Abuja, 23 January, 2023 / 3:55 pm (ACI Africa).
The Director of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has said that the people of God in the region have welcomed the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality that is at the consultation phase at the level of the continent as “a gift from God”.
Speaking at a Tuesday, January 17 virtual press conference on the progress of the Continental phase of the Synodal Process, Fr. Rafael Baciano Sapato said the encounters have brought to the fore challenges that Catholics in the IMBISA region face.
“As IMBISA, we welcome this synodal process as a gift from God to our Church,” Fr. Sapato said during the event that was organized by the General Secretariat of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Communication desk of the Vatican’s General Secretariat of the Synod.
He added, “We are so thankful to the Holy Father for giving us the chance to share, to talk and to deepen our faith.”
“The image we have in our region is still the Church as a family,” the member of the Clergy of Mozambique’s Lichinga Diocese said, and added, “We are hopeful that this process is going to reinforce the image of families, since everybody is taking synodality into account.”