Pope Francis and Mission Nowadays

Pope Brazil visitChers confrères,
Le Père Julien Cormier me demande de vous faire parvenir un texte du Pape François qui nous aidera à réfléchir sur la mission, notre mission et la vie de l’Église.
Vous trouverez ce texte en pièce jointe (en français et en anglais). 
Merci !
Marc Beaudry, M.Afr
Le pape François et la mission aujourd’hui
“Although Pope Francis was speaking about the situation in Latin America, Catholics in other parts of the world may well find much of what Francis had to say recognizable in their contexts, too.”
A. Introduction de Julien Cormier : Le pape, la mission et les M.Afr (en français)
B. Présentation (in English) de John Allen du National Catholic Reporter
C. Présentation (en français) d’Anita Bourdin, Agence Zenit
D. Discours du Pape aux évêques du CELAM à Rio (en français)
E. Address from the Pope to the CELAM Bishops in Rio (in English)
pope_francis_brazil.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxAddress of Pope Francis to Ambassadors on the world of finance and economics – 16th May 2013

Priestly Ordination of Simeon Kalore M.Afr

simon_kalore003 - Copie_modifié-2Saturday 20th July 2013
Dear brothers,
We have just coming back from the ordination of Simeon Kalore by Right Rev. Mgr Woldeghorgis Matheos, bishop of Hosana Vicariate in Ethiopia. Abune Weldegiorgis Matheos ordained him on 20th of July and his thanksgiving mass was on the following day. The ordination day was not as full as was Simeon thanksgiving mass. Though all his brothers and sisters have converted to Evangelical church, we had a beautiful celebration with all of them. So it was an ecumenical celebration. We were five confreres, students and the FROMA (friends of the missionaries of Africa) who accompanied him from Tigray. Despite the fact that it is rainy season, the Lord of rain protected us from disruption. We had beautiful weather and it was only the day we were leaving Taza that we got a shower that lasted till 10am. Indeed the Lord provided us with all the reason to celebrate our brothers’ priestly ministry. Now we need to continue accompanying him differently.
Bonaventure Mashata, M.Afr
Delegate Superior Ethiopia- Proche-Orient

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 30 juillet 2013

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :
Dans la rubrique « Diverses nouvelles du Maghreb» (ou « Dialogue interreligieux »)
Nouvelles du frère Jan Heuft, qui aide les jeunes ouest-africains à retourner vers leur pays d’origine et organise également beaucoup de rencontres avec les musulmans d’Alger.(lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « vu au sud,, vu du sud » :
Un rappel de ce que fut l’histoire du président Guinéen Ahmed Sekou Touré. (Merci à « Voix d’Afrique » du mois de juin 2013) (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Rencontres des familles à Bobo-Dioulasso » : à savoir les familles de nos confrères originaires de le région ouest du Burkina Faso (lire la suite )
« Lettre pastorale des Évêques du Burkina » : cette lettre qui date du 15 juillet dernier s’insurge à propos du fait que bien peu de choses sont faites dans le pays pour aider les plus démunis, alors que la création du Sénat va coûter des milliards à l’Etat. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Réguler le commerce des armes », un article pris dans la revue « Voix d’Afrique »du mois de juin dernier, qui fait état des progrès accomplis dans ce domaine. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « En famille » :
le « dernier numéro de ce bulletin » qui donne des nouvelles aux amis et familles des Missionnaires originaires de la Province d’Afrique de l’Ouest (lire la suite)

So called Zone of Primary Evangelization!

