CAPA Elects Leaders

Adapted from Gavin Drake, ACNS

The Most Rev. Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa, has been elected as the new chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA). He will be assisted by the new vice chairman, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda.

CAPA brings together all 12 Anglican provinces in Africa, as well as the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa from the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, to “coordinate and articulate issues affecting the Church and communities across the region.”

Chama, who also serves as Bishop of Northern Zambia, became Archbishop of Central Africa in 2011. His province includes Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Earlier this year he hosted the Anglican Consultative Council as it met in Lusaka’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Archbishop Chama is chairman of the Anglican Alliance.

Ntagali, who is also Bishop of Kampala, became Archbishop of Uganda in 2012. In recent years he oversaw the redevelopment of the Anglican shrine and a museum dedicated to the memory of the martyrs in Namugongo, and last year he welcomed Pope Francis to the center. He persuaded President Yoweri Museveni to declare an annual national holiday on the day that Ugandans remember Archbishop Janani Luwum, who was martyred in 1977.

The elections occurred this week during a CAPA meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

CAPA was founded in 1979 in Chilema, Malawi, by the Anglican primates of Africa. It interacts with individuals, communities, and groups through more than 40 million church members in the 25 African countries with an Anglican presence. The Rev. Canon Grace Kaiso, based in Nairobi, is CAPA’s general secretary.

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