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.

A poster announcing the March 31 webinar which the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) organized. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Africa’s Participation in Synodal Process “very promising”: Vatican Cardinal

Mar 31, 2022

The contribution of the people of God in Africa in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is “very promising,” a Vatican Cardinal has told participants at a virtual event.

Dominique Yon, Youth Coordinator for South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese addressing participants during the March 30 webinar. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synod on Synodality “an opportunity for voices to be heard”: Youth Leader in South Africa

Mar 31, 2022

A Catholic youth leader in South Africa has said the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality offers an opportunity for many voices to be heard including those of young people in Africa.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

Catholic Bishops in Africa to Focus on “ownership of SECAM” at Planned Plenary Assembly

Mar 28, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa are expected to deliberate on the ownership of their continental forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), during their Plenary Assembly scheduled to begin in July in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Some people displaced by Cyclone Batsirai. Credit: Caritas Madagascar

SECAM Expresses Solidarity with People of God in Madagascar Following Cyclone Batsirai

Mar 6, 2022

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has, in a collective statement, expressed solidarity with the people of God in Madagascar following the “terrible cyclone Batsirai” that hit the country last month.

Credit: Courtesy Photo

Implement Strong, Justice Mechanisms to Tackle Exploitation in Africa: Catholic Entities

Feb 26, 2022

Officials of various Catholic entities with presence in Africa are calling for the establishment of “strong and effective mechanisms” that would allow easy access to justice in cases where foreign large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) violate the rights of Africans. 

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication. Credit: Oyo Diocese

African Bishop Recently Appointed to Vatican Dicastery to Foster Media Pastoral Dynamism

Dec 5, 2021

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese who was appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication on December 3 has said that he will seek, in his “own modest way”, to foster a pastoral dynamism that brings the people of God together “through the media of communication”.

Phillippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Congratulate SECAM President on Episcopal Anniversary

Nov 26, 2021

The leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has congratulated the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) as he marks 25 years since he was ordained a Bishop.

Fr. Aniedi Okure, Executive Director, AFJN addressing participants at a conference on land grabbing in Africa. Credit: AFJN

Faith Leaders in Africa Decry “impunity of corporate, elite capture of African land”

Oct 26, 2021

Representatives of various Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and Civil Societies Organizations (CSOs) in Africa have, in a joint statement, decried the “capture of African land and natural resources” by what they have called “private actors” and condemned the “impunity” enjoyed by those involved.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Unequal Care of Catholic Priests and Sisters is Gender Inequality: South African Bishop

Aug 31, 2021

One of the ways in which gender inequality manifests itself in the Church is the unequal care given to Catholic Priests and Religious Sisters, a South African Bishop has said.

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior. Credit: SECAM

Small Christian Communities “true experience of synodality” for Church in Africa: Priest

Aug 25, 2021

The way of being church through membership in Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in Africa portrays a true experience of communion and collaboration, a Catholic Priest has said.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

On SECAM Day, Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “inclusive culture, rooted in Christ”

Jul 29, 2021

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa have “passionately” appealed to the people of God on the continent to avoid divisions, striving to embrace an inclusive culture that is rooted in Christ.

Screenshot of some participants during the July 22 virtual session to mark 2021 SECAM Day. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Africans Invited to Interact with Bishops’ “Kampala Document” for Renewed Evangelization

Jul 25, 2021

The people of God in Africa have been invited to interact with the Kampala Document (KD) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the 100-page publication that resulted from the discussions Catholic Bishops in Africa had at the conclusion of their year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations (July 2018 to July 2019).

The Front Page of SECAM's Kampala Document. Credit: SECAM

Church in Africa Needs New Pastoral Approach “centered on personal conversion”: Cleric

Jul 23, 2021

There is a need for new approach to evangelization in Africa, with a focus on “personal conversion”, a Catholic Cleric has told participants at the virtual event organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Poster announcing the Fourth African Union-European Union Agricultural Ministerial Conference/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

African Faith Leaders, Civil Society Decry Locals’ Exclusion in World Agriculture Policies

Jun 22, 2021

Members of Our Land is Our Life Alliance, an entity that brings together various African civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith leaders, have decried the exclusion of local populations in the implementation of agricultural policies that affect the continent.

Logo of the of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Africa, Europe Jointly Encourage Fostering of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Jun 4, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Africa and Europe have, in a joint statement, encouraged the fostering of inter-religious dialogue in their respective continents in line with the message of Pope Francis in his October 2020 Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti.