Cardinal Sarr
Cardinal Sarr

The Conference Episcopale Regionale de l’Afrique de l’Ouest G was formed in June 1963 to bring together all Francophone and Lusophone Catholic bishops from West Africa under one regional grouping.

Cardinal Sarr
Cardinal Sarr

Anglophone Catholic bishops from West Africa followed suit in 1977 with the formation of a regional body known as Association of the Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA).

Since the 1990s, however, the idea was mooted for a union of Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Episcopal Conferences so that there could be better understanding, exchange of views, experiences and general pastoral collaboration.

Invitations for AECAWA member countries to attend meetings organised by CERAO member countries and vice-versa soon became the order of the day. In December 2000, in Ouagadougou, the governing councils of AECAWA and CERAO met for the first time. The theme for the meeting was Building the Church Family of God in West Africa – Opportunities and Challenges.

After duly reflecting on the theme, participants at the joint Assembly decided to form a union which would be a merger of AECAWA and CERAO member countries allowing in the process, an integration of all English-speaking, Portuguese-speaking and French- speaking Episcopal Conferences into one formidable union of Episcopal Conferences to be known as RECOWA-CERAO.

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