AFRICA/KENYA - An impulse to catechesis to counter fundamentalism: the Bishops of AMECEA in view of the Synod

Monday, 17 September 2018 local churches   catechism   synod of bishops   youth   religious fundamentalism  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - Among the areas of intervention identified in the recent meeting in Nairobi, in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on young people to be held in the Vatican in October, by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), which brings together the Bishops of the Episcopal Conferences of East Africa, the Bishops have settled on Catechesis to counter the impact of religious fundamentalism and Pentecostalism; institutional vocational status of single persons with no particular consecration; training of Spiritual Directors; as well as formation for active citizenry in politics; dignity of women; and civil, social and political engagement.
As reported by Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo, coordinator of the Pastoral Section of AMECEA to Fides, other areas of interventions include Integral education and formation in Catholic institutions; the digital world and its impact on young people; youth protagonism; uncertainty, hope, fear and unemployment; enjoyment and beauty of the liturgy; accompaniment in schools and universities; situations of war, violence and young migrants; the role of families and life choices; and formative and social accompaniment.
Fr. Chimombo further explained that all issues prioritized were singled out in reference to the specific numbers in the Instrumentum Laboris, as per requirements of the Synodal process.
The synod delegates from AMECEA Region at the forthcoming Youth Synod of Bishops to be held at the Vatican include the following countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 17/9/2018)