Lome, 31 October, 2019 / 12:39 am (ACI Africa).
Days after the three-week Pan-Amazonian Synod concluded at the Vatican, an Ivorian religious missionary priest is of the opinion that the kind of opportunities utilized by the fathers of the recently concluded Synod were missed out by the Church in Africa, particularly at the time of implanting the Catholic faith gospel on the African continent.
“When we read the final message about the synod of the Amazonia, we say that if such a missionary vision had been favored for Africa, if the prophetic voice of many of our theologians had been heard, we would have today a more authentic African Christianity and our people would not find themselves living their faith in a constantly syncretic dynamic,” Fr. Donald Zagore, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) has stated in a reflection shared with ACI Africa.
For the Togo-based missionary, the just concluded Synod is a new beginning for the people of the Amazon as they seem to have made good use of the opportunity to recover from an “inglorious missionary past.”
“Today with the Amazon, we feel a Church that is redeemed, that is recovering, that is converted from its inglorious missionary past as in Africa working to promote an evangelizing approach, which far from imposing a European vision of the Church in the Amazon, wants to build and promote a vision specific to the Amazonian people, taking into account all the socio-cultural dynamics of this people,” Fr. Zagore reflects.
He notes that that since evangelization started in the 19th century, “The church implanted was somehow the reproduction of the European Church from which came the missionaries.”