Lagos, 22 November, 2023 / 7:59 pm (ACI Africa).
The Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) and the Synod on Synodality , which Pope Francis extended to 2024, provide an opportunity to examine the situation of “the Pan-African dream” with regard to communication, an official involved in the preparation of the November 18-21 event has said.
In his speech on Monday, November 20, Fr. Andrew Kaufa, who is the Coordinator of the department of Social Communications of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) said, “Both the Synod and the 50th anniversary of CEPACS give us an opportunity to revisit the Pan-African dream regarding Church communication.”
The two events provide an opportunity for relaunching “communication at all levels of our Church in Africa,” Fr. Kaufa added on the third of celebrations of the initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that were held in Nigeria's Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
He went on to highlight some of the gaps in the operations of the continental entity comprising the eight Catholic Bishops at the helm of the Commission of Social Communications in the eight regional conferences of SECAM, and their President.
Besides “the lack or inadequate spaces for continental coordination,” Fr. Kaufa said that “capacity development is one of the most critical gaps that stands between appropriate application of the traditional/social media and the pastoral challenges” in Africa.