Breaking

African Youth Petition SECAM Assembly over Participation

The youth pleaded with the assembly that the roles of the youth in the Church should be honoured with a replica of the International Youth Day on the African continent for the youth to celebrate at the various regional blocs of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa (C) and Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle (R) and Father Phillip Odii (L) Addressing Press At Munyonyo

Audio 2

A Delegation of African youth have petitioned the assembly of SECAM to open up more space for youth participation in the evangelization mission of Africa.  

They told the assembly that the youth have been sidelined for far too long in the evangelization mission of the Church and the time is now to be given a befitting position and recognition. 

They pleaded with the assembly that the roles of the youth in the Church should be honoured with a replica of the International Youth Day on the African continent for the youth to celebrate at the various regional blocs of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).    

They also demanded the appointment of a Bishop in charge of Youth Apostolate to foresee the evangelization of the youth who make up the majority population on the African continent.    

Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the treasurer of the Assembly of SECAM who has been delegated to speak for the Assembly says the petition moved the assembly of the Episcopal bishops to rethink the participation of the youth in evangelization over the next 50 years.    

//Cue in: “And they are asking….  

Cue out: “…..the African continent”//    

Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, the Archbishop of Blantyre in Malawi says the petition moved the assembly to rethink how to retool the youth for the great evangelization mission as the leaders of tomorrow.  

  //Cue in: “The youth are saying….  

  Cue out: “….good leaders of tomorrow”//    

Currently, majority of youth participation in the Church are limited to activities in the choir and instrumentals.  

Archbishop Msusa says for a powerful future SECAM, the youth should be empowered today. He says the youth are the future missionaries as envisioned by his holy Pontiff St. Paul VI that Africa should be missionaries to itself.