Message of the Holy Father Pope Francis to the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)
The Most Reverend Gabriel Mbilingi, C.S.Sp.
Archbishop of Lubango
His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to learn of the celebrations marking the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, and he askes you kindly to convey his prayerful greetings to all gathered for the event.
Joining you in thanking Almighty God for the many graces received by SECAM and for the fraternal communion that has characterized its work over these fifty years. His Holiness prays that its members may be strengthened in missionary discipleship, for "the great work of evangelization consists in striving to make the Gospel permeate every aspect of our lives so that we, in tern, can bring it to others." (Address to Representatives of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, 7 February 2015). In this way, SECAM will continue to be valuable service to the local Churches throughout the entire continent of Africa. Entrusting those attending the celebrations to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Holy Father willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessings as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State