The first missionaries of Africa arrived in South Africa in 1972 in view of ministering to Malawian mineworkers who needed pastoral and spiritual care. Over time, our missionary vision developed into parishes and a formation house in theology.
I consider myself working in a zone of primary evangelization. Many friends of mine think that I am sent to people who do not know Jesus yet, thus to people whose beliefs do not reflect Christian faith or in the midst of non-Christian believers. To make clear, I am sent amongst people who, in large majority, are Christian believers.
Those Christians belong to many hundreds of different churches whereby Roman Catholic Christians are a little minority. Even 80 % of our Catholics come from these other Christian Churches. Some of them belonged to one, two or three other churches before discovery the Catholic Church.
Many women become members of our Church by joining the religion of their husband. This is underpinned by cultural rule. Some who feel cheated, disappointed and confused by the leaders of their former Church also decide to join us seeking hope and newness. A good number is helped by friends to find their way to our Church.
Sebastien_Ndrutsomi_02Therefore, it is difficult to assess the knowledge or understanding of the Catholic faith of our followers. It is quite common to see young people coming to join our Church being the only member of their family to do so. I baptize many children without considering the faith and Christian life of their biological parents, but rather the faith of their grand-mothers who belong to our Church. Paradoxically, I am surprised with the pride of some catholic families. Though they may not practice their faith, they strongly affirm that they are Catholics. We also see children who were baptized in our Church going to pray elsewhere. Few old and young men are found in our Church.  Finally, many of our families are made up of single mothers and children. I also see some lapsed members coming back to be reintegrated. Who is supposed to receive Holy Communion and who is not? Only God knows!
Our challenge is to find the proper way to teach the Catholic Faith to Christians who are coming from other Christian doctrines. How do you ensure that the catechesis offered to them is carried throughout the life of a single Catholic member in the midst of other church goers? How can you expect to have catechists and community leaders to remain faithful to the teaching of the Gospel as presented by our Church taking into account their very shallow and mixed knowledge from previous churches? In our parish context, the primary evangelization is foremost a process of teaching and empowering the Catholic little minority in order to be loyal to Jesus Christ through a life of faith, hope and love.
Various seminars are organized for this purpose to enable the members of our Church to deepen their relationship with Christ, gain confidence and a sound sense of belonging. These formation days are strengthened by regular visits of communities and individuals. The aim is to cultivate a pedagogy that allows dialogue through sharing and debate with previous faiths in order to guide it through the clear doctrine of the Catholic Church. We are glad to see that the local Church is following this approach.
This has less to do with going to convert non-Christian believers, but it is positively to preach Jesus by revealing and professing the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ. Primary evangelization becomes a ministry to encounter the members of many Christian churches who want to believe in Jesus Christ, to celebrate and live his Gospel in the way our Church believes, celebrates and lives it. It is an internal dialogue between a Christian with a Catholic Christian. You may better think that the one who wants to embark on a catechetical journey with you is not a full Christian, but you may not change his mind; he knows that he is a Christian.
And what if he repeats: There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all… (Eph.4:5-6)

Sébastien Ndrutsomi, M.Afr

Jones Kawisha

Jones Kawisha 2013I am Jones Kawisha from Kabwe, Zambia. I was ordained priest in 2008 and appointed to the Maghreb province. I am in the community of Tizi Ouzou in Algeria since 2009. Encounter has been my priority and my main apostolate. My experience has been positive and rich. In September this year, I will be going to Paris to study Theology of Religions in order to have a broader understanding of different religions to enrich my encounter apostolate. I am currently in Zambia for my holiday.

Speech on the human trafficking and forced labour choral competition

A pre-UNWTO event awareness raising on human trafficking and forced labour in Livingstone, southern province of Zambia
Livingstone, 20th July 2013
Speech by Pastor Francis Chivuta, National Coordinator, National Freedom Network – ZAMBIA (NFN)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is an honor to be here amongst you today to speak on such a delicate issue as Human Trafficking and Forced labour. I would also like to thank the St Andrews Anglican Church of Livingstone through Father Emmanuel Chikoya, the Coordinator of this Programme for inviting me to be the guest of honor and give a key note speech in such an esteemed setting.
Human Trafficking

Of all the global resources, human life is the most significant. The bible in Gen 1:27 say “so God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female” This shows how valuable we human beings are special in the eyes of the creator. No diamond can mine itself and no gold has the capacity to be refined without manpower; without human life, all the weapons, food and oil in the world would mean nothing. READ MORE

When Charity Kills

Jacek RakowskiBy Jacek Rakowdki, M.Afr
Published in the Saturday Post, Saturday 27 July 2013

Most people remember very well a moment or an episode in their lives, which was a turning point. (…) It happened (to me) 10 years ago. I had just arrived in the country, form my native Poland, to continue my training with the Missionaries of Africa in Kasama. I was in Cairo Road, looking for an Internet Café from where I could call my family to tell them I had arrived safely. I found one but at the door, lying on the pavement, there was a child. The only way for me to enter into the shop would have been to step over his body. But I couldn’t. I froze and I moved to the other side of the street and went back home. That night the vision of that boy came back to haunt me time and again. P1090119On the following morning, I went back to the shop and the child was awake, standing and begging. Unable to communicate, I just took him by the hand, led him to a fast food and bought him something to eat.

