Nairobi, 29 December, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The church in Africa has a responsibility of promoting human dignity and showing solidarity with people especially in areas experiencing conflicts, an official at the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has said.
In a Wednesday, December 1 interview with ACI Africa, the Coordinator for Integral Human development at Nairobi-based AMECEA Secretariat highlighted the role the church has played in response to the conflicts in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and also in South Sudan.
“The church teaches that the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of our Catholic social teachings. As a church we must stand by the person; the dignity of the person,” Fr. Paul Igweta said.
Fr. Igweta added, “The person who is affected by this war, the person who is at war with himself and especially people denied the most basic things, such as people in refugee camps who are suffering, should be given top priority.”
The Kenyan Catholic Priest reiterated the need to protect the sacredness of each member of the society saying, “The human person constitutes both the sacred and social being. We realize our dignity and rights in our relationships with each other.”