CCEE-SECAM Message at the end of their Seminar on the family
CCEE – SECAM Seminar for bishops
Maputo, Mozambique, 28-31 May 2015
Bishops of Europe and Africa have pledged to redouble their evangelization efforts through a more focused family pastoral care in all their dioceses and instill the vision of the Christian family not only in their faithful, but also in every person of good will.
This was contained in a Final Message (available here in English - Italian - Portuguese) adopted at the end of a Seminar jointly organised by the Council of Bishops Conferences of Europe (CCEE) and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that took place in Mumemo, Mozambique from May 28-31, 2015.
The bishops expressed their desire to " let the light of Christ shine, by increasing our pastoral care of the family, by preparing our youth for Holy Matrimony, by accompanying our families with or without children, with spiritual support, by taking care of the elderly and not forgetting the divorced in whatever circumstances."
The full text of the Final Message of the bishops was read by Mons. Duarte Da Cunha, Secretary General of CCEE on behalf of the bishops of the two continents.
During the three-day Seminar a number of topics including the following were presented by resources persons representing the two continents:
- Anthropological, social and ecclesial challenges for the family by Archbishop Benjamin Ramarosson, Archbishop of Farafangana, Madagascar and Most Rev. Ludwig Schick, Archbishop of Bamberg , Germany.
- The Joys and Sufferings of the Family: Pastoral challenges: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Olweny of Africa Family Life Federation (AFLF) in Kenya gave a Testimony of their family life; this was followed by presentations by Bishop Jose Caminate na Bissign, of Bissau, Guinea Bissau and Bishop Anders Arborelius, of Stockholm, Sweden.
- The Mission of the Bishop in proclaiming the Gospel of the Family: by Bishop Louis Portella Mbuyu, of Kinkala,Congo-Brazzaville and Archbishop François Granier, of Cambrai, France.
- The role of the Church and the Bishops in dialogue with society and States in family matters: by Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, South Africa and Most Rev. Everard de Jong, Auxiliary Bishop of Roermond, Netherlands.
The Seminar was brought to an end with the Celebration of Mass in Maputo on the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It was presided over by Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula, Xai-Xai and President of Episcopal Conference of Mozambique.
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) comprises the 37 National Episcopal Conferences and the eight (8) Regional Episcopal Conferences. The President of President is Most Rev. Gabriel Mblingi, Archbishop of Lubango (Angola). The first Vice-president is Most Rev. Louis Portella Mbuyu, Bishop of Kinkala (Congo Brazaville); the second Vice-president is Most Rev. Gabriel Yaw Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi, ( Ghana); the Secretary General is Rev. Fr. Joseph Komakoma. The Secretariat is based in Accra, Ghana. www. Secam.org / Sceam.org
The Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) encompasses the current 33 European Bishops’ Conferences, represented by their Presidents, the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus and the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova Rep.), the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo and the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia. The current President is Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary; the Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and Mgr Angelo Massafra, Archbishop of Scutari-Pult (Albania). The General Secretary is Mgr Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland).
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