Nairobi, 10 March, 2020 / 1:45 am (ACI Africa).
The worrying trend of the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, with some nine African countries affected is a matter of concern for those at the helm of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) who have, in a collective statement, expressed concern and formulated a prayer in the face of “this strange epidemic.”
“We, members of the SECAM Standing Committee, meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from March 4. -7, 2020 have noted with concern the growing number of cases of Coronavirus infection in Africa and the rest of the world,” reads in part SECAM statement availed to ACI Africa Monday, March, 9.
“We express our sympathy for and solidarity with those who are infected and affected by this strange epidemic and pray that an effective and affordable treatment of this disease may soon be found,” the collective statement of the members of SECAM’s Standing Committee further reads.
“We encourage all the faithful to meticulously follow the instructions given by the Civil and Ecclesiastical authorities regarding the virus,” the statement signed by SECAM President, Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo goes on.
The continental Church leaders ask for prayers “for those infected and affected by this disease and for a quick end to the scourge of the Coronavirus.”