Participants at the SECAM meeting in Accra, Ghana Participants at the SECAM meeting in Accra, Ghana 

SECAM: Towards an African Synodal Document.

The first phase of a three days working sessions of the African Synodal working group of experts under the auspices of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has ended in Ghana with a pledge for similar national meetings at the Bishop Conference level.

Vatican News.

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior, SECAM Secretary General, has said that the Accra gathering in Ghana brought together 25 participants from across the African continent and its Islands.

The African Synodal Document

“The working session was facilitated by Fr Giacomo Costa SJ, a consulter of the General Secretariat of the Synod at the Vatican and supported by Dr Philomena Mwaura. The participants were made up of lay persons (adults and young people), consecrated persons (men and women), priests and bishops from English, French and Portuguese-speaking countries engaged in spiritual conversations,” said Fr. Rafael.

According to Fr Rafael, the meeting also came up with a strategy that would lead to the drafting of an ‘African Synodal Document.’

The Accra African Synodal workshop in session.
The Accra African Synodal workshop in session.

Conversations at local Bishops' Conferences

The three days encounter would now be replicated in the various local Bishops Conferences and views collated for eventual consolidation at a continental level.

The second continental working session under SECAM is scheduled for January 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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14 December 2022, 11:55