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The Holy Father Pope Francis has asked the members of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) to deepen the bonds of Friendship and communion among themselves so that they may offer a more convincing witness to society and the Church, and a united apostolate to the poor, the sick and the marginalized. In his message signed by Msgr Paolo Borgia to the President of ACWECA, Sr Prisca Mantenga, the Holy Father extended his prayerful good wishes to her and all Sisters gathered for the 17th ACWECA Plenary Assembly. “The Holy Father is moreover confident that this assembly will be an opportunity to rediscover the freshness of the Gospel, from which new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world,” read part of the message. Pope Francis entrusted the participants of the ACWECA Plenary Assembly to the maternal protection of Mary, Mother of the Church, and gladly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge and joy in the Lord. The ACWECA 17th Plenary Assembly commenced on Sunday 27th August at Tanzania Episcopal Centre in Dar-es-Salaam Kurasini and will end on 2nd September. The message of the Holy Father was brought by H.E. João Cardinal Bráz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institute of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life who is among the invited guests at the plenary assembly. Courtesy of AMECEA Online News

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