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Catholic Prelates Call for Realistic Measures to Change Africa

While delivering the homily during mass held on Sunday at Uganda Martyr’s Shrines, Namungongo, the elected Vice President in charge of justice and peace Rt. Rev. Anthony Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha, South Africa, noted that there have been two extreme perceptions about Africa which need to be checked.
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The week-long Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar-SECAM has come to an end with the church leaders looking out to afro-realistic means of changing the continent.   

The prelates convened in Uganda to mark SECAM’S golden jubilee and hold their 18th whose deliberations were to reflect on how far the Church in Africa has come in its evangelizing mission and giving a direction on where it should be in the next fifty years. 

While delivering the homily during mass held on Sunday at Uganda Martyr’s Shrines, Namungongo, the elected Vice President in charge of justice and peace Rt. Rev. Anthony Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha, South Africa, noted that there have been two extreme perceptions about Africa which need to be checked.   

Bishop Sithembele notes that one of lookout is afro-optimism which shades a romantic picture about Africa and another one being Afro-pessimism which describes the black man’s continent with only negative features in form of war, disease, corruption and poverty.   

He, however, says as SECAM looks ahead to the next fifty years, the church in Africa is to look at the continent in an Afro-realistic way in both religious and secular spheres of influence by accepting the good, identifying the shortcomings.

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Bishop Sithembele says during the plenary the church leaders reflected on a number of challenges that are facing humanity on the continent to which many are caused by Africans themselves thus challenging each individual in his capacity to look out for answers.  

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The official communiqué from the plenary was read by His Eminence John cardinal Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya.   

The plenary passed resolutions on commitment towards reconciliation, Justice and peace and pastoral solidarity which will enable the church in Africa stand against ideological colonization, political and democratic destabilization and land grabbing. 

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The church leaders also remained unshaken on monogamous relationship between heterosexual persons to which marriages and family are built to remain as the first place of evangelization.   

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The communiqué also indicated that church is to increase its efforts in supporting social-economic development through its agencies including Caritas among other this time round with special attention to the continuous issue of migrants and refugees.

In the same development, SECAM will also put a special attention to youth who make the highest population on the continent and women, who are said to have shown extreme capacity in the field they have held like education.   

Cardinal Njue noted that the forum’s secretariat will in few days pass out a detailed document dubbed the ‘Kampala Document’ showing the several strategies put in place to cause change in the highlighted areas.   

The Catholic Church in Africa through SECAM supports a number of activities including but not limited to ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, support to missionary and evangelisation, promotion of faith, culture and integral human development, among others. 

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