29 July was SECAM Day. SECAM stands for the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar. This week, SECAM launched in Kampala, Uganda, the yearlong golden celebrations for SECAM. On this day in 1969, His Holiness Pope John VI inaugurated SECAM in Kampala, Uganda.

As reported by Vatican news, His Grace Archbishop Palmer-Buckle believes that the yearlong celebrations will give the word, ‘celebration’ its qualitative meaning and value. He insists that ‘celebration’ is about rendering time to God, remembering what he has done for SECAM in the last 50 years, taking stock of mistakes, repenting, reconciling and then recommitting to Christ. Over 20 Bishop-representatives from the various regional conference of Africa were in Kampala for the inauguration, which will culminate in a big liturgical event to be held sometime in July 2019.

The Bishop-representatives met, in Kampala, under the theme: “Church-Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim Jesus Christ your Savior.” Uganda, the land of the martyrs, was acknowledged, by His Excellency Archbishop Palmer-Buckle as the heartbeat of the Catholic faith, in Africa.