Announcing the Death of Cardinal Mazombwe in Zambia

ZEC logomedado-mazombwe-zambia-reportsFraternal greetings come your way from the Catholic Secretariat in Lusaka.

It is indeed with a great sense of sadness that I now write to officially inform you that His Eminence, Medardo Joseph Cardinal Mazombwe, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lusaka, passed away around 17:00hrs on Thursday 29th August 2013. READ MORE

Profile of Cardinal Joseph Mazombwe

30 August 2013, Friday
Mourners gather at Cathedral of the Child Jesus, Pope Square Lusaka
19.00 hours:  Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
31 August 2013 Saturday:
19.00 hours:  Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
1 September 2013 Sunday: 
Morning:  Mass in various parishes
19.00 hours:  Prayers, Vespers, Rosary at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
2 September 2013 Monday: 
14:30 hours onwards: Body lies in State at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
19:00 hours:  Vigil Mass; Body lies in Church over night; Body Viewing at Cathedral of the Child Jesus
3 September 2013 Tuesday:
09:00 hours: Requiem Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus. Burial at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus. (N.B. There will be no body viewing after the Requiem Mass)
Updates on the 31st August 2013
May I share a personal word of strong memory of the goodness of Cardinal Mazombwe’s leadership and friendship. 
He was a great pastoral leader very much interested and involved in social justice work. He knew the social teaching of the Church and so often found opportunities to share that message with appropriate audiences. 
Peter Henriot 04.pngIn particular I remember two occasions when he spoke for the cancellation of Zambia’s debt during the Jubilee campaign. The first was at the First African Synod, Rome 1994. He made an impassioned call – factual, analytical and scriptural – of the need for cancelling debt as part of the Jubilee movement. He told me afterwards that he was moved by the fact that his intervention received a unique and prolonged ovation! The second was during a 1998 meeting in the USA where the President of the World Bank and the Director of the IMF were present, along with high Government officials and non-governmental representatives. His presentation of the debt issue as a moral challenge moved the audience and became a reference for subsequent Jubilee calls by the Bishops Conference of the United States of America. I know that this influenced decisions to cancel debt.
The very fine book of Zambian Bishops’ social letters, edited by Fr Joe Komakoma, contains so many rich teachings influenced over key years by Cardinal Mazombwe. His memory will continue to inspire the justice mission of the Zambian Church, indeed the wider African Church, in the years to come.
Personally, I was so happy to visit the Cardinal at Christmas time last year, where he very kindly recalled working with us on many occasions at the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection. 
I wish I could be there at the Cathedral of the Holy Child next Tuesday for the Requiem Mass – but I will surely be there in spirit!
 Peace of Christ.
Peter J. Henriot, S.J.  
Director of Development, Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, Kasungu, Malawi 
Funeral Mass at the Cathedral of  the Child Jesus, Pope Square Grounds, Lusaka, Zambia presided by Cardinal J. Njue of Kenya.

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Opening procession funeral Mass of Cardinal Mazombwe on the 3rd September 2013 by a traditional Bemba choir at The Cathedral of the Child Jesus, Pope Square Grounds, Lusaka, Zambia
Watch the following video:
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Procesja rozpoczynającą mszę pogrzebową pamięci kard. Medardo Mazombwe, w wykonaniu tradycyjnego chóru Bemba, w katedrze Dzieciątka Jezus na Placu Papieskim w Lusace.
Kard. Medardo Joseph Mazombwe zmarł 29 sierpnia 2013 r. Był pierwszym pochodzącym z Zambii członkiem Kolegium Kardynalskiego. Od dłuższego czasu zmagał się z chorobą nowotworową. Był znany ze swego wielkiego zaangażowania w sprawy społeczne nie tylko swej ojczyzny, ale całej Afryki. Link sent by Krzysztof Błażyca

Interview with Joanne Lauterjung Kelly

Joanne Lauterjung Kelly 00Welcome to this new interview with Joanne Lauterjung Kelly. We explore enslavement as fear of change. She invites us to be aware on how situations of enslavement affects our capacity to decide and to act. She shares with us insights and skills so to engage in the demanding task of building a just and peaceful world. She says: “At the core of slavery is the dehumanization of other human beings and a denial of our interconnectedness.”

