What Bishops, Communicators Resolved to Revamp Africa Bishops’ Communication Committee

Delegates at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). Credit: CEPACS

Creating more “awareness and visibility” of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), and the development of a long-term strategic plan are among the envisaged plans to revamp the entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

In a statement shared with ACI Africa on December 2, days after concluding the four-day Golden Jubilee celebrations of the continental entity that brings together the eight Catholic Bishops at the helm of the Commission of Social Communications in the eight regional conferences of SECAM, and their President, Africa’s Catholic Bishops and communication professionals express their commitment to enhancing individual and joint “structured coordination of social communication in meeting the noble objectives of the Church on the continent.”

“We… resolve to enhance awareness and visibility of CEPACS, its mission, vision, and objectives at all levels of the Church in the African continent through the regional and national conferences; and all Ecclesial communities,” they say.

The five-page communique also outlines plans to “develop and strengthen CEPACS operational structures across the continent to facilitate engagement in a collective communication and synodal journey as well as grow together at the diocesan, national, regional, continental, and universal levels.”

The need to “form and capacity-build the CEPACS continental Committee and define its relationship with the regional and national episcopal conferences for the future” are additional plans of action outlined in the statement that the Presidents of CEPACS, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese, the Social Communication Coordinator of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Fr. Andrew Kaufa, consigned.


They further commit to reviving and designing regional communication structures and rekindling the interest and commitment of Bishops of the various conferences in Africa.

This, the statement dated November 20 indicates, is to be realized by championing “the ethical discourse in traditional, modern and contemporary Communication, especially in new media initiatives like artificial intelligence in relevant circles” as well as holding physical or virtual sessions with the regional social communication teams.

The leadership of CEPACS is to “prioritize specialized training for media personnel in the region and local diocese and Churches to enable the Gospel message to get everywhere as well as receive a positive reception.”

The need to “facilitate adoption of appropriate digital media use as a platform for evangelizing particularly the younger generation who use online applications most of the time” is also outlined in the statement following the November 18-21 Golden Jubilee celebrations in Lagos, Nigeria, organized under the theme, “CEPACS at 50: Towards Promoting a Synodal Church in Africa through Social Communications”.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.