Latest stories: SECAM

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication. Credit: Oyo Diocese

African Bishop Recently Appointed to Vatican Dicastery to Foster Media Pastoral Dynamism

Dec 5, 2021

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese who was appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication on December 3 has said that he will seek, in his “own modest way”, to foster a pastoral dynamism that brings the people of God together “through the media of communication”.

Phillippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Congratulate SECAM President on Episcopal Anniversary

Nov 26, 2021

The leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has congratulated the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) as he marks 25 years since he was ordained a Bishop.

Fr. Aniedi Okure, Executive Director, AFJN addressing participants at a conference on land grabbing in Africa. Credit: AFJN

Faith Leaders in Africa Decry “impunity of corporate, elite capture of African land”

Oct 26, 2021

Representatives of various Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and Civil Societies Organizations (CSOs) in Africa have, in a joint statement, decried the “capture of African land and natural resources” by what they have called “private actors” and condemned the “impunity” enjoyed by those involved.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Unequal Care of Catholic Priests and Sisters is Gender Inequality: South African Bishop

Aug 31, 2021

One of the ways in which gender inequality manifests itself in the Church is the unequal care given to Catholic Priests and Religious Sisters, a South African Bishop has said.

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior. Credit: SECAM

Small Christian Communities “true experience of synodality” for Church in Africa: Priest

Aug 25, 2021

The way of being church through membership in Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in Africa portrays a true experience of communion and collaboration, a Catholic Priest has said.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

On SECAM Day, Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “inclusive culture, rooted in Christ”

Jul 29, 2021

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa have “passionately” appealed to the people of God on the continent to avoid divisions, striving to embrace an inclusive culture that is rooted in Christ.

Screenshot of some participants during the July 22 virtual session to mark 2021 SECAM Day. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Africans Invited to Interact with Bishops’ “Kampala Document” for Renewed Evangelization

Jul 25, 2021

The people of God in Africa have been invited to interact with the Kampala Document (KD) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the 100-page publication that resulted from the discussions Catholic Bishops in Africa had at the conclusion of their year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations (July 2018 to July 2019).

The Front Page of SECAM's Kampala Document. Credit: SECAM

Church in Africa Needs New Pastoral Approach “centered on personal conversion”: Cleric

Jul 23, 2021

There is a need for new approach to evangelization in Africa, with a focus on “personal conversion”, a Catholic Cleric has told participants at the virtual event organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Poster announcing the Fourth African Union-European Union Agricultural Ministerial Conference/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

African Faith Leaders, Civil Society Decry Locals’ Exclusion in World Agriculture Policies

Jun 22, 2021

Members of Our Land is Our Life Alliance, an entity that brings together various African civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith leaders, have decried the exclusion of local populations in the implementation of agricultural policies that affect the continent.

Logo of the of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Africa, Europe Jointly Encourage Fostering of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Jun 4, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Africa and Europe have, in a joint statement, encouraged the fostering of inter-religious dialogue in their respective continents in line with the message of Pope Francis in his October 2020 Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti.

A poster announcing the May 26 webinar on the recently launched Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP). Credit: Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)/Facebook

Laudado Si’ Week: African Cleric Outlines Church’s Role in Safeguarding “our common home”

May 26, 2021

As part of the “Laudato Si’ Week” aimed at marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the environment, a Catholic Priest in Africa has outlined ways that the Church on the continent can implement the recently launched Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP).

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On Pentecost, Bishops in Africa Urge Charity amid COVID-19 Challenges, Violent Conflicts

May 23, 2021

Bishops in Africa have, in a message on the Solemnity of Pentecost, called for charity as a manifestation of life under the influence of the Holy Spirit amid multiple challenges on the continent, including new COVID-19 variants and violent conflicts.

The Late Archbishop emeritus of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese, Christian Cardinal Tumi who was laid to rest on 20 April 2021. Courtesy Photo

At Burial, Cameroon’s Cardinal Eulogized as Promoter of Communion, Human Dignity, Justice

Apr 21, 2021

The late Cameroon’s Christian Cardinal Tumi has been, at his burial Tuesday, April 20, remembered for fostering reconciliation, communion, human dignity, and justice in the Central African nation.

The new Bishop of Kimberly, Duncan Theodore Tsoke. Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference

Newly Installed South African Bishop Urged to Help People “fall in love with God”

Apr 20, 2021

The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has called on the newly installed Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Kimberley Diocese to strive to help the people of God under his care to grow in their love for God.

Lesotho's Sebastian Koto Cardinal Khoarai who dies on Saturday, April 17. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Late Cardinal of Lesotho “made our country known”, Cleric Says in Tribute

Apr 19, 2021

A member of the Clergy in Lesotho has , in his tribute to late Sebastian Cardinal Koto Khoarai, credited the first-ever Cardinal in the Southern African nation for bringing the country to the global arena.

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Let Africa “sing” her Success Stories, Burkinabé Cleric on Challenges Facing Continent

Apr 9, 2021

The biggest challenge in Africa is the inability to bring out successes on the continent and the bright future that awaits various African countries in the coming years, a Rome-based Catholic Priest, a native of Burkina Faso, has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Smoke billowing from Nkoa Ntoma military camp in Bata following the March 7 series of blasts. / Misiones Salesianas

Salesians Reach Out to Survivors of Equatorial Guinea Explosions with Emergency Aid

Mar 23, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) are reaching out to hundreds of survivors of the March 7 series of blasts in Equatorial Guinea that resulted in the loss of at least 107 human lives and more than 600 injured people in the country’s Diocese of Bata.

An image of Bata following the March 7 explosions / Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Africa Express Solidarity with Equatorial Guinea Following Recent Tragic Blasts

Mar 16, 2021

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have expressed solidarity with the people of God in Equatorial Guinea following the March 7 series of blasts that resulted in the loss of at least 107 human lives and more than 600 injured people in the country’s Diocese of Bata. 

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On 90th Anniversary of Vatican Radio, Bishops in Africa Hope for Continued Collaboration

Feb 12, 2021

As Vatican Radio marks 90 years since its establishment on Friday, February 12, Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a letter shared with ACI Africa, expressed the hope that there will be continued collaboration with the Rome-based Catholic radio.

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Bishops in Nigeria Support “alternative” Security Outfits, Say Authorities Have Failed

Jan 31, 2021

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the lack effectiveness of security forces in combating violence in the West African country and expressed their support for “alternative and lawful initiatives” that have emerged to restore peace in the country.