Catholic Bishops Assembles for NACAFAC 2016 in Nigeria

NACAFAC (The National Catholic Festival of Arts and Culture) will hold her second edition from tomorrow August 2nd – 5th, 2016 at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre in Benin City. NACAFAC is an initiative of the Inculturation and Translation Committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. Metropolitan Archbishops of all the Ecclesiastical Provinces in the country are expected to attend as each province will be represented by a delegation of 50 members.

The theme is “Faith and Cultural Values: Celebrating God’s Mercy and the Dignity of Marriage”. The festival is aimed at making the Gospel message more comprehensible and relevant within the context of the diverse cultures characteristic of various ethnic groups in the country. It is also meant to foster unity in diversity among the various ethnic groups and cultures that constitutes the Catholic Church in Nigeria. 

The four-day festival will begin with an opening Mass, to be presided over by the President of the Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama. The celebration will feature Arts Exhibition, Drama, Dance and paper presentations. The exhibition will feature a display of curated art works, while the dance and drama presentations will focus on typical rites of Nigerian traditional marriage ceremonies. Papers will be presented on “Fetish Conducts and Beliefs, the Challenges of Inculturation in Nigeria and Fidelity in Christian Marriage: the Contemporary Nigerian Experience”.

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