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African Synod

The rationale for a second African Synod was articulated by the Vatican initially and a second time in a document entitled The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.

The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), with support from the Catholic Relief Services, sponsored a one-day consultation on the theme “AMECEA Contribution to the Synod: A Shared Reflection on the Instrumentum Laboris” on September 15, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. Here is a paper entitled on The Role of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the Implementation of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace in Africa, by Rev. Joseph G. Healey, M.M. that was provided to conference participants.

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) issued a statement on October 1, 2009 as input into the second African Synod.

Rev. Joseph G. Healey provided Resources for the 2009 Second African Synod (covering “Books and Booklets” and “Links to Websites”) that was updated on September 11, 2009.

The Africa Faith and Justice Network has developed a website on the Synod with links to key documents and statements.

Yes Africa Matters is a website created in preparation for the Second Special Assembly of Bishops for Africa with the Theme “The Church in Africa in service to reconciliation, justice and peace: You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” The Synod is now over but the work of the Synod now begins.

To the right, under African Synod, are propositions that were promulgated, a closing statement, and resources relating to the synod.