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East African bishops to prioritise fundamentalism in October synod

Due to its impact on young Catholics in Africa, fundamentalism will be a topic that bishops from East Africa prioritise in their talks with other delegates during the synod’s intervention sessions.

More than 300 delegates, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, sisters and laypeople are expected to attend the 3rd to 28th October Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican to discuss “young people, faith and vocational discernment.”

Bishops from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa will also take to the synod topics such as young people as protagonists, the training of spiritual directors and holistic formation in Catholic schools and universities.

Known by its acronym AMECEA, the group includes the bishops’ conferences of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Djibouti and Somalia.

Maryknoll Fr Joseph Healey, a facilitator at AMECEA’s 4th to 7th September preparatory meeting on the synod, said young Catholics in Africa want their peers to run their small Christian communities.

Picture: Young people pray during Mass in 2015 at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Nairobi, Kenya. Bishops from East Africa said they will prioritise fundamentalism at October’s Synod of Bishops, because of its impact on young Catholics.(CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA).

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