Yaoundé (Agenzia Fides) - The Pan-African Congress of Catholic laity, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity brgan yesterday, September 4, in Cameroon, under the theme: " Being witnesses of Jesus Christ in Africa Today: Salt of the earth .. . light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14)." The event, which will end on September 9, is being held at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé.
As reported by the Catholic agency CISA, the Congress, which opened with a keynote address by Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, brings together the laity and bishops from different geographical and cultural areas in Africa.
Among the topics presented at the Congress: "African lay faithful: salt of the earth and light of a new world according to the Apostolic Exhortation Africae Munus" by Cardinal Peter K. Turkson; "Africa today: social, geopolitical, economic and cultural dimensions" by Professor Marie Thérèse Megue; "Jesus Christ on African soil: priorities, problems and challenges for the Church in Africa" by His Excellency Bishop Barthélemy Adoukonou, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
His Exc. Mgr. Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will discuss the "vocation and mission of lay faithful," while Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will discuss the topic "Education and formation of the lay faithful in Africa." (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 05/09/2012)