The Archbishop of Burundi, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi has been elected chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) at the organization’s 11th assembly in Bujumbura.
Delegates from the Anglican Communion’s 12 African provinces met in the Burundian capital from 4-8 February 2012 to elect new leaders, review on-going projects, and coordinate African wide programmes for the church.
In his presidential address to the meeting, the outgoing chairman, Archbishop Ian Ernest of the Indian Ocean stated that CAPA seeks to be a “facilitator and a powerful instrument that our provinces and dioceses may use to enhance the quality of their ministry. We all need each other.”
A statement released during the gathering said the bishops and delegates discussed the wide spread growth of the church in Africa in recent years, but noted this growth had to be supported through the training of Christian teachers, leaders and clergy to guide new believers. The formation of the new republic of South Sudan, the plight of the Christian minority in northern Sudan, and the “on-going challenges in Zimbabwe and North Africa” were also among the issues discussed in formal plenary meetings.
The Archbishop of Canterbury sent greetings and promise of his prayers for the meeting. Dr. Williams commended the work of CAPA. The work of CAPA for “holistic mission and development, grounded in the Good News of Jesus, is an inspiration” to Anglicans across the globe, he said, adding that CAPA’s “witness to Christ in so many situations that are both materially and spiritually challenging is a gift from God.”
In addition to a new chairman, delegates elected a standing committee and new vice-chairman, Archbishop Albert Chama of Central Africa and agreed to meet in the Congo in four years time for their next meeting.