ANGOLA: Country Ready to Host 17th SECAM Assembly

LUANDA JULY 5, 2016(CISA) – Angola is ready for African continent’s Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar’s (SECAM) 17th Plenary scheduled from July 18 – 25, 2016 in Luanda its capital city.

According to Vatican Radio, Portuguese correspondent, Anastacio Sasembele reports that the Bishop of Caxito, António Jaka, met with the media in Luanda and briefed them on Angola’s readiness to host the SECAM Assembly. The prelate is also the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tome (CEAST) The theme of the Plenary will be “The family in Africa, yesterday, today, and tomorrow: in the light of the gospel,” as was adopted after consultations with Bishops’ conferences in Africa.

Vatican radio adds that Fr. Apolonio Graciano explained that the Plenary Assembly’s theme is one that is dear to the African Church particularly after the Synod on the Family and the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis – “Amoris Laetitia,” on love in the family.

The press briefing held at the Aníbal de Melo centre was also fronted by Fr Graciano, who said that the over 100 Bishops expected from the continent of Africa would find that Angolans are a hospitable people with a confident and thriving Church.

The Catholic Church in Angola has come a long way and is rooted in solid tradition, Vatican Radio said.

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