Johannesburg, 20 September, 2019 / 12:45 am (ACI Africa).
The theme of family that preoccupied African bishops during yearlong celebration of the golden jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is guiding the Synod of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg in South Africa that is set to start on Friday, September 20.
According to the main organizer of the Synod, Fr. Bruce Botha, the two-day event will seek to focus on “the issues that we need to address as a Church to make family life easier, better and more life giving.”
“It is not a question of how we can make people aware of and honour the sacrament and nature of Christian marriage,” Fr. Botha who is the Apostolic Vicar for Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg clarified in an interview to a local Catholic radio.
The overall theme of the Synod is “Marriage and Family life, Youth, Renewal and Missionary Discipleship.”
The event, which will bring together four representatives from each of the 106 out of the 123 parishes of Johannesburg Archdiocese, will seek to address critical issues affecting marriage life.