Luanda, 25 November, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Angola has weighed in on the November 22-24 Third Edition of the Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, also known as Luanda Biennial, challenging African leaders in attendance to take action that contribute to “improving life” on the continent.
In his Wednesday, November 22 homily during the 60th Anniversary of the Archbishop of Malanje, Bishop António Francisco Jaca said, “We call on our leaders to take actions that can contribute to peace, to well-being, to culture, to sport, to improving life on our continent in particular and in the world in general.”
“Wars, hatred, and everything that divides humanity should not be promoted. Peace and well-being should be promoted,” Bishop Jaca added.
The Local Ordinary of Benguela Diocese who doubles as President of the Episcopal Commission for Culture and Social Communications of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST) said he looked on the African leaders at the meeting to share “experiences” that inspire Angolans, and foster “the culture of encounter” in the Southern African nation.
“We hope this meeting can bring to Angola experiences that can make our country favor the culture of encounter, where people must meet and seek to make the world a better place,” he said about the three-day meeting organized under the theme, “Education, Culture of Peace and African Citizenship as Tools for the Sustainable Development of the Continent.”