Anastácio Sasembele – Luanda, Angola.
The Angolan delegation to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, 5 to 12 September in Budapest, Hungary, has expressed satisfaction with their participation at the event.
The Eucharist deepens our relationships with each other
Bishop Luzizila Kiala, who was delegation leader, said the event was an occasion for Catholics to strengthen their faith and share hope, life and joy with those who draw strength from the Eucharist.
“By participating in the Eucharist, the faith of believers is confirmed, Christian identity is rebuilt, and communion with Christ and with brothers and sisters is deepened. Thus, Christians can bear witness to the truth before the world with their heads held high, with courageous serenity, charity and humility according to Christ’s example,” Bishop Kiala said.
One day Africa should host the Eucharistic Congress
“Inculturation of the faith” was one of the subjects discussed during the Theological Symposium. Questions such as, how does Africa face the Eucharistic celebration were discussed,” the Bishops narrated. Bishop Kiala explained that the African continent has its own profound and unique way of revering the Eucharist.
The next 53rd International Eucharistic Congress will be held in the year 2024. Pope Francis has approved the South American Archdiocese of Quito in Ecuador as the next host of the International Eucharistic Congress. Bishop Kiala added that it is his hope that the Congress will one day be held on the African continent.
The Angolan church was represented by three Bishops and a laywoman: Bishops Luzizila Kiala, Dioceses of Sumbe; Bishop António Francisco Jaca, S.V.D., Diocese of Benguela; Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins, S.V.D., Archdiocese of Huambo. With the Bishops was Ms Edna de Almeida, who represented