Over 100 Catholic Bishops meet for 19th AMECA Plenary Assembly in Addis Ababa

Zambia_Catholic_BishopsZambia Catholic Bishops have joined other Bishops from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Region, where Zambia belongs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 19th AMECEA plenary.

The 19th AMECEA plenary, which has brought together about 100 bishops from the AMECEA region opened Friday, 13th July, 2018 and closes on Monday, 23rd July, 2018 under the theme, ‘Vibrant Diversity, Equal Dignity, Peaceful Unity in God in the AMECEA Region’.

The Zambian delegation is being led by Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president Bishop George Lungu.

According to AMECEA Deputy Secretary General Rev. Fr. Chris Ndaga, the plenary will feature six agenda items: Spiritual Recollection for the Bishops; the Official Opening Ceremony of the Plenary; Workshop by the Dicastery on the Promotion of Integral Human Development, Study Session, Business Session and the Closing Ceremony.

Each Agenda of the plenary will be held under a different sub-theme. The Spiritual Recollection for the Bishops will run under the sub-theme Solidarity and Communion while the Opening Ceremony of the plenary, which will be launched in a grand Eucharistic Celebration, will be held under the sub-theme, Celebrating Vibrant Diversity. The Workshop by the Dicastery on the Promotion of Integral Human Development will run under the sub-theme, AMECEA championing for Integral Human Development.

On the other hand, the Study Session and Business Session, which will be held from 18-21st July, 2018 will be held under the sub-themes, Peaceful Coexistence and Unity as well as Sustainability of AMECEA Institutions and Ownership of AMECEA Institutions respectively.

The Closing ceremony for the Plenary will be held on Sunday 22nd July 2018 under the sub-theme Celebrating Our Oneness. This is the first time for Ethiopia to host the AMECEA Plenary.

Meanwhile, delegates from different Church institutions are also taking part in the 10 day-plenary including: delegates from Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Missio AACHEN, Missio MUNICHEN, Roman Curia, United States Conference of Catholic Bishop (USCCB), SIGNIS, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and CAMECO.

Others are Church in Need, International Missionary Society, Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA), International Young Christian Society African Coordination Team, International Young Christian Workers Coordination Team and CAFOD among others.

The last AMECEA plenary meeting was held in Malawi in 2014.