Dear Brothers and Sisters,  

It is indeed my greatest pleasure to welcome you to this year’s UCAP Congress in the beautiful South African city of Cape Town. Allow me to take this early opportunity to thank our hosts – the Southern African Bishops Conference (SABC) under the leadership of its President Most Rev. Stephen Brislin who is coincidentally also the Archbishop of Cape Town. My appreciation also goes to the Vatican for its continuous support through our brother Rev. Fr. Janvier Yameogo.

The Federation of Catholic Media, the Bayard Press (both of France), The Catholic Media Council (CAMECO); The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM); Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Pan African Committee for Episcopal Conferences (CEPACS) and SIGNIS - World Catholic Association for Communication- for supporting this congress.

I cannot forget those who have offered to speak and moderate in various sessions and all the participants who will take leave from their busy schedules to attend the conference from different parts of the world. May the good Lord grant each and every one of you His journey mercies! A lot of thought, resources and man hour have gone into the preparation of this congress and I must sincerely thank members of the UCAP executive, SABC and the Schoenstatt Retreat & Conference Centre team for burning the mid night oil to ensure the success of this congress. The choice of the conference theme: ‘Using the Media for Promotion of Integral Human Development in Africa’ is apt.

I am certain that with your support and effective participation in the subsequent deliberations, we will be able to make this conference a resounding success and transforming the theme into a reality.

This conference will undoubtedly provide us with a wonderful opportunity to renew old acquaintances and to make new friends, during the networking sessions, with one goal of evangelizing the world through our work. Your presence, therefore, will richly grace this Congress. I wish you fruitful deliberations while you enjoy the South Africa hospitality.

Thank you!


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