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Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo. Credit: ACI Africa

Use Lent to Examine Pastoral Structures with “clear, forward-looking vision”: DRC Cardinal

Feb 15, 2024

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called upon the people of God in his Metropolitan See to use the Lenten Season to examine pastoral “structures and infrastructures” in line with the theme of the Pastoral Year 2024.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the closing Mass of the Plenary Assembly of  members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC). Credit: Radio Okapi

“Our hearts have become insensitive”: Congolese Cardinal on Violence in Great Lakes Region

Jan 31, 2024

The violent conflicts in the Great Lakes region go beyond politics, to include economic challenges, but even more concerning, “insensitive” hearts that are “indifferent” to human suffering, the Catholic Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the closing Mass of the joint meeting between representatives of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE). Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

“Bad timing”: SECAM President Says Fiducia Supplicans “damaging” to Synodal Process

Jan 26, 2024

Fiducia Supplicans (FS), the declaration that the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) released permitting the blessing of “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, after the October 2023 Synod on Synodality conversations in Rome is “damaging” to the synodal process, an African Cardinal has said. 

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of North Africa (CERNA). Credit: Rabat Archdiocese

Subject Fiducia Supplicans to “calm” Analysis in Ongoing Synod: North Africa Bishops

Jan 17, 2024

There is need to subject Fiducia Supplicans (FS) that permits members of the Clergy to bless “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations” to the ongoing Synod on Synodality that Pope Francis extended to 2024, Catholic Bishops in North Africa have said. 

Pope Francis at his general audience on May 17, 2023 (left) and Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (right). Credit: Daniel Ibanez/SECAM

“Culture does not accept it”: Pope Francis on Africa’s Opposition to Fiducia Supplicans

Jan 15, 2024

Fiducia Supplicans (FS), the December 18 Vatican Declaration permitting members of the Clergy to bless “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations” will not be implemented in Africa “because the culture does not accept it,” Pope Francis has been quoted as saying.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

No Blessing for “same-sex couples” in Africa, Catholic Bishops Declare, Vatican Agrees

Jan 11, 2024

The Vatican declaration on the possibility of blessing “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, which the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) released on December 18 will not be implemented in Africa, Catholic Bishops have said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: SECAM

Catholic Bishops in Africa Consult “to provide unequivocal clarity” on Fiducia Supplicans

Dec 21, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Africa are consulting among themselves in view of issuing a “single synodal pronouncement” on Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican declaration on the possibility of blessing “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the 10 December 2023 Eucharistic celebration at the Holy Family Riviera 2 Parish of Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: Holy Family Riviera 2 Parish

First Catholic Education Congress in Africa Ends with Call to “invest more in education”

Dec 12, 2023

The first African Congress of Catholic Education that kicked off on December 7 in the economic capital city of Ivory Coast, Abidjan, has ended with calls on African nations to increase their respective education budgets.

Delegates at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). Credit: CEPACS

What Bishops, Communicators Resolved to Revamp Africa Bishops’ Communication Committee

Dec 5, 2023

Creating more “awareness and visibility” of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), and the development of a long-term strategic plan are among the envisaged plans to revamp the entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) with delegates during the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: CEPACS

Bishops in Africa Shine Light on Continent's Crises, Appeal for "culture of fraternity"

Nov 29, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Africa have outlined issues affecting various African countries, including poverty, inter-state conflicts, as well as coups in some places, and  appealed to the continent to nurture a “culture of fraternity”.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

“Vote according to your conscience”: Congolese Cardinal ahead of General Elections

Nov 28, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged eligible voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to vote according to their conscience and to elect leaders of good moral character in the country’s general elections slated for December 20.

CEPACS Golden Jubilee Ends with Calls for Church in Africa to Embrace Digitality

Nov 21, 2023

The Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has ended with calls on the Church in Africa to embrace the digital culture.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: CENCO

Congolese Cardinal Advocates for Pastoral Initiatives “with the poor at heart”

Nov 15, 2023

Ahead of the World Day of the Poor to be marked this year on November 19, the Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called for pastoral initiatives that are hinged on the needs of the poor.

Bishop Edouard Tsimba Ngoma and Bishop Edouard Isango Nkoyo during the 9 September Episcopal Ordination. Credit: Kinshasa Archdiocese

Cardinal in DR Congo Cautions Newly Consecrated Bishops against Fear “to denounce evil”

Sep 11, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged the newly Consecrated Auxiliary Bishops of Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to “denounce evil” fearlessly during their Episcopal Ministry.

Bishop  Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate. Credit: CENCO

“Receive everyone without discrimination”: Congolese Cardinal to New Bishop

Aug 14, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has invited the new Auxiliary Bishop of Kisangani Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to build his episcopal ministry around the practice of unconditional love, embracing all the people of God under his pastoral care “without distinction.”

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during Holy Mass in honor of late Chérubin Okende, the spokesman of Together for the Republic, one of the main opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Radio Okapi/Jonathan Fuanani

Nation Can’t “be built on assassinations”: DRCongo Cardinal on Opposition Spokesman Murder

Jul 21, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has denounced the murder of Chérubin Okende, the spokesman of Together for the Republic, one of the main opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in DR Congo. Credit: CENCO

Let’s Work Together for “a Congo more beautiful than before”: Cardinal to Congolese

Jul 8, 2023

The Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling on the people of God in the Central African nation to join hands and facilitate the realization of a “beautiful” country, that goes beyond its negative history. 

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Africa “deeply grateful”: Catholic Bishops on 10 Years of Pope Francis’ Pontificate

Mar 12, 2023

The people of God in Africa are “deeply grateful” to Pope Francis for his service to Global Catholicism in the last 10 years, the leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo reappointed to Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals. Credit: ACI Africa

“Great joy”: SECAM on Reappointment of President to Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals

Mar 8, 2023

The news of the reappointment of the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has been “received with great joy”, the Secretary General of the continental Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa has said.

SECAM Plenary Assembly Ends with Commitment to “engender new forms of leadership”

Mar 6, 2023

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have, in their communiqué at the end of their March 1-6 SECAM Plenary Assembly, taken the commitment to “engender new forms of leadership” in the Church in Africa.