Nairobi, 28 March, 2022 / 9:27 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Africa are expected to deliberate on the ownership of their continental forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), during their Plenary Assembly scheduled to begin in July in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The last SECAM Plenary Assembly, the 18th, was in July 2019 in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, when the Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa celebrated its golden jubilee and elected Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Ouagadougou Archdiocese, Burkina Faso, as its president.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa March 25, the Secretary General of SECAM announces the theme and area of focus for the 19th Plenary Assembly of SECAM set to kick off on July 25 and conclude on August 1.
“This year’s Plenary Assembly, which is on the theme: 'Ownership of SECAM; Security and Migration in Africa and the Islands,' shall firstly focus on the implications of ownership for its members,” Fr. Terwase Henry Akaabiam says in the statement dated March 25.
Outlining security as the second focus of the Catholic Bishops in Africa during the July/August Plenary Assembly, Fr. Akaabiam traces this focus to the situation of “many conflicts” in Africa and the need for a return to God as was examined during the 18th Plenary Assembly of SECAM and explained in the Kampala Document.