Today I would not encourage anyone to do that but that’s what happened to me on that fateful encounter which threw open a door on a world I only knew through readings and movies.


Death of Françoise Godinot, mother of our confrere Jean-Louis Godinot

Jean-Louis GodinotThe Mother of Jean-Louis Godinot, Françoise, died at the age of 91 on the 26th July in the morning. She will be buried next to her husband, Jean Godinot, leaving behind seven children. She was a catechist for many years at home. She also visited Zambia three times with her husband and three times alone. She knew many Missionaries of Africa, some are still alive, and quite a few people of Kasamba. The burial will take place on Tuesday the 30th July. Jean-Louis is flying tonight the 27th July and will be back to Zambia on the 6th August.

Let us pray for her.

Pastoral visitation within Lumimba Parish

Our visit to the outstations during the dry season normally begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday. Besides visiting families, we pray with the sick, hear pastoral issues and give various courses to catechumens and Christian leaders.

Zambia Wildlife Authority logoIn this Year of Faith, we are also adding activities such as sports challenging even Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) camps. Moreover, we pay a visit to Chiefs or join in community funerals. At times, we sing and chat in the evenings around fire. The youth usually prepare songs for Sunday celebrations from Friday till Sunday and camp at the outstation.

Phelim Malumo in Lumimba 02During the rainy season, most of these places are unreachable. We hibernate for about six months going only to a few places around the Parish.

By Phelim Malumo M.Afr

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Kambwiri : the first Catholic Mission in Chipata Diocese in 1904

Kambwiri 07 - Copie_modifié-1Two weeks ago, I visited Kambwiri (today Chasera) in one of our outstations to see how it looks like.  It was the first mission of the White Fathers in the diocese. I asked Mr Kezyius Phiri, the vice chairperson of Chasera, to accompany me. From about 60km from Lumimba Parish or 2km from the new church of Chasera, it was on this rarely visited spot that the Diocese celebrated its centenary in 2004. A stone was laid as a remembrance. I took a few minutes of prayer and silence to thank for the great men of faith and hope who started this mission in 1904, though they had to close it and leave the valley barely seven months later. This is part of our history connecting us to our ancestors in faith. More about Kambwiri mission can be read in the report of Luangwa Valley written by Fr. Bernhard Udlehoven in 2006. This is an historical place to preserve for future generations.

By Phelim Malumo, M.Afr

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Interview with Jan Dworkin

Jan Dworkin 02Jan DworkinJan invites us to be aware of our rank and power in relationships. She differentiates social rank from spiritual rank. She also helps us to understand how our sense of identity can enslave us. She says that “rejected parts of ourselves become enslaved by one’s identity. The identity itself behaves like a slaveholder.”  Finally she encourages us to expand our sense of identity when saying that “in Process Work, we embrace the very basic idea that “the other is you”. Everything that we see outside of ourselves, everything that we read about in a newspaper, everything that we are disturbed by in the community is an aspect of ourselves. The entire world lives within us.” READ MORE

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Missio Inter-Gentes: Challenges and Opportunities

Catholic Missiologists logoFrom July 15 to 21, 2013, some 40 women and men from every continent gathered together in Nairobi, Kenya—at Dimesse House of Spirituality and The Catholic University of Eastern Africa—to attend the Fifth International Conference and General Assembly of the International Association of Catholic Missiologists on the theme, “Missio Inter-Gentes: Challenges and Opportunities.”  This was the first time IACM has met on the continent of Africa and Madagascar. We have been blessed by our gracious hosts, welcomed by the local Archdiocese of Nairobi. As we heard on the first day, there is no word for stranger in Africa, once you enter a house you a member of that house – and we have certainly felt that during our time here. Indeed, we have received a comprehensive African welcome from so many people from different parts of the Continent. We have experienced meaningful and beautiful morning prayer and worship. We have greatly enjoyed the energy and vitality of African worship – where theology is truly Mission Inter Gentessung and danced, where youth and women are making such a significant contribution to liturgical life. We have experienced an abundance of food, which was graciously served. We have enjoyed each other’s company, including our music and songs. We have experienced inspiring and stimulating presentations and reflections as well as excursions to sites that gave us better insight into life in Nairobi, and by extension, into Africa – even the traffic and roads became part of this reflection and facilitated even more conversations! We have been served by the excellent organization of the IACM Executive led by President, Rev Dr Andrew Gimenez Recepcion. These have been days which have been truly memorable. We have been blessed to be invited to take off our shoes and walk on the holy ground of Africa. READ MORE

