Accra (Agenzia Fides) - "Do your utmost to end insecurity on the African continent", is the appeal launched by the African Bishops at the end of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of the Bishops' Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) which ended yesterday, Sunday, July 31 in Accra, the capital of Ghana. "Several regions of our continent are experiencing great insecurity due to socio-political instability, violence, economic poverty, weak health structures, insurgency, terrorism, exploitation of religion for political purposes and lack of respect for the environment and good governance", states the Assembly's concluding message. "The social and political stakeholders and decision-makers have a heavy responsibility in the management of our countries", the African Bishops urge them "to continue to do their utmost to fight against insecurity for our peoples and our countries".
SECAM also appeals "to foreign forces to get involved in building peace and security on the African continent" and to the faithful "to be alert to the situations of insecurity and collectively seek solutions to the problem". During the Assembly, His Exc. Msgr, Richard Kuuia Baawobr, Bishop of Wa (Ghana) and Cardinal-designate by Pope Francis on June 29, 2022 was elected President of SECAM on July 30, who took over from Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo who had been at the helm of the continental symposium since July 2019.
The Bishops of SECAM also elected Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as their first Vice President, and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula of the Diocese of Xai Xai in Mozambique as their Second Vice President. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 1/8/2022)