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Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior (right) during the 25 April 2024 press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa Acts on Synod on Synodality Call to “theological, pastoral discernment” on Polygamy, Creates Commission

May 3, 2024

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has responded to the call of the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discern pastoral care towards persons in polygamous unions.

The “distinct cultural, community forces” Africa’s Delegates to Synod on Synodality Want Integrated into Church Mission

Apr 26, 2024

Embracing the new way of being Church through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and living out the spirit of “Ubuntu” are the two particular “cultural and community forces” that delegates representing the Church in Africa at the ongoing Synod on Synodality want integrated into the continental mission of the Church.

Delegates during the 1-6 March 2023 SECAM Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa's Delegates to Synod in Synodality in Nairobi to “deepen their knowledge and understanding of Synodality”

Apr 23, 2024

Delegates to represent the Church in Africa at the second session of the Synod on Synodality are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to “deepen” their insights about Synodality ahead of the 2-29 October 2024 session in Rome.

Catholic Prelates Must “tread path of listening”: Archbishop on Ministry of Bishop in Mission of Church in Africa

Apr 19, 2024

Catholic Prelates cannot adequately fulfill their Episcopal Ministry if they ignore the virtue of listening, Archbishop Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye of Ghana’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi has said. 

A poster announcing the March 14 webinar organized under the theme, “Church in Africa: Becoming Synodal in mission”. Credit: AMECEA

AMECEA Chairman on How to Foster Synodality in Families, Small Christian Communities

Mar 15, 2024

Initiatives towards training, engaging in dialogue, aiming for a common ground in decision-making processes, and the fostering of inclusive participation are some of the ways the spirit of Synodality can be fostered in families and among members of the new way of being Church in Africa, the Small Christian communities (SCCs), the Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has said. 

Fr. Charles Chilufya S.J, Director of the Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network Africa opens the session on the need for an ethically-informed approach to achieving justice in mining and facilitating a just transition at COP 28 Faith Pavilion. Credit: JENA/PACJA

COP28: Faith, Civil Actors Call for “ethical practice” in Accessing Africa’s Resources

Dec 6, 2023

Faith and civil actors in Africa are calling for “ethical practice” in accessing Africa’s natural resources.

Bishop Charles Kasonde delivering the message of Catholic Bishops in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region. Credit: AMECEA

What Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Seek to Champion at COP28

Dec 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region will be advocating for good governance in the extraction of minerals, and operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund among other issues at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

Late Bishop Paride Taban. Credit: CRN

AMECEA Eulogizes South Sudanese Bishop as “faithful servant” Who Lived the Beatitudes

Nov 4, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa have eulogized the late South Sudanese Bishop Paride Taban who passed on the Solemnity of All Saints as one who was dedicated to the nation’s peace and reconciliation. 

A poster announcing the November 15 webinar. Credit: African Synodality Initiative (ASI)

African Delegates to Share Experience, Lessons from Synod on Synodality in Planned Webinar

Oct 31, 2023

African delegates who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome are expected to share their experience and lessons from the meeting in a webinar scheduled for November 15.

A poster announcing the Silver Jubilee of Blessed Bakanja Seminary. Credit: AMECEA

At 25, Kenya-based Blessed Bakanja Seminary Making Inroads into Central, Southern Africa

Oct 23, 2023

When the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) established Blessed Bakanja Seminary 25 years ago, the Nairobi-based Catholic institution admitted only 19 Seminarians from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Logo Blessed Bakanja AMECEA College. Credit: Blessed Bakanja AMECEA College

AMECEA Appeals for Support for Kenya-based Regional Seminary to “run without hurdles”

Oct 23, 2023

The leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) is appealing for the support of the Blessed Bakanja Seminary to overcome challenges involved in the formation of Seminarians enrolled at the Nairobi-based institution. 

Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops with former President, Edgar Lungu of Zambia and other attendees of the first sub-regional consultative meeting. Credit: Vatican News

Planned 2024 Meeting of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Bishops to “address various challenges”

Sep 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are to deliberate on “various challenges” bedeviling the people of God in the African region, including inequality, and concerns around the environment. 

A screenshop of Bishop Charles Kasonde delivering the keynote address at the conference of stakeholders of the Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI)  in Lusaka, Zambia on Tuesday, August 29. Credit: Lumentv Zambia

AMECEA Chairman Faults “institutionalized child care apostolate”, Says Not “ideal”

Aug 30, 2023

The care of children in faith-based structured institutions is not the “ideal” way of child upbringing, the Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has said. 

Official logo of the Golden Jubilee Year of Small Christian Communities (SCCs). Credit: AMECEA

Church in AMECEA Seeking to Grow Small Christian Communities in Yearlong Celebrations

Aug 25, 2023

The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has launched the Golden Jubilee Year of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) to assess the status of this new way of being church in the region.

A meeting of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region. Credit: Meru Diocese

Malawi Bishops Call for “reflective moments” ahead of Small Christian Communities Jubilee

Jul 6, 2023

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are calling for “reflective moments” during the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of the model of being church through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region.

Flag of Sudan on soldier's arm. Credit: Bumble Dee/Shutterstock

Take Action to End “genocide” in Darfur, Sudan: Christian Leaders to AU, IGAD

Jun 30, 2023

Various associations of Christian leaders in Africa and their global partners are calling on the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to act immediately and stop the “genocide” in Sudan’s Darfur region. 

Archbishop Martin Musonde Kivuva, delivering the keynote address at the convention of stakeholders of the Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI) in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Nairobi on 16 May 2023. Credit: Sr. Jecinter Okoth, FSSA/AMECEA

Let’s Support Families for Children’s “holistic development”: Catholic Archbishop in Kenya

May 17, 2023

Families need to be supported to ensure the “holistic development” of children, the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has said.

Fr. Andrew Small, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors addressing participants during the convention of stakeholders of the Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI) in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Nairobi on 16 May 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Not a new moral requirement”: Vatican Official on Safeguarding Children in Eastern Africa

May 17, 2023

The moral requirement to safeguard children is not new, the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said. 

Caritas officials who met in Rome for their 10th regional assembly. Credit: Caritas Africa

Caritas in Eastern Africa Urges Humanitarian Agencies to “urgently step up” Sudan support

May 12, 2023

Presidents of Caritas in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have appealed to humanitarian agencies operating in war-torn Sudan to “urgently” increase their support for victims of the war that is raging in the country’s capital, Khartoum.

Victims of Cyclone Freddy in Malawi. Credit: Sant'Egidio  Community

“The situation is bad”: AMECEA Leadership Appeals for Malawi Cyclone Survivors

Mar 21, 2023

The Bishop at the helm of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has described the situation of those who have survived the Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi as “bad”.