Nairobi, 11 August, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
For three days starting August 15, participants from Africa who will take part in the upcoming Synod on Synodality assembly in October will be meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to gain “a deep knowledge and clear understanding” of the details of the Synod.
In a statement issued Friday, August 11, Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior, the Secretary General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) which has organized the meeting in collaboration with the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) said the participants at the planned meeting will familiarize themselves with Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the Synod.
The seminar will bring together 50 participants from across Africa, to prepare for the October Synod in Rome and “to know one another,” Fr. Simbine said.
He said the four-day meeting is expected to be an occasion for Africa delegates to “recap some of the fruits from the Continental Synodal Assembly.”
The August 15-18 meeting will also “facilitate a conversation on some of the issues of pastoral interest raised in the Instrumentum Laboris so that participants can reflect on appropriate responses to them,” Fr. Simbine said.