The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has called on countries in Africa and Madagascar to embrace issues with regards to security with seriousness as “several regions within the continent are experiencing insecurity due to socio-political security, violence, economic poverty, weak health structures, insurgency, terrorism, exploitation of religion for political purposes, and lack of respect for the environment and good governance.”
This was contained in the final message issued by the African Bishops after the 19th Plenary Assembly of SECAM, held in Accra from July 25 to August 1, 2022, on the theme: “Ownership of SECAM: Security and Migration in Africa and the Islands.”
In the spirit of the national campaign for people to speak up on issues regarding security dubbed: “if you see something, say something”, the Bishops call on everyone to be alert.
“Today we also invite all our people to be alert to the situations of insecurity and collectively seek solutions to the problem. The Church must take an important part in this search. This is why the Church must play her prophetic role, by firmly and clearly denouncing situations of insecurity and their causes. She must also continue to offer everyone reasons for hope and peace in collaboration with organizations working for reconciliation, justice, and peace (cf. Africae Munus).” a message from SECAM stated.
His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, Bishop of Wa, Ghana was elected as the new President of SECAM at the assembly, who took over from Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso who has led SECAM since July 2019.
Below is the entire message of SECAM after the 19th Plenary Assembly of SECAM, held in Accra from July 25 to August 1, 2022.
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