“All members of the Church ought to live and work together in unity as one jamaa (family). The absence of any part negatively affects the whole body.” - Laurenti Magesa

In order to “journey together,” we need to let ourselves be educated by the Spirit to a truly synodal mentality, entering with courage and freedom of heart into a conversion process that is indispensable for the “continual reformation of which [the Church] always has need, in so far as she is a human institution.” Preparatory Document, 9

Wednesday 28 September 2022, 5:30pm / 17h30 EAT

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The African Synodality Initiative (ASI) invites you to a Zoom webinar launch of its publication, A Pocket Companion to Synodality: Voices from Africa. This publication is the outcome of reflections by the ASI Theological Working Group that highlight synodal experiences in Africa, explore the links between synodality and culture in Africa, and deepen a theology of synodality from an African perspective. This resource material is intended to promote and support a wide and inclusive listening of all the People of God in keeping with the vision of Pope Francis of synodality as “a mutual listening in which everyone has something to learn.”

Join us in this synodal conversation with Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., who will speak on why theological insight and voices from local and global church contexts matter.


Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J. is the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He founded the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN), which assists Jesuits in responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Rev. Rafael Simbine is a priest from Xai-Xai Diocese, Mozambique. He is the Secretary General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Dr. Nora K. Nonterah is a theological and comparative ethicist and a lecturer at the Religious Studies Department, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. She is a contributor to the ASI publication.

Rodrigue Naortangar, SJ is a Chadian Jesuit priest. He is a lecturer and the head of ITCJ Press at the Jesuit Institute of Theology (ITCJ) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is a contributor to the ASI publication.

Sr. Jecinter Okoth, FSSA is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna. She is a journalist in the Communications Department of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

The African Synodality Initiative is providing resources that will enable the local churches in Africa to engage fruitfully and constructively in this synodal process