MEETING OF THE RECOWA COMMISSION FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN SIEERRA LEONE

RECOWA / CERAO COMMISSION FOR MISSION, PONTIFICAL MISSION, MIGRANT AND TOURISM: KENEMA DECLARTION, DECEMBER 2017. “ Towards a dignified return journee ” PREAMBLE Reflecting on our Holy Father’s global invitation addressed to Bishops’ Conferences to take decisive action in support of migrants and refugees to save their lives and protect their rights which is to be carved in the 2018

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Regional Conference on Land Grabbing in Francophone Africa November 2017

Déclaration de la « Conférence Régionale Afrique Francophone » sur le thème : Accaparement des terres en Afrique francophone : identifier et promouvoir les solutions endogènes pour s’en sortir » du 21 au 23 Novembre 2017 à Abidjan   « Dieu créa les cieux et la terre. Le Seigneur Dieu prit l’homme et le plaça dans le jardin d’Eden pour le cultiver et le garder » (Gn1,1 ;2,15)

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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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