Fifty African Roman Catholic prelates have met in Italy this week to discuss the role of the Catholic Church in Africa.
CU Portrait of Christ zoom out to GV Bishop Yago of Ivory Coast speaking.
GV PAN delegates from Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Burundi and others listening.
GV Congo and Dahomey delegates (2 shots)
SV PAN from Malawi to Madagascar, Lesotho and Kenyan delegates.
CU Chairman PAN to Bishop Yago still speaking.
CU Crucifix on chain zoom out to Zaire delegates.
SV PAN from Zambian delegate to others seated.
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Background: Fifty African Roman Catholic prelates have met in Italy this week to discuss the role of the Catholic Church in Africa. The delegates, including five cardinals, are attending the Fourth Plenary Session of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa And Madagascar (SECAM).
The week-long conference is taking place at Grottaferrata in the Alban Hills some 30 miles (48 kilometres) south of Rome. Representatives from every African country are taking part, including Bishop Yago of Ivory Coast who addressed the meeting's second session on Tuesday (23 September).
The delegates are expected to call for a greater degree of independence from Rome, and for greater ]freedom to adapt Church rites and liturgy to African conditions.
The conference will probably also discuss how the Church in Africa can involve itself more closely with the struggle for greater human justice.
On Friday (26 September) the prelates are expected to have an audience with Pope Paul. The day has been designated "Africa Day" for prayer for peace and justice throughout Africa.