AMECEA(*) Pastoral Department is committed toward supporting Pax Romana-International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA) as it reorganizes its structures to conform with the structures of the Church at all levels - region, Conference and the diocese, says Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo, the Coordinator of AMECEA Pastoral Department.

According to Fr. Chimombo who attended the ICMICA meeting convened in Ivory Coast from 15th to 18th October, 2018 under the theme Catholic Professionals and the Call to Good Citizenship in Africa Today; one of the fundamental resolutions by the meeting which was attended by representatives that came from 17 African countries was to revive their spiritual foundation.

We, Catholic Professionals under the auspices of Pax Romana, decided to assemble here in Ivory Coast, Bingerville from 17 African countries to reflect on the theme Catholic Professionals and the Call to Good Citizenship in Africa Today’.  The Catholic Professionals convened from 15 to 18 2018 October to:

  • Self-examine ourselves, especially on our role as Catholic Professionals and as agents of change; and
  • Develop practical strategies (activities/road map) on ways to ‘organize ourselves’ to confront the socioeconomic and political challenges that pull us back as a continent.

 We recognize that the African continent has made great socio-economic and political strides. However, in spite of this progress, the continent still remains held back by many serious challenges- including corruption, poor governance, weak institutions, un employment all of which negatively affect the continent’s socioeconomic and political progress.

During the AGM, our member Faith Odhiambo has been elected as the secretary  for the NIYOA board.  Hence it means that ICMICA Africa has  the position of the secretary.

The Network of International Youth Organisations in Africa (NIYOA) is a network that brings together international youth organizations working in Africa to empower young people to take active role in the society. As a youth platform for the International Organisations in Africa, NIYOA serves the interest of young people all over Africa, promoting their active participation in development and educating them  on the values and principles of peace, democracy and co-operation.

There was a Skype meeting held on 22nd March 2014 for Pax Romana Africa Regional meeting for English Speaking Countries.  In attendance were: Rosemary Sunkutu from Zambia, Homisdas from Rwanda, Fredrick Wamalwa from Pax Romana Africa. Elizabeth Chikomo from Zimbabwe and Jules Zannou from Benin partially followed the meeting due to poor internet connection.The following were discussed:

Agenda 1: Updates from countries:

Zambia: Members meet every month. The main current activity is rolling out the movement to all the dioceses in Zambia. There is good will and support from the local church. Mobilizing resources to support the activities of the movement is still a challenge.

In Africa, a few movements are working closely with the local church leadership and more so decentralizing the movement to dioceses and parishes, away from the cities.

In Kenya, the group is working very well with the local episcopal conference through membership to the Lay Apostolate. More so the movement is now present in almost all dioceses- thanks to the efforts of Fr. Etienne and the national team. Our friends in Kenya have done a wonderful job around issues of Catholic Social Teaching, going round the dioceses to educate Christians about CSTs and their practical application in life today.

Many activities of IMCS in Africa in 2012 are related to the implementation of the synod on the "Church in Africa at the service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.