The Catholic Archbishop cautioned against “hate speech and many other horrors hostile to healthy coexistence" during the political campaign.
He emphasized the need for political actors to “read the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of wisdom and humility.”
The lack of dialogue, Archbishop Imbamba continued, "further increases levels of anxiety, radicalism, intolerance, indiscipline, physical, verbal, moral and psychological violence.”
“Without excesses and blind fanaticism, which generate the climate of crispness, feuds, fear, uncertainty and lack of confidence in the future, let us be builders of bridges and not walls of separation,” the President of CEAST said.
He added, “Let us render our intelligences not to machinate evil, hatred, intrigue, slander, exclusion.”
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“For Angola we must all sit down to listen to each other; for Angola we must all strip away our differences to have the only garment that is Angola, our homeland that we love so much and that we want to see shine,” Archbishop Imbamba said.
In their weeklong Plenary Assembly scheduled to conclude February 7, CEAST members are expected to examine the pastoral life of the Catholic Church in Angola and the country's socio-political and economic situation.
Remarking on the decision to focus on children during the first year of the triennium, the Archbishop of Saurimo said the period provides an opportunity for deep reflection on the prime place of a child in the Church and society.
“The child is in fact the guarantee of the future of the church and of any nation, so the care for the child represents an absolute priority, which is also why the pastoral care of children is one of the most important things in the church” he said.
Archbishop Imbamba highlighted some challenges children face saying, “Poverty, lack of medical assistance, lack of schools, abuses, hunger and malnutrition are some of the difficulties that threaten the identity and dignity of children and compromise the future of society.”
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.