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Latest stories: Plenary Assembly

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka pictured at SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda in 2019. / ACI Africa

Despite Devastation, COVID-19 “providential in some way”: South African Bishop

While COVID-19 is having devastating effects on the people of God in Southern Africa, the pandemic might have been “providential in some way,” the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during their plenary assembly in January 2020. / Website Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Bishops in Southern Africa to Hold Virtual Plenary Assembly amid COVID-19 Surge

Members of the three-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have decided to have their first Plenary Assembly in 2012 virtually due to the rising reported cases of COVID-19 and related restrictions, the leadership has announced.

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra greets crowds in CAR’s capital city, Bangui. /

Insecurity in CAR Bars Three Bishops from Accessing Bangui for Plenary Meeting

The rising insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) has prevented three Bishops from their colleagues for the first annual Plenary Assembly taking place in the country’s capital, Bangui, a source in the country has told ACI Africa.

Archbishop Philip Naameh, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference with Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana and Bishop Edoe Kumordji, SVD, Bishop of the Keta-Akatsi Diocese at the opening of the 2020 Plenary of the GCBC at the St. Catherine Girls Senior High School at Agbakope on November 9, 2020. / Damian Avevor

The Word of God Must be Engraved in Ghanaians’ Lives, Bishops at Plenary Assembly

The Catholic Bishops in Ghana have underscored the need for the Word of God to influence “every aspect” of the people of God in the West African nation in view of becoming “the star of Africa and a beacon of hope.”

Bishops of the Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) who gathered in Maputo, Mozambique for their 12th Plenary Assembly from November 13-17, 2019 / IMBISA Communications

Southern Africa Bishops Continue Review of 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, Aim “to improve”

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.

Notes by IMBISA Bishops during a session on care of creation, our common home guided by Pope Francis' Laudato Si during their 12th Plenary Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique on November 15, 2019 / Bishop José Luís Gerardo Ponce de León of Manzini, Swaziland

Vision for a Safe Church, Environment Preoccupy Southern Africa Bishops in 12th Plenary

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.

IMBISA Bishops at the Closing Mass of the 11th Plenary Assembly,  Maseru, Lesotho, 22-26 November 2016 /

Child Safeguarding “by all” to be Discussed at Plenary of Southern Africa Bishops, IMBISA

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.