What is RecowaCerao?

RECOWA is the acronym for Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa. CERAO is the French and Portuguese acronym for Conference Episcopale Regionale de l’Afrique de l’Ouest / Conferencia Episcopal Regional da Africa Ocidental. HISTORY  

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History

what is Recowa Cerao? The Catholic Bishops of West Africa had two different organs of collegiality that were supra-national based on linguistic differences: Conférence Episcopale Régionale de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CERAO established in 1963) and the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA established in 1977). Convinced of the necessity of greater regional integration and organic pastoral solidarity

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Membership

The National or Inter-territorial Episcopal Conferences in West Africa and all the bishops of these conferences make up the Regional Episcopal   Conference of West Africa. LIST OF THE NATIONAL OR INTER-TERRITORIAL EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES (cf. Art. 1) Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) Inter-territorial Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ITCABIC) (Sierra

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Objectives

  To foster and maintain good relations among the Bishops of the region and their Episcopal Conferences “in order to promote and safeguard their higher welfare” (Vatican II, Christus Dominus 38, 5; canon 459 § 1) To establish fraternal and useful relations between the Episcopal Conferences through their respective Secretariats, amongst others, by: Communicating the principal decisions, especially in pastoral

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Vision

The vision is to help its people live in freedom, peace and dignity in order to develop its potential through a socio-political strengthening of its capacity based on the Social Teaching of the Church.

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Goal

The goal of RECOWA is to foster greater regional integration and pastoral solidarity through the promotion of unity, justice and peace among the people of West Africa on the basis of the Social Teaching of the Church.

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