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“Rooted in African anthropological principles”: SECAM President on Synodal Process

Mar 3, 2023

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is consistent with the social networks typical of the people of God in Africa, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said.

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

Cardinal in DR Congo to Head Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar

Feb 21, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has been confirmed as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

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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”.

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his inaugural Mass April 24, 2005, as the Catholic Church's 265th pope. | Vatican Media

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”.

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Cardinal in DR Congo Expresses “compassion” for Victims of Destructive Floods in Kinshasa

Dec 14, 2022

The Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed his “compassion” for and “spiritual closeness” with those affected by destructive floods that reportedly left at least 120 people dead in the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

A poster announcing the Diocesan Youth in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in DR Congo. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Urges Youth to “show solidarity” with the Displaced amid Insecurity

Nov 22, 2022

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has urged young people in his Episcopal See to be in solidarity with the displaced persons amid insecurity in the Eastern part of the country.

A poster announcing the October 17 press conference. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Climate Change is “structural sin”, Bishops in Africa Say, Demand World Leaders’ Action

Oct 17, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have joined other faith-based and civil society actors in demanding that world “decision makers” act fast to address the climate change crisis, which they say is a “striking example of structural sin.”

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in DRC. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Absence of state authority” Behind Persistent Inter-tribal Conflict in DR Congo: Cardinal

Oct 16, 2022

The persistent violent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke communities in Kwamouth territory in Western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been occasioned by the “absence of state authority”, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at the conclusion Mass of their 19th Plenary  Assembly at the Holy Spirit Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Accra on 31 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Plenary Assembly Ends with Appeal to Political Stakeholders to End Insecurity

Jul 31, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)) have, in their communiqué at the end of their 19th Plenary Assembly, appealed to “social and political stakeholders and decision-makers … to do their utmost” to end insecurity on the African continent.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr (center), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu (left) and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (right)bSECAM President, First Vice and Second Vice President respectively. Credit: ACI Africa

New SECAM Leadership Reaches Out to Regional Conferences for Support to Realize Mission

Jul 31, 2022

The newly elected officials of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have called upon members of the eight regional associations to support them realize the mission the continental symposium.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr (center), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu (left) and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (right) elected SECAM President, First Vice and Second Vice President respectively on 30 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Ghanaian Cardinal-designate to Head Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar

Jul 30, 2022

The Ghanaian Cardinal-designate, Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, has been elected President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

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

Pope Francis “confirmed that he is coming” Despite Knee Pain: Cardinal in DR Congo

May 20, 2022

Pope Francis is expected to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July despite his health challenges, especially the pain in his knee, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing pastoral agents in DR Congo's Kinshasa Archdiocese on 4 January 2021. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Urges Pastoral Agents to “support those in precarious situations”

Jan 5, 2022

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has urged pastoral agents under his jurisdiction to do more to support their fellow brothers and sisters in difficult situations.

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

“Culture of lies gaining ground” in DR Congo, Cardinal Says, Urges Testimony of Faith

Dec 7, 2021

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned against the culture of lies, which he says is “gaining ground” in the Central African nation.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing journalists after an audience he granted a section of government officials in the country led by the Speaker of the National Assembly. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Church, Government in DR Congo Have “no problem”: Lawmaker Says amid Media Speculations

Nov 25, 2021

There is “no problem” between the State and the leadership of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a lawmaker in the Central African country has said amid media speculations of tensions between the two entities.   

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

DR Congo’s Electoral Commission Head “not the right choice”: Congolese Cardinal

Nov 6, 2021

Denis Kadima who was confirmed as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “is not the right choice”, a Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

The headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Confirmation of DR Congo’s Electoral Commission Head “endorsement of irregularity”: Bishop

Oct 25, 2021

The decision by President Félix Tshisekedi to confirm Denis Kadima as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite opposition from the Catholic and Protestant churches amounts to endorsing an “irregularity”, a Catholic Bishop in the Central African nation has said.  

Members of the Caucus of Catholic Parliamentarians with Fridolin Cardinal Amobongo. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa/Facebook

Catholic Politicians in DR Congo Condemn Attacks on Church Leaders, Appeal for Serenity

Aug 19, 2021

Catholic politicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent attacks targeting the Catholic Church and her leaders and have called for serenity in the Central African nation.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing himself to Catholic faithful during Holy Mass at the Our Lady of Congo Cathedral of DRC’s Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Criticizes Attack on His Residence, Thanks Faithful for Solidarity

Aug 10, 2021

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has criticized the recent storming of his residence and thanked the Catholic faithful for standing with him in prayer.

Some members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo "strongly condemn" Series of Attacks on Church

Aug 7, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent attacks targeting the Catholic Church and her leaders.