Catholic Bishop in Angola Challenges African Leaders to Contribute to “improving life”

Bishop António Francisco Jaca of Benguela Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

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.”


The Angolan member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) further added, “Angola must promote this peace and well-being, the culture of peace, of reunion and of development.”

“I hope that our country takes good examples from this meeting, giving the best of itself, taking advantage of the best that others have to offer, so that this encounter between nations contributes to development and well-being,” he said. 

The Local Ordinary of Benguela Diocese since June 2018, after being transferred from Caxito Diocese, said the Southern African nation needs to foster “peaceful coexistence between peoples and above all (promote) social well-being for our country is known for what is good that it does, and is not in the news for what is bad, for what doesn't help, for what doesn't build.” 

Angola, he continued, need to be“in the news for development, for peace, for serenity, for prosperity, for everything that can lead our country to be a welcoming country.”

The Angolan Catholic Bishop said he hopes the November 22-24 meeting “produces what we all hope it will.”

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The Luanda Biennial seeks to promote the prevention of violence and conflicts, through cultural exchange between African countries and intergenerational dialogue.

The forum brings together youth representatives from several African countries to debate with political leaders the current challenges facing the people of God on the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent.

João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.