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SECAM Hopes Nigeria’s General Elections Will Produce Leaders “with justice, integrity”

Feb 16, 2023

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) are praying and hoping that the general elections in Nigeria give the West African nation political leaders “with justice and integrity”.

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Catholic Bishops in Africa Eulogize Pope Emeritus as Servant with “great self-sacrifice”

Jan 2, 2023

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have paid glowing tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who passed on in Rome on December 31, eulogizing him as a Catholic Church leader who served with “great self-sacrifice”.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, First Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishops in Africa Urge Inclusion of Indigenous Communities in “climate discourse”

Jun 23, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa are calling for the incorporation of indigenous people in discussions on biodiversity and climate. 

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

Catholic Bishops in Africa to Focus on “ownership of SECAM” at Planned Plenary Assembly

Mar 28, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa are expected to deliberate on the ownership of their continental forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), during their Plenary Assembly scheduled to begin in July in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

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Catholic Bishops in Africa Respond to Pope Francis’ Call for Ukraine, Russia Consecration

Mar 23, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in separate statements, responded to Pope Francis’ call for prayer and consecration of Russia and Ukraine scheduled to take place on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Friday, March 25.

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“Our country seems to have lost its very soul”: Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Province

Jul 22, 2021

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have, in a collective statement, bemoaned the multiple crises in the West African nation saying the country “seems to have lost its very soul.”

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Catholic Bishops in Africa Want Nations, Trans-National Companies to Respect Human Rights

Oct 17, 2019

As the fifth session of the Open-Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on Transnational Corporations gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland with the aim of  developing an international protocol to guide the operations of Trans-National Companies (TNCs), Catholic Bishops in the world’s second largest continent are calling on governments and the international community to ensure that TNCs respect human rights.