WASHINGTON – The 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) met for its plenary assembly in Accra, Ghana. Addressing the congregation today, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, expressed solidarity with the Church in Africa and announced the release of A renewed call for solidarity with Africa.
“Two decades ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a historic document to declare our bonds of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Africa in their quest for justice and peace in the service of helping men journey of salvation. Today, with joy and hope, we renew those bonds. On behalf of the bishops of the United States, I am pleased to issue our committee’s statement, A renewed call for solidarity with Africa. This Call renewed highlights our progress in solidarity, articulates the ecclesial, economic and political hopes and challenges of today and offers strategies for future collaboration. Our committee recommits to standing with the Church in Africa, knowing that we are mutually enriched and uplifted by doing so.
Auxiliary Bishop Peter L. Smith of Portland, chair of the USCCB subcommittee on the Church in Africa, added his praise and support saying, “This Call renewed, reinvigorates the Bishops’ vision for the Sub-Committee’s Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa which directly supports the pastoral capacity of the local Church in Africa. I recommend the reading and study of this document to the faithful and to all those who wish to deepen our Christian solidarity with the Church throughout Africa.
A renewed call for solidarity with Africa, is available in English, French and Spanish, as well as a practical resource for prayer and action.