Monday, 23 July 2018

Bishop of Solwezi, Zambia elected Chairman of AMECEA

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Addis Ababa | AMECEA Online News | The Catholic Bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have elected Rt Rev Charles Kasonde, Bishop of Solwezi, Zambia as Chairman of the association.

Bishop Kasonde who was an AMECEA Executive Board delegate from Zambia takes over from H.E. Berhaneyesus D. Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who served as Chairman for one term of four years.  

The Chairman of AMECEA is elected every Four Years during the business session of the Plenary meeting. The position is held for a maximum of two terms.

Speaking at the Official Closing Mass of the 19th AMECEA Plenary Assembly on Monday where he was the main celebrant, Bishop Kasonde expressed  gratitude to AMECEA Bishops for trusting and having confidence in him and other office bearers who have been elected and appointed to various positions. 

"May I ask for your support and collaboration, in synodality and communion," he said adding that "As we are closing our plenary Assembly, I want to ask you all to live the theme of the Plenary: Vibrant Diversity, Equal Dignity, Peaceful unity in God in the AMECEA Region. And remain committed to the common initiatives of AMECEA," he said.

He was elected at during business session of the 19th AMECEA Plenary Assembly on Saturday.

Bishop Kasonde was born on 14 December 1968 and was ordained as a priest on August 4, 2001 in Ndola, Zambia. He was appointed Bishop on 23 March 2010 and consecrated as a Bishop on 29 May 2010.


AMECEA Bishiops have appointed Very Rev Fr Anthony Makunde of Mbeya Diocese, Tanzania as the new Secretary General of the Association. 

The announcement was made by the Outgoing Chairman H.E Berhaneyesus D. Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa during the closing Mass of the 19th AMECEA Plenary Assembly held at the Catholic Cathedral of The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Addis Ababa on 23rd July, 2018.

Fr Makunde is taking over from Very Rev. Ferdinand Lugonzo of Kakamega Diocese, Kenya who served two terms as Secretary General of the Association. 

His Eminence Berhaneyesus also announced the appointment of Rev Fr Stephen Mbugua, from Nakuru Diocese, Kenya as the new Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa – CUEA. 

Rev. Fr. Mbugua takes over from Professor Justus Mbae, from Kenya who is finishing his mandate with the University as a Vice Chancellor.

Archbishop Ziyaye tells AMECEA Bishops not to be intimidated by threats

Most Rev. Tarcisius Ziyaye, Archbishop of Lilongwe, Malawi has asked his brother Bishops from AMECEA Region to remain firm in condemning social injustices and exploitation of the poor. He urged them not be afraid to suffer for the people of God entrusted to their pastoral care and must not shy away from preaching the Gospel of Christ, which will eventually lead to ending exploitation and the injustice.

In his Homily during the Eucharistic Celebrations on Saturday 21st at AMECEA 19th Plenary Assembly in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Archbishop Ziyaye said that often times Cardinals, Bishops and Priests are intimidated with threats whenever they preach against acts of injustices and exploitation of the poor.

“My brothers and sisters, it is a fact that when we Bishops and of course cardinals as well as priests, preach against exploitation of the poor or issue pastoral letters pointing out the injustices, more often than not some politicians and government react very badly. They desert us and even threaten us with persecution or death,” Archbishop Ziyaye said adding that the Bishops as serious disciples of Jesus Christ they should give up on their duty and responsibility.


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