Nairobi, 28 September, 2019 / 3:30 am (ACI Africa).
The just concluded Nairobi tri-party conference, which sought to deliberate on the status of the evangelization mission in Africa saw participants emphasize the need to promote the African identity in the Church on the continent and to have the African voice in the universal Catholicism.
“The conference provided (a) forum to theologians to send their own evaluation of the mission in Africa to the Papal structure in charge of missions,” Fr. Paul Beré, a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) at the Holy See told ACI Africa Thursday.
“There is (a) need for "africanness” in African Churches, but it is up to us (Africans) to make it happen,” Fr. Beré underscored in reference to the deliberations at the Nairobi conference convened in preparation for the 400th anniversary of Propaganda Fide to be held in 2022.
“Africa can find a solution to all its problems within, what we (Africans) simply need is the slightest desire to share the solutions across the continent,” Fr. Beré who lectures at Biblical Institute in Rome observed.
Organized by Missio-Aachen, the Pontifical Urbaniana University, and Tangaza University College of Nairobi, the five-day conference brought together theologians from different African countries.