Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese has cautioned pastoral agents in his Episcopal See against the tendency to “manipulate others”.
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.
A Bishop in Zambia has expressed concerns about some “worrisome” trends in the Southern African nation, cautioning that the “treasured peace” might be sacrificed if nothing is done.
The need for pastoral agents to collaborate in their mission of evangelization has been emphasized at the start of a three-day virtual workshop that is bringing together Clerics and religious men and women involved in pastoral animation in Kenya.
Members of the Clergy and Religious involved in pastoral animation in Kenya have been encouraged to embrace the Christian culture, rising above their respective traditional cultures that could impede active participation in the mission of Jesus Christ.
The need to ensure that the ministry of evangelization includes a dimension of mission as reaching out to the people of God has been emphasized at the ongoing three-day virtual workshop that has brought members of the Clergy and Religious involved in pastoral animation in Kenya.
COVID-19 restrictions put the people of God in unfamiliar situations that limited their interactions, a Kenyan Bishop noted at the start of a virtual workshop bringing together mainly members of the Clergy and Religious involved in pastoral animation in Kenya whom the Bishop encouraged to come to terms with the new reality and embrace technology, seeking new ways to “be connected” with others.
The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace in the West African nation of Ivory Coast is organizing a training seminar for pastoral agents in a bid to broaden their understanding of the Social Doctrine of the Church so that they are “more involved in the life of the society to which they belong.”
At the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Ghana, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), Archbishop Philip Naameh appealed for a collaborative ministry that would see various pastoral agents including Bishops, priests, women and men religious, catechists, among others, cooperate in witnessing to Gospel values in a manner that can contribute to overcoming the challenges facing the Church in the West African nation.
Some five months after Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Letter “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (You are the light of the world) in which the Holy Father introduced norms regarding sexual abuse, Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have launched a series of trainings targeting pastoral agents in view of ensuring the protection of minors and vulnerable persons in the various structures of the local Church.