Slavery: not just a thing of the past

Pierre_LafollieBy Pierre Lafollie M.Afr
Published in the Saturday Post, Saturday 20 July 2013

When the White Fathers arrived in the north of Zambia in 1891 they discovered that the slave trade was still thriving in spite of having been abolished by many countries. Their reports, together with other witnesses coming from different parts of Africa, prompted their founder, Cardinal Charles Lavigerie, to launch an antislavery campaign whose 125th anniversary is being celebrated this year. But the fight is far from over since slavery is still with us.

P1090118The White Fathers in Northern Zambia
When Brazil abolished slavery in 1888, it was the last Western country to do so. Thus, when the first Missionaries of Africa (popularly known as the White Fathers) settled in July 1891 at Mambwe Mwela, along today’s Tanzania – Zambia border, the Western slave trade had ended since its market, essentially across the Atlantic, had disappeared and the slaves had already been freed. In this corner of Africa though, the missionaries arrived in a country devastated by a still active campaign of slave raiding. READ MORE

Ethiopian Becomes Strategic Partner in New Malawi Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines LogoEthiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has become the strategic partner of the new Malawian Air with 49% equity shareholding. The remaining 51% of the shares will be held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors.

The shareholder agreement for Malawi Airlines was signed between H.E. Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Government of the Republic of Malawi and Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian in Lilongwe on Thursday, 11 July 2013.

This new partnership with Malawi Airlines is part of Ethiopian Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of setting up multiple hubs in Africa. Thru this strategic partnership with Malawian Air, Lilongwe will become Ethiopian third hub on the continent after its main hub in Addis Ababa and its West Africa in Lomé. READ MORE

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 15 juillet 2013

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :
– Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux »
et à l’occasion du mois du Ramadan qui a commencé il y a une semaine
« Le début du ramadan », avec la lettre que le Père Claude Rault, évêque du Sahara, a écrit à ses frères musulmans à cette occasion, ainsi qu’un rappel de ce qu’est ce mois de jeûne (lire la suite)
« Entre la Croix et le Croissant », le témoignage de notre confrère Adrien Mamadou Sawadogo, d’origine musulmane, devenu chrétien, puis missionnaire et prêtre (lire la suite)
« Dialogue et fondamentalisme », un article écrit par Joseph Clochard, une réflexion pour évaluer les possibilités du dialogue dans des conditions qui sont devenues parfois très difficiles du fait de la radicalisation de certains. (lire la suite)
– Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Deux ordinations de M.Afr au Burkina» : à savoir celles de nos confrères Charles Nikiema à Boulsa et Boris Yabre à Manga. (lire la suite)
« Le lien avec la Province d’Afrique Australe », le dernier message reçu, qui nous partage le vécu de cette Province des Missionnaires d’Afrique, qui comporte la Zambie, le Mozambique, la Malawi et l’Afrique du Sud. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Le Pape en visite à Lampedusa », son homélie prononcée sur cette île entre la Tunisie et l’Italie, pour montrer combien le sort des migrants le préoccupe. (lire la suite)

Belias Kanduna RIP

Dear All,
Joseph_MakokaI have just received the sad news that Joseph Makoka‘s grandfather, Belias Kanduna, died last night.  He passed away in Dedza Hospital after a short illness.
The burial and funeral Mass will take place today (18th July) at 12:00 noon at Dedza Sawmill. May Belias’ soul rest in peace.
Please keep Belias, Joseph, who is currently on home leave in Malawi, and his family in your prayers.

Bill Turnbull, Malawi Delegate Superior.

