SAP new appointments

Dear Confreres,
Be informed that the Superior General has made the following appointments in the SAP.
Francis_Bomansaan_02Francis Bomasaan will be the Superior at Lua-Luo from September 2013. Paul Johnston is going to join the formation team in the Philippines.
Patrick Bataille will move to Bobo-Dioulasso SFC from the next intake.
Leonard Hategekimana and Justin Sebakunzi have been appointed to the Lua-Luo SFC.
Further, the Superior General has appointed Deogratius Ngowi to Merrivale as from February 2014 as formator and bursar.
We welcome them to the province and wish the others a good exit. To all we wish them a good ministry.
God bless.
Christopher Chileshe, SAP Provincial

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 11 mai 2013

Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’OuestDans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Une médaille pour les M.Afr.», la reconnaissance de l’Eglise Burkinabè lors d’une célébration à Koupèla, à l’occasion du 112ème anniversaire de la création de la première école. (lire la suite)
« Ressourcement pour la mission », une brève description de la première session donnée par le Père Bernard Ugeux pour 19 missionnaires de la Province d’Afrique de l’Ouest. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix» :
« Tensions et menaces à Gao au Nord-Mali », le témoignage de notre confrère Jean Jacques Mukanga, à partir de son expérience dans cette région de notre Province. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Un savon contre le paludisme » : comment deux étudiants, un Burkinabè et un Burundais, ont « inventé » un savon qui repousse les moustiques. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Jésus, l’homme de la rencontre », la présentation du livre de Mgr Claude Rault, évêque de Ghardaia, qui relie l’évangile de Jean dans cette perspective de dialogue. (lire la suite)

Updates from Mozambique

Let us break the chains 01Planning the Antislavery Campaign in Mozambique
All the confreres working in Mozambique met in Nazaré (Beira) on March 18-25th to take stock of the situation and plan for the future, including what to do concerning the Antislavery Campaign in our Sector.
Claudio Zuccala was with us as part of his one-month-long visit to Mozambique and he was chosen as the moderator. He shared with us ideas, suggestions, material and some of the initiatives taken in the SAP, whereupon the Sector proceeded to sketch out its own plan.  
Among various events which were suggested, we plan events in the different parishes where we work (Sussundenga, Dombe, possibly the future Parish in Tete and the Centre of Nazaré) and a Social Week in Nazaré with conferences, debates a photographic exhibition. Dates were put forward (September) and tasks were allotted.
Social Week
The archdiocesan Centre on the outskirts of Beira was also the venue for a conference organized by the Mozambican Conference of Religious Men and Women (CIRM-CONFEREMO).  
Fifty three people took part, representing 40 Institutes. Four of us were also present: Hugh Seenan, Timothée Bationo, Richard Ujwigowa and Florent Sawadogo.
It started on April 23rd and the main topics were: The Land issue (the question of ownership and the impact of mega-projects which cause, among others, land grabbing and summary evictions), Human Trafficking and Violence against girls.
It is worth mentioning that though the Government of Mozambique does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, all the same it is making significant efforts to do so. Mozambique demonstrated an increased commitment to combating trafficking in 2008, particularly through the enactment of comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation, the creation of an anti-trafficking police unit, and the conviction and sentencing of two child traffickers.
The Archbishop of Beira, Mgr. Claudio Dalla Zuanna (Italian, 54, of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) opened the Social Week explaining the role of the Centre and the necessity of holding meetings of this kind. He made it clear that Religious Men and Women in Mozambique should be the critical conscience of the local Church and of society at large.
Seven different speakers helped the participants to obtain a clearer vision and a deeper knowledge of the issues at stake and the conference ended on April 25th with a solemn declaration of commitment and engagement by CIRM-CONFEREMO in the three areas and the adoption of a plan of action for the future.
By Florent Sawadogo (translation and adaptation by Claudio Zuccala)

If interested in getting all the documentation available (in Portuguese) concerning the Social Week, please contact Claudio Zuccala through this blog or directly at

Radio Tigabane: pastoral and social programmes for northern Malawi

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Aid to the Church in Need is an international charity of and for the Catholic Church. We give a voice and render relief to Catholics persecuted and oppressed for their Faith. We firmly believe the world needs a living Faith in God. Through our work we nurture a family of benefactors and project partners united in prayer and solidarity.
Robert Lalonde, Head of information, Aid to the Church in Need
Radio Tigabane: pastoral and social programmes for northern MalawiACN 2
by Reinhard Backes, Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) International / Amanda Bridget Griffin, Canada
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. On the United Nations Development Programme’s 2011 human development index, this south-east African state ranks 171 out of 187. In addition Malawi is one of Africa’s most densely populated countries. More than 80 per cent of Malawians are Christians, including about one quarter Catholics. According to statistics the proportion of Muslims is 13 per cent.
The diocese of Mzuzu in northern Malawi is the fastest growing Catholic diocese in the country, according to its own figures. A letter from the diocese to the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” states: “Every year more than 6,000 adults are taken into the Catholic Church. Most are converts from other Christian denominations.” To reach as many of the faithful as possible, the diocese maintains its own broadcasting station, “Radio Tigabane”. The name comes from the local Tumbuka language and means “share”.
The programmes on “Radio Tigabane” are, according to the director, Father Eugene W. Ngoma, geared to the needs of the population in this rural area: “Alongside the weekly religious programmes – broadcast of the Sunday mass, prayers and the rosary – we offer programmes on health, education, justice and peace as well as on socio-economic development. In doing this we are adhering to an ecumenical principle because our listeners include not only Catholics, but also Christians of other denominations and Muslims.”
And according to Father Ngoma other beneficiaries are the Diocesan Commissions for Education, Development, Health, Justice and Peace as well as Pastoral Work, who address primarily socially disadvantaged groups through a wide range of initiatives.