Accra, 27 July, 2022 / 9:02 pm (ACI Africa).
The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality has finally given Africa a voice to be heard by the rest of the world, a member of the Synod Council in Rome has told delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana.
In his presentation on the second day of the July 25 – August 1 Plenary Assembly that has brought together over 120 Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar, Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda in Cameroon said that the process leading to Synod on Synodality is also a chance for Africa “to craft out its own identity as a Church.”
“Many people often say that the future of the Church is in Africa. I don't know whether Africans themselves say this, but all I can say is that Synodality at the continental level gives Africa the opportunity to craft out its own identity as a Church,” Archbishop Nkea said in his Tuesday, July 26 address.
He added, “The continental stage of the synodal process simply means that Africa has been given a chance for her voice to be heard in the world as Africa. But better still, Africa has been given a chance to hear her own voice on her own soil about what she wants for herself.”
The Archbishop of Bamenda urged the delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of SECAM to hold the continental conversations on the Synod on Synodality in high esteem.