11th CAPA Council Opens in Burundi

The Council of the Anglican Council of Africa (CAPA) is held the 11th Council meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi. The meeting which was hosted by the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi took place from 4th–8th February 2012.

With the theme “Harnessing our unity to unlock our potential and secure our future” the 11th CAPA Council meeting brought together Primates or their representatives, clergy and lay people from the 12 Anglican Provinces of Africa along with partners and other observers from around the world.

The Council that is held every four years opened with a vibrant welcoming service of Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bujumbura at which the Dean of the Cathedral, Rev. Canon Paul Ntukamazina; the Bishop of Bujumbura, the Right Rev. Pie Ntukamazina and the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi welcomed the delegates and other guests.

The Minister of Home Affairs who represented the Government of Burundi remarked that the meeting was held in the year that Burundi is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Independence and establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He commended the Church's contribution to Burundi's peace and sustainable development.

In his preaching, The Most Rev. Ian Ernest, Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean and chair of CAPA said that as the Body of Christ in unity we must reflect Christ in word and actions, through proclaiming the Gospel and reaching out in service to the world. Archbishop Ernest took the opportunity to congratulate the people of Burundi for rising to the challenge of consolidating a spirit of unity and thanked the Church of Burundi for its hospitality.

A sense of unity marked the service as Archbishops from different Provinces joined the Bishops of the Anglican Church of Burundi in prayer for the Church, the world and the CAPA Council meeting and released a communique and resolutions that will guide work in future.

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Eliud Wabukala attended the meeting.

Story Courtesy: Anglican Communion News Service Photo Credit: Anglican Church of Burundi

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