In a collective statement issued at the conclusion of their three-day maiden consultative meeting, the Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have outlined their short-term intention to remain within their respective regional Bishops’ conferences and the long-term one of delinking their national conferences to form a sub-regional Bishops’ Conference comprising the three Southern Africa nations.
The just concluded 12th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops within the Southern Africa region under the Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) continued the reviewing of the five-year strategic plan developed in 2016 as “Coordinated Leadership Plan 2016 – 2021” in view of improving it, with deliberations done by each of the six conferences of the nine-member regional entity handed over to the new Standing Committee elected during the five-day meeting.
Facilitators in the ongoing Plenary Assembly of the Bishops within the Southern Africa region of the continent have, over the last two days, guided the Church leaders drawn from six Bishops’ conferences across nine countries to deliberate on the need to ensure the safety of children within Church institutions and concrete steps towards care for God’s creation.
The need to have all members of society, and not just clergy and religious, become aware of and abide by the requirement that children are protected and safeguarded will be deliberated during planned 12th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), one of the organizers of the five-day meeting set to start on November 13 has told ACI Africa.
Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, which just hosted Pope Francis during his three-nation pastoral visit of Africa will be the venue for the 12th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).