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 Bible Camp 2022
26 Apr 2022

The annual Arnoldus Bible Camp for Missionary Childhood Association in SVD parishes was held from 18th – 21st April 2022 at Ilizwi Biblical Centre, Zimbabwe after a break of two years.

The celebration of the 40th anniversary of Verbum Bible Publishing House.
11 Feb 2022

On 1 January 1982, the Verbum Bible publishing house was founded with the project of publishing the Bible in Lingala, one of the most widely spoken languages in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in its capital, Kinshasa, and in the north-west of the country. In 2022, it celebrates 40 years of existence and service, with several Bibles published in French, English and several local African and especially Congolese languages.

Visit of the CBF Secretary General in Kinshasa
10 Feb 2022

Responding to the invitation to participate in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Verbum Bible, the General Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Federation held a working visit in the DR Congo.