Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) - "The Church in Africa has to meet the challenges of today by cooperating with other Christian faiths in translating the Bible for all language groups on our continent", said His Exc. Mgr. Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, in his opening speech of the conference organized by the Biblical Apostolate Centre (BICAM) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). According to a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, the conference is taking place in Cape Town from March 13-19, 2016.
Mgr. Brislin appealed to his colleague Bishops in Africa to endeavour to get more of their priests trained as Exegetes or in Scripture and in other disciplines regarding the translation of the Bible. According to the Archbishop, the Catholic Church in Africa has the responsibility and mission to bring the word of God to all people of goodwill. For this matter it was therefore very important to have Exegetes who could translate the Bible into the various languages of the communities that they serve.
In his speech Mgr. Brislin also spoke about some of the negative aspects that afflict Africa, and in particular his country, stressing that greed and racial tensions are factors that increase the gap between rich and poor, in the midst of plenty of resources. "We should have the courage to speak the truth and fight against evil in society, defend the defenceless and the marginalised", he said.
The coordinator of the Workshop, Fr. Yves-Lucien Evaga-Ndjana, Director of BICAM, explained that the work will be divided into two parts. The first on the need to promote the translation of the Bible into local languages in Africa; the second will look at the possibility of inserting Ad Experimentum the Biblical Apostolate in the curricula of Major Seminaries and Religious Formation Centres. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 16/03/2016)