The Pan-African Catholic Laity seminar opened in Accra's State House on Wednesday (11 August). Some?
The Pan-African Catholic Laity seminar opened in Accra's State House on Wednesday (11 August). Some 300 delegates representing Africa's more than 39 million Catholice are attending the seminar, which is described as the first of its kind ever organised by the Catholic Church.
SYNOPSIS: The State House in Accra was the scene on Wednesday of the start of the Pan-African Catholic Laity Seminar. The opening service was conducted by the Catholic Bishop of Wa, His Lordship Peter Dery. The theme of the seminar is the role of the Laity in the growth of the Church.
Some 300 delegates representing Africa's more than 39 million Catholice are attending the seminar - said to be the first of its kind over organised by the Catholic Church.
The proceedings continued as the President of the Council on the Laity, Cardinal Maurice Roy from Canada, delivered a message from the Pope. In his message, the Pope called on African missionaries to give an African background to the Church on the continent without losing the universal value it has from the mother church.
The Pope also said that the conference has shown in a clear perspective what he called he vitality of the Catholic Church on the African Continent. He said the conference should be a point of departure for a fresh and vigorous missionary effort.
One of the seminar's aims is to help revitalise the lay apostolate in Africa. It will also explore Africa's development in the economic, social and political fields.