The plenary assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is due to be held in Accra, Ghana, from 27 July to 1 August 2010.
The event will be attended by some 250 key figures in the Church, including cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and lay persons from Africa and other parts of the world.
SECAM, the president of which is Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, Catholic Archbishop of Dal-es-Salaam, Tanzania, is celebrating its fortieth year of activity with a week of reflection on the theme of 'Self-Reliance and the Way Forward for the Church in Africa'.
Within the context of plenary assembly, Archbishop Leon Kalenga Badikebele, apostolic nuncio to Ghana, will deliver an official message from Benedict XVI to the participants.
The plenary assembly, the highest administrative body in SECAM, meets every three years. This year's agenda includes a meeting of bishops on the central theme of the gathering and a round table discussion, as well as a renewal of their joint commitment to achieve the ideals of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.
The national and regional episcopal conferences of Africa and other bodies affiliated to SECAM will present their evaluations on the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which was held in the Vatican last October on the theme of 'The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace'.