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Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Eulogize Cardinal Who Served “with dedication, generosity”

Nov 30, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have paid glowing tribute to Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who passed on in Rome on November 27.

Pope Francis greets late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

“Faithful witness, wise, gentle pastor”: Holy Father Pays Tribute to Late African Cardinal

Nov 29, 2022

Pope Francis has eulogized the late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who died on Sunday, November 27 as a “faithful witness to the gospel”.

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishop Mourns African Cardinal Who Desired to Revive Symposium of Bishops

Nov 28, 2022

The desire of Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, who served as President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) before his death on Sunday, November 27, was to fire up the work of the common forum of Catholic Bishops on the continent, the Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria has said.

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.”

Bishop Lúcio Andrice Muandula, re-elected as the second Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique Laud Re-election of Colleague to SECAM Leadership

Aug 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have lauded the re-election of Bishop Lúcio Andrice Muandula as the second Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Newly Established Pretoria Archdiocesan Commission for Caritas, Migrants and Refugees. Credit: ACI Africa

Stop Working in Silos, Archbishop in South Africa Urges Pastoral Agents

Jul 29, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop at South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese has urged pastoral agents in his Metropolitan See to stop working in silos, and instead operate in “a coordinated manner” to optimally reach out to the needy.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, a Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization at the opening  Mass of the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Bishops’ Plenary, a Moment to Renew Commitment to Evangelization: Vatican Cardinal

Jul 26, 2022

Delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that officially started Tuesday, July 26 have been urged to seek to renew their commitment to the “mission of evangelization” in Africa.

Nuncio in Ghana Says Security, Migration “great” Challenges in Need of Collective Response

Jul 26, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Ghana has told delegates participating in the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that security and migration remain “great” challenges that require “the entire Church of Africa” to address.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, the founder and chairman of Apo Group. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Challenged to Improve Media Visibility of Church Initiatives

Jul 26, 2022

The Catholic Church in Africa is a leading provider of quality social services and is at the center of key development initiatives. Unfortunately, very little is known about the important role of the Catholic Church in society, the founder of the APO Group, a leading Pan-African communications agency has said.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo Received an Award for excellent contribution to pastoral Communication in Africa. Credit: SIGNIS

Bishop Cautions Catholic Communicators in Africa against “disinformation ecosystem”

Jul 18, 2022

Catholic communicators in Africa have a duty to resist the influence of the contemporary propaganda networks that deliberately spread false information, the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has said.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to address delegates of Planned SECAM Plenary Assembly as Guest of Honor. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ghana’s President to Address Delegates of Planned SECAM Plenary Assembly as Guest of Honor

Jul 7, 2022

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is expected to address Catholic Bishops in Africa as “guest of honor” during the planned Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), scheduled from July 25 to August 1 in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, First Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishops in Africa Urge Inclusion of Indigenous Communities in “climate discourse”

Jun 23, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa are calling for the incorporation of indigenous people in discussions on biodiversity and climate. 

Official logos for Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People. Credit: Vatican Media

Faith-based Leaders Specify Five Challenges in Africa They Want Pope Francis to “mention”

Jun 9, 2022

Officials of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) have specified challenges in Africa they request that Pope Francis highlights during his July 2-7  two-African-nation trip scheduled to begin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and conclude in South Sudan.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Vatican Media

Ensure “no one dies from lack of basic food”: Catholic Bishops in Africa to Governments

Jun 2, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a message ahead the Solemnity of Pentecost, urged governments and humanitarian organizations to take necessary measures to ensure that “no one dies from lack of basic food.”    

Fr. Albert Ngengi Mundele. Credit: BICAM

African Priest Urges Responsible Parenthood, Says Parents “abandoned responsibilities”

May 15, 2022

There is need for responsible parenthood in Africa, the Director of the Catholic Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar  (BICAM) has said, bemoaning the fact that some parents “have abandoned their responsibilities”.

SECAM's Kampala Document presented Thursday, 21 January 2021. Credit: SECAM

Use Family as Domestic Church to Exercise “baptismal priesthood”: SECAM Official

May 14, 2022

An official of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has urged Christians on the second largest continent to lead prayers in their respective families as a way of exercising the priestly authority received at their baptism.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, First Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishops in Africa Urge IMF, World Bank to Help Address Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery

Apr 21, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) are calling on delegates attending the ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Spring meetings “to put in place viable plans for” African nations to recover from COVID-19 challenges. 

L-R: Francis Cardinal Arinze, Archbishop Andrew Nkea, Wilfred 
 Cardinal Napier, and Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer- Buckle are among signatories to the letter. Credit: Courtesy Photo

African Bishops among Signatories Warning of German Synodal Path’s “potential for schism”

Apr 12, 2022

African Catholic Bishops are among dozens of Church leaders who have signed a "fraternal open letter to our brother bishops in Germany”, making known their “growing concern about” the "Synodal Path" and its “potential for schism”.

Sr. Wilhelmina Uhai Tunu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synodal Process Time to Showcase “role in mission of evangelization”: Tanzanian Nun

Apr 1, 2022

A Catholic Nun from Tanzania has challenged women and men Religious in Africa to use the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality to showcase their “active role in the mission of evangelization”.

Dr. Philippe Abraham Birane Tine. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Lay Leader in Senegal Says Synodal Process “not a forum for settling scores”

Apr 1, 2022

The President of the National Laity Council (CNL) in Senegal has cautioned the people of God against using the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality as forums for settling scores.