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Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Beebeejaun with bishops and and the choir at the opening of the CAPA Meeting
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Archbishop Peter Akinola and Bishop Roger at the Inauguration Service
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Archbishop Sentamu and Stenio Andre, Dean of the Cathedral
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CAPA Council meets in Mauritus
By Bishop Roger Chung
 
ANTSIRANANA 071005-1
October 5, 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) met in Mauritius from 2 to 4 October 2007. Archbishop Ian Ernest of the Province of the Indian Ocean warmly welcomed the Council members and the guests present at this meeting, as it was the first time that a CAPA Council Meeting was held in Mauritius.

The opening Eucharist was held in St Andrew's Church in Quatre Bornes and the Diocesan Choir uplifted the service with elated hymns. The theme of this council meeting was Called to a Life of Faithfulness.

The opening ceremony was held in the Gold Crest Hotel, and the Council was honoured to have the Deputy Prime Minister, Rashid Beebeejaun, present at this inaugural event. The Deputy Prime Minister, who is observing Ramadan, showed his support by being present but did not address the audience. The acting CAPA General Secretary, the Most Rev Benjamin Nzimbi, coordinated the opening ceremony. During the CAPA Chairman's message, he described Mauritius as a land of harmony which has a lot to teach to other African countries especially his own country, Nigeria, where peace between the different Christian and Moslem groups is far from harmony and mutual understanding.

The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev John Sentamu, also attended the CAPA Council meeting for a short while and brought greetings from His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams. This presence greatly enhanced the meeting, especially in the light of the schismatic issues of sexuality in the Anglican Communion. The bond of unity was reaffirmed as Archbishop Sentamu has the gift of wise words and never missing the great truths for the Anglican Church.

Guests included representatives from CMS, USPG , TEC and organisations involved in the HIV and AIDS program.

Pray that this meeting brings Good News for the African Continent and all the Anglican Communion.

Homba anareo anie ny Tompo ... and ... Pray for us.

The Rt Rev Roger Chung Po Chuen F.H.
Bishop of Antsiranana Diocese
Mgr Jaomalaza
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