In his homily at the concluding Mass of the Synod in October 2009, Pope Benedict said “Courage, get on your feet, take up your bed and walk continent of Africa that welcomed our Saviour when as a child he had to flee with Joseph and Mary into Egypt.”

In response to the challenge of the Holy Father two important meetings were held recently, the IMBISA meeting in early May and the SECAM meeting from Pentecost Sunday 23rd May to 26th May 2010 at Mumemo near Maputo in Mozambique.

The Bishops from the IMBISA region who attended the African Synod met in Gauteng to study the outcomes of the Synod and to plan the implementation of the propositions.  After visiting the ‘Message to the Faithful’ and the Propositions of the Synod, the group highlighted the following three categories of concern which the Church in the IMBISA region would need to put high on our list of priorities:

  • Good Governance
  • Economic Justice
  • The Family

Good Governance:
Three years from now we would like to see a clear programme of political education informed by democratic and Christian principles.  Election monitoring and observation; Budget monitoring, keeping an eye on what our governments are spending; Training of media personnel and the Formation of Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Offices.

Economic Justice:
In three years we would like to see that our natural resources and the economies of our countries are well managed and benefit all.  We do this by monitoring the national budgets, setting up or increasing income generating projects.  Provide education and awareness, formation for politicians so that they understand what economic justice entails; Theological Reflections on Economic Justice, and training community leaders in Advocacy.

The Family:
In three years time we would like to see the family based on a covenant of love and mutual respect between a man and a woman in the service of life and society.  To encourage Marriage and Family Life movements; to hold a Family Congress; a Plenary Session of IMBISA on the Christian family; and where possible to set up a Family Desk in each Diocese.