COVID-19 has Exposed our Vulnerability as Humans – SECAM President


His Eminence, Philippe Ouédraogo Nakellentuba, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has stated that the Coronavirus pandemic has revealed the defenceless nature and inter-relatedness as human beings.

In a press statement issued by SECAM, Cardinal Ouédraogo said “COVID-19 has exposed how vulnerable we are, irrespective of colour or status, and what happens in one country affects people in the other.”

“Indeed, it has shown that we are one people and we need to be each other’s’ keeper” he added.

The statement issued to mark SECAM Day, further expressed disgust for the violence currently happening in Africa amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

“It is shameful and regretful that not even the deadly COVID-19 has deterred violence and terrorism in some countries in Africa; we continue to kill ourselves on a daily basis”, Cardinal Ouédraogo, who is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso lamented.

He called all to join voices with the Holy Father, Pope Francis and other world leaders to call for an immediate end to violence everywhere in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, known by the acronym SECAM, was founded by African Bishops on 29th July 1969 and formally launched by Saint Pope Paul VI on 31st July 1969 in Rubaga Cathedral, Kampala, Uganda. To keep alive this historic and memorable event, 29th July of every year is commemorated as SECAM Day.

In 2013, a Plenary Assembly of SECAM held in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided to celebrate SECAM Day on the Sunday after 29th July when it falls on a weekday. Therefore, this year’s SECAM Day will be held on the 2nd of August, 2020.

“Following the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, we have opted to defer the special SECAM collection for this year. But if any person or group of people are moved by the Holy Spirit to support SECAM financially or materially, you are welcome to do so”, the statement added

Source: Kelvin Aboagye-Yeboah// Newswatchgh

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