Accra, 02 January, 2023 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have paid glowing tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who passed on in Rome on December 31, eulogizing him as a Catholic Church leader who served with “great self-sacrifice”.
In a tribute shared with ACI Africa Monday, January 2, the First Vice President of SECAM, says the Church Family of God in Africa and Madagascar received with “great sadness and deep emotion the news of the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.”
“This great servant of God who returns to the Father’s house in all serenity during the octave of the Nativity knew how to be, throughout his pontifical ministry, a great witness of the new evangelization, servant of love in truth (Caritas in Veritate),” Fridolin Besungu Cardinal Ambongo says in the one-page tribute.
Writing on behalf of Catholic Bishops in Africa, Cardinal Ambongo says the late Pope emeritus “served the whole Church with great self-sacrifice and has worked tirelessly for justice, peace, reconciliation and dialogue between cultures.”
“The people of Africa know that Benedict XVI treated them in a very special way during his pontificate,” the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) adds.