Webpage created and maintained by Chidi Denis Isizoh
GENERAL INFORMATION
  Pre-Vatican II African Regional Synods


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  What is a Synod in the post-Vatican II understanding?
  Apostolic Letter establishing Synod of Bishops
  Canonical Provisions for Synod of Bishops
  Post Vatican II Synods preceding the Africa Synod
BACKGROUND PREPARATIONS
  Preliminary Questions proposed in the Lineamenta
   INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS (Working Document)
  Communications from the General Secretariat for Synods and from the Council for the African Synod
POPE JOHN PAUL II
ON THE AFRICAN SYNOD
PREPARATION PHASE
6 Jan. 1989: Angelus Message in Rome - Announcement of the convocation of the Synod
23 Jun. 1989: Audience with the Council for the Synod
26 Aug. 1990: Angelus Message in Rome
10 Sept. 1990:  Address to the Council for the Synod at Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast)
9 Feb. 1993:  Homily during the celebration of Vespers in Kampala (Uganda)
27 Feb. 1994:  Angelus Message in Rome
6 March 1994:  Angelus Message in Rome
13 March 1994:  Angelus Message in Rome
20 March 1994:  Angelus Message in Rome
WORKING PHASE
10 April 1994: Homily at the Opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
8 May 1994: Homily at the Closing Mass (delivered on Pope's behalf by Cardinal Francis Arinze) in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
8 May 1994: Radio message from Gemelli Hospital
CELEBRATION PHASE
14 - 16 September 1995: Addresses and  homilies delivered in Yaounde, Cameroon
16 - 18 September 1995: Addresses and  homilies delivered in Johannesburg, South Africa
18 - 20 September 1995: Addresses and  homilies delivered in Nairobi, Kenya
AT WORK... INSIDE THE SYNOD HALL
Interventions read in the hall by the Synod Fathers in order of presentation
Interventions submitted to the Secretariat but not read in the Synod hall
Interventions by the Synod Fathers according to themes
Voices of Experts and Observers
MESSAGE OF THE SYNOD


PRAYER FOR 
THE SPECIAL ASSEMBLY FOR AFRICA 
OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS

Loving Father,
in your desire to communicate eternal life, 
you sent Jesus your Son to bring all people into your kingdom.
As the Church in Africa prepares to answer the call to be witness 
to the Gospel through the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 
we humbly implore you, to strengthen your people for their mission to evangelise all the nations of the continent.
Where there is ignorance, give knowledge;
where there is fear, courage;
where there is indifference, love;
where there is oppression, justice;
where there is conflict, peace.
May the Holy Spirit guide us in forming and living our pastoral plan to make disciples of all the peoples of Africa teaching them to know and
observe all that you have commanded. Through Christ our Lord.  
Amen.

Approved by the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa & Madagascar

ECHOES 
OF THE AFRICAN
SYNOD
Efforts by Africans 
to implement the Synod recommendations


ECCLESIA 
IN AFRICA
A Post-Synodal Exhortation of
Pope John Paul II

"The Synod is over. The Synod has just begun"

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Updated: 17 February, 2006