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Late Fr. Robert (Bob) Astorino. /

African Media Practitioners Recall Memorable Moments with U.S. Cleric Who “married” Media

The rest of the world is mourning the passing on of Fr. Robert (Bob) Astorino who “married media professionalism” for the Church in Asia, founding the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) and serving as its Executive Director for 30 years.

Jean-Claude Cardinal Hollerich of COMECE (left) and Philipp Cardinal Ouédraogo of SECAM (right) who have just issued a joint statement for a people-centered partnership ahead of the AU/EU summit in October. /

Ahead of AU/EU Summit, Bishops in Africa, Europe Call for "a people-centered partnership"

In view of the planned 6th Summit of African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) leaders in October, Bishops in Africa and Europe have, in a joint statement, encouraged European and African policy-makers to orient their preparatory work on the principles that foster “people-centered” partnerships.

Logo Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) /

Bishops in Africa Concerned about COVID-19 Crisis, Appeal for Stakeholder Involvement

Bishops in Africa through their common forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have expressed concerns about the challenge COVID-19 pandemic poses for the people of God and institutions on the continent and appealed for individual and collective responsibilities from various stakeholders on the continent and beyond in the fight against the disease.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), who has just recovered from COVID-19. /

After Recovery from COVID-19, African Cardinal Observing “a period of rest”

The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, who has recovered from COVID-19 after days of care at a hospital in his country, Burkina Faso, is observing “a period of rest” outside his official residence.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). /

Church in Africa “does have a voice,” Battling Communication Challenges, Official Says

The people of God in Africa and their leadership have a lot to offer to the global Catholicism including testimonies about the growth and progress of Gospel values among believers. However, the Church on the continent faces the challenge of telling its stories within and across the globe, the Bishop coordinating the communication commissions of the episcopal conferences in Africa told ACI Africa in an interview last week.

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong during his Episcopal Golden Jubilee Mass at the St. Peter’s Minor Basilica at Kumasi on Sunday, march 8, 2020. / Communications Office, Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

Church in Ghana Celebrates Longest Serving Archbishop-turned-Author

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in a collective goodwill message, lauded Archbishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Emeritus of Kumasi in Southern Ghana for his contribution to the growth of the Church in the West African country during the Cleric’s close-to 40 years in office.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) /

Faced with Many Challenges, “Africa needs in-depth evangelization”: SECAM President

In a bid to mitigate the “series of challenges” that the people of God on the African continent face today, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, noted that “in-depth evangelization” is necessary.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, Bishop of Nigeria's Oyo diocese, and President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) /

On Insecurity in Nigeria, Africa, “world powers to look inwards”, Prelate Reflects

In the fight against various insurgents operating in Nigeria, industrialized nations where weapons used by rebel movements are manufactured need “to look inwards” and review their role in fostering insecurity, a Bishop in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria told ACI Africa in an interview.

Official Logo SECAM / Secam.org

SECAM Leadership Circulates Formulated Prayer “for a quick control of Coronavirus”

The worrying trend of the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, with some nine African countries affected is a matter of concern for those at the helm of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) who have, in a collective statement, expressed concern and formulated a prayer in the face of “this strange epidemic.”

Phillip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. /

Interreligious dialogue Vital “in fight against terrorism in Sahel”: SECAM President

As the crisis in the Sahel region deepens, with reports of recurrent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Chad, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has told ACI Africa that interreligious dialogue is quite significant in resolving the conflict and called on the West to stop arms trade on the continent.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata diocese. /

“We need to get to the root cause of femicide,” South African Prelate Says

As South Africa struggles to curb alarming rates of gender-based killings targeting women and girls, a Bishop in the country has, in an interview with ACI Africa, highlighted the need to identify the root cause of violence targeting women for an appropriate way out of the societal challenge.

Some Participants at the ongoing six-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, involving the coordinators of Caritas Southern Africa. /

Caritas Southern Africa Coordinators Deliberate on Funds, “dealing with natural disasters”

The challenge of natural disasters in the Ecclesiastical territories within Southern Africa and how to deal with them and having financial resources are among the deliberations of the ongoing six-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, involving the coordinators of Caritas Southern Africa, with participants having come from Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, as well as Namibia.

The newly ordained Bishop of South Africa's Aliwal North Diocese, Ugandan-born Bishop Joseph Kizito, blessing the people of God who witnessed his Episcopal ordination at Sauer Park Stadium, Aliwal North on February 15, 2020. / Fr. Paul Tatu/The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

Correct “erroneous ways of worship” in South Africa, Uganda-born Bishop Told at Ordination

At the Episcopal ordination of the Ugandan-born Monsignor Joseph Kizito, as Bishop of South Africa’s diocese of Aliwal North Saturday, February 15, being attentive to “erroneous ways of worship” in modern-day South Africa was a key highlight, the newly ordained Bishop advised to seek ways to address “weak worship” in his new Ecclesiastical territory.

Poster of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: February 9-10, 2020 under the theme, “Silencing arms to create conditions conducive to the development of Africa.” / African Union

“Forgive us, grant that the guns be silent, a sweet song may rise”: SECAM President to AU

At the two-day Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) that concluded Monday, February 10, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Philippe Cardinal Nakellentuba Ouédraogo highlighted some of the challenges bedeviling the people of God on the continent and, in his prayer, implored God for forgiveness and the renewal of hope.

The poster on the  Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life scheduled to take place in Enugu, Nigeria from December 5-8, 2019 / Pan-African Catholic Theological and Pastoral Network

Planned Pan-African Congress on Theology to “develop best practices for pastoral ministry”

Ten years after the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Church in Africa at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace” during which Church leaders on the continent deliberated on, among other themes, transforming “theology into pastoral care,” a four-day Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life is set to take place in Enugu, Nigeria, under the theme, “What must we do to perform the works of God.”

Some of the delegates at the fifth Geneva OEIGWG session: Fr. Joseph Aka of RECOWA (third from right) with CIDSE delegation on October 15, 2019 / Fr. Joseph Aka

Catholic Bishops in Africa Want Nations, Trans-National Companies to Respect Human Rights

As the fifth session of the Open-Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on Transnational Corporations gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland with the aim of  developing an international protocol to guide the operations of Trans-National Companies (TNCs), Catholic Bishops in the world’s second largest continent are calling on governments and the international community to ensure that TNCs respect human rights.

Participants in SECAM Justice, Peace and Development Commission Workshop in Boksburg, South Africa / ACI Africa

Address Root Causes of Xenophobia to Completely End It: SECAM Official

The challenge of xenophobia in Africa can be overcome by identifying and addressing the root causes of the menace that has affected the peaceful coexistence of people of the same race, an official of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said recently in South Africa.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, October 2019 / SECAM

SECAM Representatives Condemn Xenophobia in Africa, Support Regional Conferences

When the dust around xenophobia mainly in South Africa seems to be settling amid high level interventions, members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have added their voice to those of the regional bodies of Bishops’ conferences, condemning xenophobic violence and reprisal attacks and called on governments and political actors to end hatred on the African continent.

A Mass held during the plenary assembly of SECAM marking the organization's golden jubilee in Kampala, Uganda, July 2019. Credit: Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla/CNA. /

Cardinal Ouédraogo elected president of African bishops' conference

During the plenary assembly celebrating its golden jubilee, the leadership organization for bishops' conferences in Africa elected Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo of Ouagadougou as its president.