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Resources for the Follow-up and Implementation of the 2009 Second African Synod

This list of resources was developed by Rev. Joseph G. Healey, M.M.
Posted with permission.

The 2009 Second African Synod took place in Rome on 4-25 October, 2009
on the theme "The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.” Some
helpful resources for the follow-up and implementation are as follows:

1. Books, Booklets and Magazines

a. AMECEA Synod Delegates Workshop: Shaping the Prophetic Voice of
the Region. Proceedings of the AMECEA Synodal Delegates Workshop. Nairobi, Kenya. 2-
March, 2009. Nairobi: Privately printed, 2009.

b. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and
Peace: In Light of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. The
Proceedings of the 10th Interdisciplinary Theological Session (2008). Nairobi: CUEA
Publication, 2008.

c. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace:
Preparing for the Second African Synod. Harare: African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching
(AFCAST), 2009.

d. A Commentary on the Lineamenta (“Guidelines”). Synod of Bishops
II Special Assembly for Africa. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation,
Justice and Peace. Prepared by the Justice and Peace Commission. Nairobi: Paulines
Publications Africa, 2007. See also the Swahili Version: Ufafanuzi wa Lineamenta. Mkutano
wa Pili Maalum wa Sinodi ya Maaskofu wa Afrika. Kanisa Barani Afrika Katika Huduma ya
Upatanisho, Haki na Amani. Imetayarishwa na Tume ya Haki na Amani. Nairobi: Paulines
Publications Africa, 2007.

e. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Nairobi: Pauline
Publications Africa, 2005.

f. “Courage! Get on Your Feet, Continent of Africa.” “Homily of His Holiness
Benedict XVI” and “Message of the Bishops of Africa to the People of God.” Nairobi: Paulines
Publications Africa, 2009.

g. Healey, Joseph G. “Innovations and New Trends in Small Christian
Communities (SCCs) in Africa Today,” Hekima Review, 40 (May, 2009), 85-100.
h. Healey, Joseph. “New Learnings in Animating a Small Christian Communities
(SCCs) Model of Church in Africa Today,” African Christian Studies (CUEA), 24:2 (June,
2008), 7-37.

i. Healey, Joseph and Laurenti Magesa. “Making Africa Matter: Previewing the
2009 African Synod,” Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Website, September, 2009.
http://www.maryknollsociety.org/index.php/articles/2-articles/424-preview-2009-second-african-synod

j. Henriot, Peter and Dominic Liche. Church in Africa: Relevant and
Credible? The Challenge of the Second African Synod. (Lusaka: Jesuit Centre for
Theological Reflection, 2008). http://www.jctr.org.zm/downloads/2ndAfricanSynodBook.pdf

k. Henriot, Peter. “Hopes for the Second African Synod,” Hakimani e-
Newsletter, September, 2009, 3-4. http://www.jesuithakimani.org/e_news/0909/enews_0909.pdf

l. Henriot, Peter. Second African Synod: Zambian Pastoral Implications.
Presentation at Diocese of Monze Pastoral Meeting. 12 May 2009.
http://www.jctr.org.zm/Events.html

m. Instrumentum Laboris (“Working Paper”) for Synod of Bishops Second
Special Assembly for Africa. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and
Peace. Vatican City: Liberia Editrice Vaticana, 2009 and Nairobi: Paulines Publications
Africa, 2009.
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20090319_instrlabor-africa_en.html

n. Justice, Reconciliation & Peace. Kenya Lenten Campaign, 2009. Nairobi: KEC
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, 2009.

o. Lineamenta (“Guidelines”) for Synod of Bishops Second Special Assembly
for Africa. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. Nairobi:
Paulines Publications Africa, 2006.
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20060627_ii-assembly-africa_en.html

p. Majawa, Clement. African Christian Reconciliation in the Light of Yao
Traditions. Nairobi: CUEA Press, 2009.

q. Mejia, Rodrigo. We are the Church: Sharing in Small Christian Communities
Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2009.

r. Message to the People of God
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/sinodo/documents/bollettino_23_ii_speciale-africa-2009/02_inglese/b30_02.html
Final List of 57 Propositions
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/sinodo/documents/bollettino_23_ii_speciale-africa-2009/02_inglese/b33_02.html
of the Synod of Bishops Second Special Assembly for Africa. The Church in Africa in Service to
Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. Synodus Episcoporum Bulletin. October, 2009.