La Radio Chrétienne Francophone R.C.F. Août 2013

Rencontrer l’Afrique – RCF Bruxelles : FM 107.6 sous la direction du P. Jan Lenssen M.Afr en collaboration avec l’équipe du Centre Amani, Pastorale Africaine.
Horaire des émissions :
Mercredi : 19h30 – Jeudi : 4h30  et  16h00 – Samedi :  19h30 – Dimanche: 17h00
– Info : info@rcfbruxelles.be
RCF Bruxelles– Pour écouter RCF Bruxelles partout dans le monde, a l’heure même de l’émission: www.rcfbruxelles.be
Vous pouvez réécouter les émissions de la semaine dernière en «podcast» sur le site de RCF: 
Les prochaines Émissions : mois d’Aout 2013
07.08.2013 : P. Jean Pierre Bondue M.Afr. Un pays dans la tourmente : le Mali. Écartelé par l’opposition entre des groupements musulmans, le pays est ballotté entre les défis de ceux qui y trouvent un terrain du combat de l’avenir,  avec des options soit disant religieuses. Un regard de discernement et de solidarité.
14.08.2013 : Les joies et les peines des personnes âgées parmi nous, surtout ceux issues de l’immigration Africaine. Immigrés provisoires ils ont du se décider à rester comme hôte permanent dans une société qui n’est jamais devenue la leur. Les difficultés des seniors de trouver accueil, dans leur famille traditionnelle – qui a dû s’adapter au rythme et aux exigences modernes – ou dans les services publiques et les maisons d’accueil des personnes âgées en Belgique, si « étrangères » dans leur culture traditionnelle.
21.08.2013 : Mgr Banga, Évêque de Buta, Vice-Président de la Conférence des Évêques de l’Église du Congo. L’Église Catholique dans le cadre du Congo RDC., au-delà des difficultés politiques.
28.08.2013 : P. W. Neven et Mgr W. Ngumbi, Évêque de Kindu RDC. La campagne anti-esclavagiste du Cardinal Lavigerie à la fin du XIX siècle, et les combats de justice actuels en Afrique : Au risque d’un esclavage qui fait peau neuve !

JCTR urges government to tackle escalating cost of food

JCTR LusakaPress Release, 9th July 2013

JCTR urges government to tackle escalating cost of food

In May 2013, government sequentially scrapped off fuel and maize subsidies contending that the measure would free resources for infrastructure development and poverty reduction among others. This change in subsidies has generated a debate with various actors voicing varying views.

At household level, the effects of the subsidies removal on prices of basic commodities are still being felt two months afterwards. According to Daniel Mutale, Social conditions programme manager, ‘‘the effects of removal of subsidies on basic food items are deepening.’’ This calls for an urgent response to address the rising food costs. READ MORE


Be aware of human trafficking during UNWTO – UNICEF Expert

Livingstone, July 14 2013
unicef-logo.jpgUNICEF Child Protection Officer Edwin Mumba says it is disappointing that most Zambians remain ignorant on the dangers and gravity Human Trafficking posses on society. And a representative from Justice and Peace, Sister Lynette Rodrigues, says there was great demand for commercial sex nowadays which many vulnerable women were ready to engage in regardless of the consequences. Mr. Mumba has noted with concern that due to poverty and vulnerability of various groups, it was easy for unscrupulous individuals to traffic unsuspecting citizens within and outside Zambia.
UNWTOHe for this reason cautioned Livingstone residents to be wary of such individuals ahead of the The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly to be co-hosted between Zambia and Zimbabwe. “These unscrupulous people would use the UNWTO summit it as an opportunity to traffic unsuspecting Zambians,” he said.
Lusaka_VoiceZambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reports that UNICEF Child Protection Officer said this today during a stakeholder’s workshop on Human Trafficking ahead of the UNWTO General Assembly, organized by the Catholic Diocese of Livingstone. He said the tourist capital would have an influx of people from different parts of the world during UNWTO General Assembly and as such, precautions had to be taken to protect Zambians, especially children and the youths, from being trafficked.
Mr. Mumba stated that human trafficking was a major challenge for the country as Zambia was a source, transit and destination for human trafficking victims. “Many of you may not be aware but men, women and children are trafficked to, through and within Zambia,” he said.
He however, commended government for its response to the vice such as formulation of the Anti-Trafficking Act Number 11 of 2008 and the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Human Trafficking. Mr. Mumba emphasized the need to prevent human trafficking as it was almost impossible to retrieve people once they were trafficked due to weaknesses in the country’s legal system.
Meanwhile, a representative from Justice and Peace, Sister Lynette Rodrigues, says there was great demand for commercial sex nowadays which many vulnerable women were ready to engage in regardless of the consequences. “There is great demand for commercial sex and people are ready to supply regardless of the consequences…that is the reality of our world,” she said.
Sister Lynette lack of statistics underplayed the extent of human trafficking in Zambia. Sr. Rodrigues cited porous borders, poor implementation of laws and the country’s economic status as factors that hindered the fight against human trafficking.