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Title: La figure l'Église-famille de Dieu
Subtitle: Sa pertinence et des enjeux pastoraux
Author(s): APPIAH-KUBI, Francis
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 16 Issue: 2 Date: 2010
When the Church of God passes from one generation and culture to another, it offers each generation and culture the integrity of Christian truth. However, there is a distinction between the truth and its various expressions and actualisations. Understanding and expressing this truth to the Africans, the Church in Africa during the Special Assembly of Synod of Bishops for Africa held in Rome 1994, opted for the ecclesiological paradigm 'family of God' as the new self-understanding of the Church in Africa. This paper seeks to stress the relevance and the credibility of the Church as family of God and her mission in relation with the life situation of the people of God in Africa. Contextually, it takes up some burning issues that seem to be more challenging for the edification of the Church as family of God and stresses that the vitality and the richness of the Church-family of God can only be effective if all Christian families become authentic domestic churches, nourished with the Word of God and the Eucharist. The paper asserts finally that the Church-family of God differs from all families. It transcends the sphere of all blood relationship. It is the family of families.