s. Proceedings of the 16th AMECEA Plenary Assembly on “Reconciliation
Through Justice and Peace.” Lusaka, Zambia from 27 June to 7 July, 2008. Nairobi:
Privately printed, 2008.

t. Rodriguez, Carlos. “The Second African Synod: Seeking Reconciliation
Peace for the Continent,” Leadership, July, 2009, 10-13.
http://www.combonimissionaries.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/second-african-synod-leadership-magazine-july-issue.pdf

u. Special Issue of Hakimani: Jesuit Journal of Social Justice in Eastern
Africa, 05/09 (January to June, 2009) on “Promoting Themes of the 2nd African
Synod.” Contains nine special articles on the synod including: Joseph Healey, “Small
Christian Communities (SCCs) Promote Themes of 2009 Second African Synod” (4-11);
Ignatus Ikunza, Overcoming Violence: Complexity, Complacency, or Complicity? A
Reflection on Our Collective Response to Human Catastrophe” (12-32); C.A. Mumma
Martinon, “Women in Conflict Management” (33-39); Joseph Wandera, “Xenophobic
Conflict in Africa: Ethical Implications (40-47); and Andrew Omona David, “Northern
Uganda Peace Process: Why Parties Involved Have Failed To Reach a Compromise” (61-69).

v. Special post-synod issues of Hakimani, Hekima Review, National Mirror, New
People, Seed and Voice. 2009 and 2010.

w. “Statement (Position Paper) from Bishops of the Association of Member
Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Who Are Delegates to the Synod
of Bishops’ Second Special Assembly for Africa in Rome in October, 2009. Nairobi:
Unpublished Paper, 29 September, 2009. 5 pages. Published by the Catholic Information
Service for Africa (CISA) Email News Bulletin. Issue No. 096, Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
Available online:
http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:4KIc04Qm0LkJ:www.africamission-mafr.org/cisa18_synod_africa.htm+%22Bishops+of+the+Association+of+Member+Episcopal+
Conferences+of+Eastern+Africa+(AMECEA)+Who+Are+Delegates+to+the+Synod+of+Bishops%E2%80%99+Second+Special+Assembly+for+Africa%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk

x. Summary of the Instrumentum Laboris 2009. Synod of Bishops
II Special Assembly for Africa. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation,
Justice and Peace. Compiled by Paulino Mondo and John Webootsa. Prepared by the Justice
and Peace Holy Trinity Kariobangi Catholic Parish. Nairobi: Privately Printed, 2009.

y. Thesing, Ken. “Promoting Restorative Justice in Africa,” Maryknoll Fathers &
Brothers Africa Region Newsletter, June, 2009, 6-7. http://www.maryknollafrica.org/newsletter/Maryknoll_Africa_2009_June.pdf

z. Towards Healing and Transformation. Kenya Lenten Campaign, 2010. Nairobi:
KEC Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, 2010.

aa. “Towards the 2nd Africa Synod.” Position Paper of IMBISA (Inter-Regional
Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa) on the 2009 Synod of Bishops Second Special
Assembly for Africa. Harare: Privately Printed 2009.

bb. Wijsen, Frans, Peter Henriot and Rodrigo Mejia, editors. The Pastoral Circle
Revisited: A Critical Quest for Truth and Transformation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005 and Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2006).

2. Links to Websites

African Faith and Justice Network (AFJN): www.afjn.org
African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching: www.afcast.org.zw
AMECEA: http://www.amecea.org
Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA): http://www.cisanewsafrica.org
Google Search Engine: www.google.com
Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR): www.jctr.org.zm
Jesuit Hakimani Centre: www.jesuithakimani.org
Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Africa Region: http://www.maryknollafrica.org
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC): www.maryknollogc.org/togetherwithafricacelebratinghope.html See special section on “Together with Africa: Celebrating Hope”
People for Peace in Africa: http://www.peopleforpeaceafrica.org
SECAM/SCEAM: http://www.sceam-secam.org
SEDOS: http://www.sedosmission.org
Small Christian Communities Global Collaborative Website: www.smallchristiancommunities.org
Vatican: http://www.vatican.va
Vatican Information Service: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/vis/vis_en.html
Vatican Radio: http://www.radiovaticana.org
Vatican Roman Curia Synod of Bishops: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/index.htm
Yes Africa Matters (sponsored by the Catholic Task Force on Africa —CTFA): http://sites.google.com/site/yesafricamattersorg
ZENIT: http://www.zenit.org

Updated:

Nairobi, Kenya
21 November, 2009