ETHIOPIA: Country to Host 19th AMECEA Plenary Assembly

ADDIS ABABA JULY 17, 2015(CISA)-Ethiopia is gearing up for the 19th Plenary Assembly of the The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) to be held in Addis Ababa in mid-2018.

Ethiopia accepted to host the meeting of bishops during the Executive Board meeting of AMECEA, held at its secretariat in Nairobi at the end of May.

Speaking to AMECEA online news at the time, Bishop of Adigrat, Tesfaselassie Medhin said the Ethiopian Catholic Bishops Conference accepted the invitation to host the meeting with joy.

“Preparing the AMECEA Plenary is “quite a task in terms of logistics and organisational activities” but that it is also an event of many “blessings and graces” because it brings together Church leaders and their collaborators to discuss issues that are of concern to the Catholic Church in the region”  Vatican Radio reported, July 15.

According to Makeda Yohannes, the Communications and Public Relations Officer at the Ethiopia Catholic Secretariat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is already well on track to host the 19th AMECEA Plenary Assembly that is scheduled to be held in 2018.

The preparatory committee working on this says the groundwork has already begun, with the setting up of 11 working sub committees.

Fr Hagos Hayish, the Secretary General of the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat said that the committees comprise Catholics from all walks of life and from various professional backgrounds and experiences.

AMECEA, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa is a Catholic service organization for the national Episcopal Conferences of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Djibouti and Somalia are affiliate members.

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