The Region of hope and great challenges, where the Federation is present from the moment of its foundation.

The beginning of the biblical apostolate on the African continent was due to the initiative of Fr. Adrian Smith, wf, who started that form of pastoral work in Lusaka, Zambia.

With the creation of the CBF this process took more dynamism. Since the very beginning, since the year of it’s foundation the CBF was present in Africa – before 1975 already 8 Bishops Conferences (or biblical institutions representing them) were members of the CBF (WCFBA). Recognizing this contribution of the Federation to the Church in Africa, in 1975, the Bishops of Africa organized within SECAM officially requested the CBF (WCFBA) to start an Africa service for the promotion of the biblical apostolate in Africa. Fr. Adrian Smith, wf, from Zambia was the Director of the English-speaking Africa Service from October 1975 till September 1978, when was succeeded by Fr. Wynnand Amewowo. Fr. Dieter Skweres, svd, from Togo was the Director of the French-speaking Africa Service from January 1978, when the service was created, until December 1979, when was succeeded also by Fr. Wynnand Amewowo. Thus Fr. Wynnand Amewowo was responsible for both the English- and French-speaking Africa Services as from 1979 on.

In 1981 SECAM decided to give the unified Africa Service (English- and French-speaking) a permanent structure through the creation of the Catholic Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar (BICAM) and it was formally fulfilled in 1983. The first Director of BICAM, Fr. Wynnand Amewowo, moved from Lomé to Nairobi in June, 1983. In 1996 BICAM became a full member of th Catholic Biblicale Federation. In 2003 the office of BICAM was transfered from Nairobi to Accra.

Catholic Biblical Federation currently has 58 members in Africa with 29 Episcopal Conferences and 29 associate members distributed in 31 countries of the African continent.



CBF General Secretary is at the moment Acting Coordinador for CBF Africa Region
The office in Sankt ottilien (Germany)

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Updates from Africa

Arnoldus Youth Bible Camp 2019
22 Dec 2019

Bible camp for the youth organised by the ilizwi Biblical Centre in Plumtree, in Zimbabwe took place from 12th to 16 December 2019.

Year of the Word of God in Malawi
16 Dec 2019

Office bearers of Pontifical Missionary Society (PMS), Pastoral Coordinators and Family apostolate at the national and Diocese levels in Malawi converged at Nantipwiri Pastoral Centre in the Archdiocese of Blantyre to plan for the Year of Bible as announced by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi.

Opening of the Year of the Word of God
03 Dec 2019

Since 2018, the Pauline Sisters of Angola have undertaken a systematic biblical formation of lay people, with the course “Bible in Community”, a project based on the Biblical Animation Service - SAB / Brazil. The purpose of the course, on three successive levels (Bible Overview, Bible Theology, and the Bible as Literature), is to prepare and qualify people through knowledge and experience of God's Word to become Bible animators in the different pastoral areas and movements.