For a start, the committee has embarked on an awareness campaign that entails visiting various Catholic Dioceses across the country and engaging them on implementation strategies.
The committee has come up with a six-month work plan, and starting August 10, has already conducted pastoral visits to eight Dioceses.
These include the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa, Vicariate of Meki, Apostolic Prefecture of Robe, Vicariate of Hawasa, Vicariate of Sodo, Vicariate of Hossana, Eparchy of Emdibir and Vicariate of Jimma-Bonga.
In the report, Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia say that various discussions were held in the six Dioceses, and a virtual platform has also been developed to facilitate communication for tasks that the committee has lined up.
The CBCE members have announced that in the coming weeks, discussions will be held at the Eparchy of Bahirdar-Dessie, Vicariate of Nekemet, and Gambella dioceses.
Priests in the Eparchy of Adigrat are also slated to hold a meeting in Addis Ababa “in the coming days” to create more engagement with the strategic plan.
The Catholic Church leaders say that the 10-year plan involves evaluating the previous plans made by church institutions as well as those that have been established and are being implemented.
It also involves analysis of projects being implemented, and identifying obstacles such as short durations, difficulty in implementation and lack of timely evaluation as main factors for the lack of timely execution of the projects.
The CBCE steering committee has, this time, divided the 10-year strategic plan into four implementation phases and set a time limit for each.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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