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African churches 'vital' in tackling climate change, says Archbishop

The SECAM delegation join Archbishop Justin for evening prayer in the Crypt at Lambeth Palace, 27 February 2014.

Friday 28th February 2014

Welcoming a delegation from the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) to Lambeth Palace yesterday, Archbishop Justin highlighted the Church’s critical role in reconciliation and sustainable development.

Archbishop Justin met the delegation during their visit to the UK to present the strategic priorities of the African Catholic bishops’ conferences and establish co-operation in addressing urgent issues on the African continent. 

Led by Archbishop Anyoke, the 2nd Vice President of SECAM responsible for Justice and Peace and Archbishop of Kumasi in Ghana, the delegation also comprised SECAM Secretary General Fr Joe Komakoma, 1st Deputy Secretary General for Evangelisation Fr Pierre Bosangia and Programme Officer Mr Firman Adjahossou responsible for post- 2015 sustainable development goals.

They discussed the special priority being given by SECAM to reconciliation as the appropriate context for evangelisation and the need to prepare actors and prepare hearts if violent conflict is to be addressed in Africa. Effective local collaboration among Church leaders in South Sudan and DRC was highlighted, such as in the Catholic-Anglican Great Lakes Peace Initiative, as well as opportunities for co-operation with the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa and the All Africa Conference of Churches.

Archbishop Justin said: “I welcome the priority being given by SECAM to reconciliation and evangelisation and look forward to opportunities to collaborate in this work.

"As we approach 2015 and the shift from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, the role of African churches is absolutely critical.

"Africa is poised to become one of the great economic centres of the world but cannot if climate change continues to force the Sahara South. Together, faith leaders have a vital part to play.”


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