Fr. Michalíček told URN in an interview that despite the fact the European missionaries introduced Christianity to Africans; they have veered off the track for many years are in dare need of spiritual renewal.
Africa holds ‘the hope and future of spreading
the gospel in its purity’, Rev Fr. Martin Michalíček, the General Secretary of
the Council of the European Episcopal Conferences has observed.
Fr. Michalíček told URN in an interview that despite the fact
the European missionaries introduced Christianity to Africans; they have veered
off the track for many years are in dare need of spiritual renewal.
He explained that modernization has brought
about many changes in the Western world causing a ‘spiritual crisis’ with many
people running away from God and while others are misinterpreting the gospel to
enrich their desires.
He however, notes that the
Catholic Church in Africa, which is said to be with the biggest growing
congregation with over 17 percent of the World’s Catholics, has matured in
faith and it’s high time it started thinking of carrying out missionary
activities to European countries.
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His remarks come when over 300 African prelates are in Uganda
to celebrate the golden jubilee of the symposium of the episcopal conferences
of Africa and Madagascar-SECAM.
The continental forum is also holding its 18th plenary
session where delegates are deliberating on the new pastoral priorities for the
Church in Africa by reviewing the journey of SECAM and give direction on where
the Church in Africa should be in the next fifty years in terms of pastoral
On Thursday, the prelates entered into a closed-door session
where to pass resolutions that will be adopted to guide the church in Africa.
Some of the issues that they looked at are evangelization and mass
communication and youth participation in church among others.
Fr. Michalíček says the results of SECAM’s plenary will not
be for Africans alone but will be of great importance to the universal church,
which explains the presence of many other continental conferences and Vatican
The church in the west is currently been challenged by a
number of issues including among others homosexuality. Some of the church
members want the practice embraced by church. Although a number of Christian
denominations have since embraced it, the Catholic Church still preaches