Cape Town, July 12th, 2018 (UCAP). Catholic journalists from across the African continent are expected to congregate in Cape Town, South Africa between 9th and 13th September, for the Union of the Catholic African Press (UCAP) 2018 Conference.

The conference to be held in collaboration with the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference, SIGNIS Africa, and the Pan-African Episcopal Committee of Social Communications (CEPACS), will bring together Journalists working for both the Church and secular media at Schoenstatt Retreat and Conference Centre, in Cape Town.

The theme for the conference is ‘Using the Media for Promotion of Integral Human Development in Africa.’ The theme will be subdivided into four sub themes: Journalism for truth and reconciliation in the Church and of service to people; Promoting Peace, Truth and Reconciliation in Africa in a Digital Age; Making the Church more relevant to the Youth in the Church in Africa and Promoting the Social teachings of the Church through the Media in Africa.

The Congress goes to Cape Town at a time Catholics in Southern Africa are celebrating 200 years of the establishment of the Catholic Church in the region.

In recent years, UCAP Congresses have been held in Bamako-Mali; Mombasa-Kenya; Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso.

Delegates will stay at Schoenstatt Retreat and Conference Centre, nestling in the rural Constantia Valley of beauty and tranquility. This is a peaceful environment where individuals are able to rejuvenate their physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. A final programme will be shared soon.