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Let’s Implore Holy Spirit to Grant Africa’s Leaders “intelligence, discernment, wisdom, fear of God”: SECAM

May 20, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Africa have identified violent conflicts on the continent as a challenge that requires spiritual solidarity.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior (right) during the 25 April 2024 press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa Acts on Synod on Synodality Call to “theological, pastoral discernment” on Polygamy, Creates Commission

May 3, 2024

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has responded to the call of the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discern pastoral care towards persons in polygamous unions.

The “distinct cultural, community forces” Africa’s Delegates to Synod on Synodality Want Integrated into Church Mission

Apr 26, 2024

Embracing the new way of being Church through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and living out the spirit of “Ubuntu” are the two particular “cultural and community forces” that delegates representing the Church in Africa at the ongoing Synod on Synodality want integrated into the continental mission of the Church.

Delegates during the 1-6 March 2023 SECAM Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa's Delegates to Synod in Synodality in Nairobi to “deepen their knowledge and understanding of Synodality”

Apr 23, 2024

Delegates to represent the Church in Africa at the second session of the Synod on Synodality are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to “deepen” their insights about Synodality ahead of the 2-29 October 2024 session in Rome.

Robert Cardinal Sarah addressing members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Cardinal Sarah Decries Paganism, Says Contemporary Church “experiencing temptation of atheism”

Apr 13, 2024

A section of Church leaders have aligned themselves with modern day values in the name “contemporary culture” akin to paganism, Robert Cardinal Sarah has noted with concern. 

Robert Cardinal Sarah with members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Cardinal Sarah Urges Africa’s Catholic Bishops to Defend “unity of faith” in October 2024 Synod on Synodality Session

Apr 12, 2024

Robert Cardinal Sarah has urged Catholic Bishops in Africa to be keen on defending the Catholic faith, voicing their opposition to defenders of “particular cultures” during the October 2024 session of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis extended to 2024, with the first session, 4-29 October 2023, having concluded with a 42-page summary report.

Easter Message: Cardinal Ambongo Decries Insecurity, Says DR Congo “seriously ill, almost in a comatose state”

Apr 1, 2024

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has decried the persistent security challenge in country, and described the Central African nation as “seriously ill” and in coma.

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DR Congo’s Lifting of Moratorium on Death Penalty “a step backwards”: Cardinal Ambongo

Mar 20, 2024

The decision by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to lift a 2003 ban on the death penalty is retrogressive, the Local Ordinary of the country’s Kinshasa Archdiocese, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has said.

A screenshot of Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the March 17 interview with KTO. Credit: KTO

In Africa, Fiducia Supplicans Perceived as “cultural colonization, Western imperialism”: SECAM President

Mar 19, 2024

Fiducia Supplicans (FS), the declaration by the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) permitting the blessing of “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”,  was perceived as “cultural colonization” in Africa, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said. 

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

“Keep the flame of independence burning”: SECAM President to Ghanaians

Mar 7, 2024

The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has encouraged the people of God in Ghana to keep the flame of their independence alive for the dignity of all African people.

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Catholic Bishops in Africa, Europe Propose “a healthy Priest exchange program”

Jan 30, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Africa and Europe have expressed their commitment to realizing “pastoral exchange” programs between the two continents, including formation and a program that would see Priests in Africa commissioned to Europe, and vice versa. 

Archbishop Gintaras Linas Grušas, President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE). Credit: ACI Africa

European Bishops’ Council Official Explains Why “no joint statement” on Fiducia Supplicans

Jan 29, 2024

The divided opinions among members of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) on the blessing of “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, which Fiducia Supplicans (FS) permitted impeded the issuing of a collective statement, the President of the Council has said.

Catholic Bishops on what the Church in Africa is Expecting from Synod on Synodality

Jan 28, 2024

The Church in Africa hopes to see a synodal process that does not allow the Universal Church to “modify divine laws and precepts in order to create room for all”, members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have said ahead of the second session of the Synod on Synodality scheduled to take place in October this year.

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. 

Representatives of the  Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops from Europe, Africa Pledge to Foster “culture of fraternity"

Jan 26, 2024

Catholic Bishops from Europe who met their peers in Africa at a seminar in Nairobi, Kenya have concluded their meeting with a pledge to foster collaboration in tackling Church issues that affect the two continents.

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Planned Africa, Europe Catholic Bishops’ Seminar to Place “special focus” on Youths

Jan 21, 2024

The planned joint seminar bringing together representatives of Catholic Bishops in Africa and in Europe is to place particular focus on young people in the two continents, the Secretary General (SG) of the the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) 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”.