The 17th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has officially been presented to the local press in the Angolan capital of Luanda.
Vatican Radio’s Portuguese correspondent, Anastacio Sasembele reports this weekend, from Luanda 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 from 18 July to 24 July 2016. Bishop Jaka is also the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tome (CEAST).
The press briefing held at the Aníbal de Melo centre was also fronted by Fr. Apolonio 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, Fr. Graciano said.
Fr. Graciano explained that the Plenary Assembly’s theme,"Family yesterday and today" 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.
Several journalists and media practitioners, as well as students of the John XXIII school, attended the event.