130 cardinals, bishops present at SECAM from July 25 to August 1
SECAM seeks to make the voice of the Catholic Church heard on issues of good governance and sustainable development, and to promote servant leadership across the continent and the islands.
Scheduled to run from July 25 to August 1, the event, organized under the auspices of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, would focus on the theme “Ownership of SECAM: Security and Migration in Africa and its Islands.”
Announcing Ghana as host yesterday at a press conference, Bishop Gabriel Kumordji, Acting Treasurer of SECAM and Bishop of the Diocese of Keta Akatsi, said representatives of church institutions in Africa, Vatican officials as well as bishops representing episcopal conferences in Europe. and the Americas would be present.
He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would grace the event as guest of honour, adding that a statement would be issued after the closing day deliberations.
This Assembly, he said, was originally scheduled to take place in Burkina Faso, but due to political instability in the country, the decision was made to move the event to Ghana.
He noted that Ghana hosted the 15th Plenary Assembly in 2010 to mark the 40th anniversary of SECAM.
Bishop Kumordji said that SECAM was founded in Kampala, Uganda on July 29, 1969 during the pastoral visit of Pope Paul VI, the first pope to visit Africa, south of the Sahara.
Currently, he said there are over 600 Catholic Bishops in Africa including 28 Cardinals, including two Ghanaians.
The bishops established the headquarters of SECAM in Accra, adopted English, French and Portuguese as official languages and have eight regional conferences, similar to the political regions of Africa.
In order to get a broader platform for this purpose, SECAM, Bishop Kumordji said, had since 2015 maintained observer status with the African Union (AU).
“The AU is an important platform to bring issues concerning the Church to the attention of African governments, organizations and the whole world. Situations of conflict, migration, disease or even bad governance, which no longer undermine human dignity, should no longer remain the concern of those affected on the continent,” he added.
The Bishops of Africa, he noted, have set aside July 29 as SECAM DAY to be observed annually at the diocesan, national, regional and continental levels in Africa to publicize the programs and projects of SECAM and also seek a financial and material support for SECAM. Activities.