Bata, 16 March, 2021 / 6:35 pm (ACI Africa).
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.
In their Monday, March 15 statement sent to ACI Africa, the leadership of SECAM says that Catholic Bishops in Africa are "deeply saddened" by the explosions which are "a tragic and lamentable situation compounded by the current coronavirus pandemic."
"Dear brothers and sisters in Equatorial Guinea, be assured that the Church-family-of-God in Africa is close to you and carries you in her daily prayers and addresses supplications to Jesus Christ to comfort and strengthen you," Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar say in the statement signed by SECAM's President, Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo.
Noting that the experience of such tragedy as the deadly explosion may lead those in "grief and anguish" to doubt God's omnipotence and omnipresence, the Bishops say, in reference to the Book of Psalms, "The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and helps those whose spirit is crushed."
"Look up to God with hope; He suffers with you and has not abandoned you. Courage!" members of SECAM say in their March 15 solidarity message shared with ACI Africa.