Failure is not in Africas future. A future that is in its hands, and yet to be written. This message marked the end of three intense weeks in which 244 members of the Synod of Africa have taken part in to take a close look at the issues revolving the Church in the continent.
57 interim conclusions of the Second Synod of Bishops for Africa are
spelled in a document 7 chapters long. In them-lie the continents main
issues from religious and spiritual standpoints. While the document is
not considered political the findings revolve around reconciliation,
justice and peace.
Members of Synod conclude the only way for justice and peace is through forgiveness.
Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH AGYFKUM
need of pardon and also the need for reconciliation because without
pardon its going to be very difficult to reconself another person.
There are many people who have been offended, many people who have
suffered discrimination and many people who have been serious troubles.
the objective of peace in mind, the Synod proposes building an
organization that favors the dialogue between the different ethnic
The synod also calls on national governments to
support the development of a UN treaty on arms trafficking to curb the
Another issue is poverty which millions of
Africans are facing. The synod has called on governments to end
corruption and for dioceses be supportive.
Joachim Kouraleyo Tarounga
Bishop of Maondou (Chad)
We seek reconciliation, justice and peace through cooperation of all members of the Church, from women and men to young.
members also point to the importance of religious education of
citizens, especially young people and seminarians, to avoid relativism.
On this issue synod members are asking governments to improve living
conditions for students to avoid them seeking an education elsewhere
and never return.
Isaac Jogues Agbemenya Gaglo
Bishop of Anèho (Togo)
bishops are also responsible, the Church must educate citizens,
Christians to become the salt of the earth and light of the world. It
is important that we go home with the aim of educating people. "
of the most controversial issues discussed was AIDS, the bishops point
to the need for new treatments that improve the quality of life of
patients and an increased commitment of the Church in helping those
affected. Although, they believe fidelity should be given more
importance in order to stop the spread of the disease.
regard to ecumenical dialogue, the assembled bishops say that a divided
Christendom is a scandal. They also call for greater respect and
collaboration with other religions such as Islam.
So now after
three weeks of meetings, the cardinals and bishops of the Synod of the
third largest continent in the world return home more aware of reality
in Africa along with support from whole Church.