The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference will host this year’s plenary assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal of Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra.

SECAM, which is an intercontinental Bishops’ Conference will hold what will become its 19th plenary assembly from July 25 to August 1, 2022 at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. (GIMPA)

The gathering which takes place every three years will be held on the theme “Ownership of SECAM; Security and Migration in Africa and the Islands.” 

President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh who confirmed the meeting in an interview with NewsWire GH said the meeting was scheduled to take place in Burkina Faso but was moved to Ghana due to security reasons.

The Ghanaian prelate explained that the bishops will be discussing relevant issues affecting the continent with emphasis on peace and security.

“We discuss common problems. We have problems with the youth everywhere. We have problem with peace everywhere. Where peace is threatened by certain activities and how we can together advise our various governments to work towards having intercontinental peace,” Archbishop Naameh said.

SECAM was established in 1969 in Kampala, Uganda during the visit of St. Pope Paul VI. It was born out of the desire of African Catholic Bishops present at the Second Vatican Council to speak with one voice on matters pertaining to the Church in Africa

The Symposium, headquartered in Accra, consists of eight regional associations including;

  • Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC);
  • Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central African Region (ACERAC);
  • Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt (AHCE);
  • Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA);
  • Episcopal Conferences of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI);
  • Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA);
  • Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA);
  • Reunion of Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA/CERAO).

 

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