African Bishops under their umbrella body, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), and the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), the assembly of Catholic leaders, have invited Pope Francis to visit Uganda again in July next year to celebrate SECAM’s golden jubilee celebrations.
SECAM was born out of the will of young African Bishops during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). They wanted to speak with one voice. The establishment of SECAM is therefore the result of the Bishops resolution to build a continental structure in order to bring forth the African vision to the whole Church.
His Holiness Pope Paul VI was welcomed to Uganda, the first-ever visit of a Pope to Africa which was used to officially launch SECAM in July 1969.
A delegation from the regional conferences of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and other continental institutions held a workshop from 27th-28th July, at Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda to ensure all is set for the launch of the Golden Jubilee Year of SECAM on the 29th of July, 2018.
It is understood The Catholic bishops under UEC delivered Pope Francis’ invite last month Vatican is yet to confirm Pope Francis’ second visit to Uganda. Pope Francis was in Uganda for a three-day official visit in November 2015.
The Golden Jubilee Year of SECAM was launched on Sunday, July 29 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at Lubaga, on the theme: Church – family of God in Africa; Celebrate your jubilee! Proclaim Jesus Christ your Savior.
The Secretary General of SECAM, Fr. Joseph Koma-Koma says theme chosen for the Golden Jubilee celebrations is: “Church, Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim, Meet and Welcome Christ your Savior.”
Fr. Koma-Koma says that, “the objective of the Jubilee is to celebrate in thanking God for His wonders and marvelous deeds, the gift of Baptism and of the Church, to ponder on the progress made so far, with the aim of deepening our roots in Christ and to engage ourselves resolutely in faith in proclamation of the mission of the Gospel in words and actions.”
Some of the Bishops’ Conferences represented include the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC); Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa Region (ACERAC); Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA/CERAO); Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt (AHCE); Regional Episcopal Conferences of North Africa (CERNA); Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA); Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA); Madagascar and Episcopal Conferences of Indian Ocean (CEDOI); and the host, the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC).