Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The economic and political development in Africa is related to the integral development of the people living on the continent. Most Rev. Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango (Angola) and President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) made these remarks during the conference
"The Church in Africa: from Vatican Council II to the Third Millennium – Africa’s Homage to Popes John XXIII and John Paul II", taking place at the Urbaniana University in Rome.
Mgr. Mbilingi appealed to Africans not to depend too much from outside but to rely greatly on their own human and material resources for the common good of the continent.
The Archbishop expressed his hope that the "Faith, Culture and Development Forum" contributes to the human and spiritual development of the African people. According to the President of SECAM, the Church in Africa also wants to play a greater role in the construction of a new cultural identity for the Continent. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 25/04/2014)