In the July 4 press conference, Bishop Kumordji said, “There are presently over 600 Catholic Bishops in Africa, of which 28 are Cardinals. Two of these are from Ghana.”
“The Bishops established SECAM’s headquarters here in Accra, Ghana and adopted 3 official languages. English, French and Portuguese,” he added.
According to the member of the Society of the Divine Word, Catholic Bishops in Africa have been speaking out and working “against the growing imbalances between the North and South of the world, as far as the distribution of resources is concerned.”
Catholic Bishops in Uganda hosted the last SECAM Plenary Assembly in Kampala in July 2019, which marked the conclusion of the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of the continental symposium.
The deliberations of the members of SECAM during their 18th Plenary Assembly in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, were compiled in a 100-page document known as the "Kampala Document" (KD), which was unveiled on 21 January 2021.
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In the KD, SECAM members invited Christians in Africa and beyond to seek a deeper understanding of Jesus and to guard against “spiritualities of deliverance and prosperity”.
Making reference to KD, Bishop Kumordji said, “Bishops in Africa pointed out the damage being done to creation, our environment and the political and economic crisis in which we find ourselves with millions of people living in subhuman conditions of life.”
“It is as a result of these and other issues militating against the development of Africa that the plenary to be held this month in Ghana will be focusing more on security and migration in its deliberations,” the Treasurer of SECAM said.
SECAM, the Ghanaian Bishop continued, “seeks to bring the voice of the Catholic Church on issues of good governance, sustainable development and to promote servant leadership across the continent and the islands.”
“As a way of getting a wider platform for this objective, SECAM has since 2015 maintained an observer status at the African Union (AU),” the 66-year-old Bishop said, and added, “The AU is an important platform for bringing issues concerning the Church to the attention of African governments, organizations and the entire world.”
“Situations of conflict, migration disease, or even bad governance which infringe on human dignity, no longer have to remain the concern of only those who are affected on the continent,” Bishop Kumordji said.
The 19th SECAM plenary Assembly that is to officially conclude with Holy Mass at Holy Spirit Cathedral of Accra Archdiocese on July 31 will have a “Communique or a Message that will be presented by the new President of SECAM who would have been elected a day before the closing ceremony,” the Treasurer of SECAM said.
He noted that “even though the participation is limited to official delegates, arrangements could be made for media interactions or interviews with the Cardinals and Bishops through the Communications Subcommittee of the Local Planning Committee of the Assembly at GIMPA.”
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.