The Justice, Peace and Development Commission (JPDC) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has held a Congress in Cairo, Egypt from 25 March to 1 April 2019 under the theme: “The Church in Africa at the service of creation, social justice and the promotion of the common good”.
The Congress brought together 38 participants from 17 African Countries representing the Justice and Peace Commissions of the Regional and National Episcopal Conferences of SECAM.
The participants reflected on the SECAM Jubilee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced persons and shared experiences and best practices in tackling the socio-economic, and political issues confronting the African continent in the form of political instability, bad governance, illegal migration and human trafficking, land grabbing and environmental degradation among others.
As part of the programme, the participants, led by six African Bishops, visited the President of the Muslim Council of Elders, His Excellency the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed AT-TAYYB and the Patriarch of Alexandria, Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Pope Tawdraus III.
The visits were in line with Pope Francis and the Church’s efforts in strengthening interreligious and ecumenical dialogue and collaborative work between the Catholic Church and the Muslim community of Egypt and the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The Congress was hosted by His Excellency Bishop Cricor AUGUSTIN, the Bishop of Arminian Catholic Church of Alexandria and Jerusalem.