IMBISA Leadership Seeking to Foster “a more inclusive and representative region”

Members of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

The leadership of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) bringing together representatives of Catholic Bishops from nine countries of Southern Africa has expressed the commitment to fostering an inclusive regional association.

In a statement issued at the end of the IMBISA September 20-21 Standing Committee meeting, representatives of the Catholic Bishops from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa and Zimbabwe say that commitment is inspired by the theme of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality.

“Inspired by the synodal process, which places a strong emphasis on active participation, discernment, and consensus-building, our commitment to the mission of IMBISA remains unwavering,” IMBISA Standing Committee members say.

They add, “We recognize the importance of diverse voices and strive for a more inclusive and representative region.”

They recall the main content of their two-day meeting, during which they say that they “recognize the need for continuous reflection and adaptation as we navigate a rapidly evolving world.”


“Our discussions centered on the importance of adapting to these changes while remaining steadfast in our commitment to our faith and the communities we serve,” the representatives of the Catholic Church leaders in the nine countries of Southern Africa say in their statement that IMBISA President, Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda of  Windhoek in Namibia issued.

In the statement, the leadership of IMBISA underscores the need to foster a collaborative ministry, saying, “By collaborating and supporting one another, we can work towards a brighter future for our region.”

IMBISA Standing Committee members also announce that the next Plenary Assembly of the nine-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops is to be held in Eswatini in 2025.

They explain that the decision to have the 14th IMBISA Plenary Assembly in the Kingdom formerly known as Swaziland "was made based on the conducive environment it offers for fostering meaningful dialogue, networking, and communion between our member countries."

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