by IMBISAAt the last meeting standing committee it was decided to have an extraordinary one with the presence of the presidents of the Bishops Conferences members of IMBISA. The goal of the meeting would be to reflect together on the “vision” and “mission” of IMBISA. Though clear in our statutes, the reality of a context that has deeply changed and the appointment of so many new bishops in our countries, made it clear it was important to do so. Therefore we have come together in South Africa for three days (17 – 21 July 2017)
The opening Mass was presided by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).
In his homily he underlined how Providential this meeting is as the Church celebfrates 200 years of being “officially present” in the then Vicariate of the Cape of Good Hope.
He invisted us to move from being a “church of maintenance” to a church that looks for those searching for truth, compassion, healing…
He left us with three points to reflect upon: