AMECEA: African Culture Should Guide Our Communications Strategy for Child Safeguarding

As the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Pastoral Department develops a communications strategy as a guiding tool for child safeguarding activities, the AMECEA Secretary General Fr. Anthony Makunde has asked the consultative team to be mindful of the African culture when coming up with the document.

Addressing the responsible team on Wednesday, August 26, as the team commenced working on the communications strategy the Secretary-General said, “Let us consider our African culture as we come up with this strategy that we need in the AMECEA region to take as a guide. And let us look at it from our own local context and not be too theological.”

“Our African culture has been that of safeguarding, nurturing, and caring for children. Therefore, let us come up with a communications strategy that will help to wipe the tears of an African child which seems to be too much at this particular time.”

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Bishop Mendyk: 30 years of Teaching Religion at School is Opportunity to Examine Conscience

Thirty years of teaching religion at school is an opportunity to examine conscience, but also to designate some new directions and new tasks that await catechesis, according to Bishop Marek Mendyk, former chairman of the Catholic Education Committee. 30 years of catechesis at school was one of the topics of the 386th Plenary Meeting of the Polish Bishops’ Conference held on August 27-29 this year. at Jasna Góra.

Bishop Mendyk noted that the first thing that should be paid attention to is, first of all, shaping the awareness and awakening the identity of the catechist. “The catechist must know who he is, what mission he has to fulfill, what he wants to build on. This is a task that the Commission sets itself for the future when it comes to relations with the directors of religious education departments, ”he said.

Bishop Mendyk mentioned the formation of catechists as the second issue. “It is not only a substantive formation but also a spiritual formation. Although the catechists last year passed this exam well when there were strikes, life brings new problems and it turns out that this formation is extremely important and necessary,” he stressed.

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