"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, June 28, 2012

African Jubilee: assessing accomplishments and planning the future - Vatican News

Vatican news - For many African nations this is the decade which marks more or less half a century of independence from colonial rule.

It’s an occasion to think back, and of course… look ahead!

That’s why professors in African studies, theologians and African ministers and politicians are travelling to Nairobi in Kenya, to participate in a five-day International Interdisciplinary Conference taking place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

The title of the event is “Africa’s Golden Jubilee: Assessing 50 Years of Scholarship and Development in Africa.

The Conference seeks to highlight achievements of the last 50 years and lay down lessons for the future.

So, as Vatican Radio’s head of the English for Africa Programme, fr. Moses Hamungole explained to Vatican Radio's Linda Bordoni, the focus of the talks will be Africa’s accomplishments in the past 50 years.

Fr. Moses was preparing to travel to Nairobi to attend the event which he says shines the light on various disciplines, from science, technology and engineering, to education health, arts, humanities and social sciences…

He says religious issues are also under the spotlight, in fact even although the event is organised by a Catholic University, one speaker has been invited to present a paper on the challenges faced by the Pentecostal Churches in the Continent.
Fr. Moses explains that the Catholic University of Eastern Africa was founded by the organisation that today is known as AMECEA, a regional grouping of bishops' conferences from eight countries in Eastern Africa.

He explains that the Conference will consist of eleven separate sumposia organisex by the University Faculties, Centres and Institutes and an interdisciplinary panel, each focusing on a different theme such as "The Church and Development in Africa", "The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Research and Development in Africa", "Five decades of gender based violence and discrimination against women and girls – What can be done and by Whom?"...

And commenting on the positive-sounding title of the event, Fr. Moses says hope and optimism are fundamental for men and scholars of africa in looking towards the future "because there is no looking to the future if there is no hope".

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