Accra, 23 May, 2021 / 5:03 pm (ACI Africa).
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.
In their 2021 Pentecost Sunday message shared with ACI Africa, members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) say, “Our continent is currently ravaged by different variants of Coronavirus, recent statistics indicate that confirmed total cases of COVID-19 from African countries are more than 4.7 million and reported deaths are over 127 thousand.”
“This situation is further aggravated by incessant terrorist attacks and other acts of violence, unleashed even on innocent people and children, resulting to tens of thousands of fatalities in a number of African countries,” Catholic Bishops in Africa bemoan.
They add, “Sites of internally displaced people, who are without basic necessities and exposed to infectious diseases are common across the continent and the Islands.”
These highlighted challenges, the members of SECAM say, “are issues of great concern for us, your shepherds and pastors, especially, because we urged for prayers for the end of the pandemic and violence last year (2020), and have been praying since then, yet, the stories are the same, if not worse now.”