The Catholic Chaplaincy to the African Union is organising a Zoom Webinar on Guns and Inter-religious Dialogue on 19 October 2020 at 04:00 PM Nairobi/Addis Ababa. The topic of the Zoom Webinar is Silencing the Guns and Interreligious Dialogue in Africa. Register in advance for this webinar via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xqtk7F7XQtG8PPVyPEj6mA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to participate in the webinar.
The Webinar will feature three speakers, namely Dr Marinus Chijioke Iwuchukwu (Associate Professor of Theology – Chair of the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) @Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), His Eminence Berhaneyesus D. Cardinal Souraphiel CM (Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa, President of the @Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE)) And His Eminence Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga C.S.Sp (Archbishop of Bangui, Central African Republic )
Dr Marinus Chijioke Iwuchukwu, is an Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, PA, USA. A Nigerian born academic who specializes in inter religious dialogue, inclusive religious pluralism, and media and religion. He is the current chair of the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue, chair of Theology Department, and current Visiting Research Fellow at University of Chester, Cherster, England. He was a recipient of the 2014 “Humanity Day Award” from Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel was born in Cheleleqa, Ethiopia, on 14 July 1948. He is a member of the Congregation of the Mission (the Lazarists). He was ordained a priest on 4 July 1976 in Ethiopia where he was imprisoned by the Communists from 1979-1980. After his release, he moved to Rome, where he earned a Master degree in socio-economic development at the Pontifical Gregorian University. On 7 July 1999 he was appointed Archbishop of Addis Ababa. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 15 February 2015. He is the current President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia, Chancellor of Ethiopian Catholic University, and Chairman of Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission.
Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga C.S.Sp. was born on 14 March 1967 in Mbomou, CAR. He was ordained a priest on 9 August 1998. On 14 May 2012 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Metropolitan Archbishop of Bangui. In November of 2015 he welcomed Pope Francis in his diocese; in Bangui the Holy Father opened the first door of the Holy Year of Mercy. Personally committed to the peace process in his country, in 2013 he participated, alongside the president of the Islamic Council and the president of the Evangelical Alliance in Bangui, in the foundation of the interfaith Platform for Peace in CAR. He is a winner of the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prize.
The Catholic Chaplaincy to the African Union (CACAU) is an outreach mission of the Church to the members and institutions of the African Union (AU). Entrusted to the Congregation of the Holy Spirit through the Spiritan Group of Ethiopia, CACAU is canonically under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Archdiocese of Addis Ababa presently led by His Eminence Berhaneyesus Demerew Cardinal Souraphiel, C.M. The Chaplaincy assists the Symposium of the Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), religious congregations, and Church groups in their dealings with the Pan-African continental body.
The fundamental mission of the Catholic Chaplaincy to the African Union is to be the Church’s presence at the AU and, in the light of the Gospel, to reflect on the life and activities of the AU so as to help it achieve its vision of “an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”.