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Death of Mrs Prisca Chilando Chilala, sister-in-law of Remmy Kambole, M.Afr

Remmy Kambole_02Dear Confreres,
This is to let you know that the brother of our confrere Remmy Kambole, in mission in Mali, lost his wife Prisca Chilando yesterday in Chilala, Lusaka. His brother’s name is Brian Kambole. Mrs Kambole has left behind three children. Burial will be on Saturday morning in Lusaka.
Let us pray for Mrs Kambole. May her soul rest in the peace of the Lord. Let us also pray for the family she has left behind. 
United in prayer.
Mwanza Didasio,M.Afr
Updates – Satruday August 31, 2013

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

RCF BruxellesSous la direction de Jan Lenssen, M.Afr en collaboration avec l’équipe du Centre Amani, Pastorale Africaine.
Horaire des émissions
Mercredi :  à 19h30 – Jeudi : à 4h30  et à 16h00
Samedi:  à 19h30 – Dimanche: à 17h00
Pour écouter RCF Bruxelles partout dans le monde, à l’heure même de l’émission:
Vous pouvez réécouter les émissions de la semaine dernière en «podcast» sur le site de RCF:
Les prochaines Émissions : mois de septembre 2013                            
04.09.2013 (sem. 36-13). Jean-Michel Laurent M.Afr
Une jeunesse généreuse, prête à s’engager: comment les accompagner et les inviter au don de leur vie au service de leurs frères. L’expérience d’éducation dans les séminaires en Afrique. Témoignage enthousiaste du P. Jean-Michel Laurent M.Afr, en charge du programme de formation dans les séminaires des Missionnaires d’Afrique.
11.09.2013 (sem. 37-13). Iréné Jacob M.Afr
L’apprentissage de la langue locale Africaine, « renaitre » dans une autre culture, dans le cœur même d’un peuple, une vraie « incarnation »! Expérience exigeante, mais enrichissante, en préparation de l’annonce et de l’écoute solidaire de la Parole Nouvelle. Le vécu concret, première exigence missionnaire. Le P. Iréné Jacob M.Afr au Rwanda.
18.09.2013 (sem. 38-13). Reprise (sem. 47-12) Mgr Fitzgerald, M.Afr Nonce Apostolique.
Nonce Apostolique dans un pays à majorité Musulmane, une expérience missionnaire.  Témoignage venant d’un pays en pleine ébullition, l’Égypte. Un entretien éclairant avec le Nonce Apostolique retraité.
25.09.2013 (sem. 39-13). M. le Christelle Fataki
Le récit de la rencontre des jeunes à Rio, au Brésil ; rencontrer le Pape. Exaltant ! Un vécu qui  se traduit dans la vie des jeunes qui étaient « de la partie » : « Être croyant en tant que jeune ». Le témoignage de Christelle Fataki, membre de la délégation Belge à la Rencontre Internationale des jeunes au Brésil.

Pope appoints Ziyaye archbishop of Lilongwe, transferred from Blantyre

ZiyayeBy Wanga Gwede, Nyasa Times July 3, 2013   
Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has appointed His Grace Tarcisius Gervasio Ziyaye as archbishop of Lilongwe Diocese in Malawi’s capital. According to the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican embassy) in Lilongwe, Ziyaye has since been transferred from Archiepiscopal See of Blantyre.
Rémi Ste-MarieHe succeeds Archbishop Remi Joseph Gustave Sainte-Marie, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
Episcopal Conference of Malawi deputy secretary general Father Emmanuel Chimombo said yesterday that there was no immediate replacement for Ziyaye in Blantyre Archdiocese which will continue operating under Auxiliary Bishop Montfort Sitima.
Archbishop Ziyaye, aged 60, was named an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Dedza by the late Pope John Paul II on November 26, 1991. He was consecrated and installed as Auxiliary Bishop on May 23, 1992.
Ziyaye was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lilongwe, Malawi by Pope John Paul II on May 4, 1993. He succeeded as Bishop of Lilongwe on November 11, 1994.
AMECEA LOGOIn 2000, he became the President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. He was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Blantyre by Pope John Paul II on January 23, 2001.
Ziyaye became the President of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (A.M.E.C.E.A.) in July 2008. Catholic is an influential church in Malawi.

Interview with Marina Amalia Zuccala

Marina Zuccala 06Marina Amalia Zuccala is related to our confrere Claudio Zuccala. She is the daughter of his cousin. She was thinking already to come to Africa last year but did not know where to go. She took time to identify which kind of journey she wanted to do and, by chance, met Father Claudio who spoke to her about Zambia and Malawi. Having little money but plenty of time, she wanted to make good use of it. Travelling just for pleasure was not her concern. How to be useful? Can she be helpful? Which competence does she needs? All those questions were in her mind. Finally, she overcame her doubts and confidently came to Zambia.
Her few weeks experience in the Home of Hope project in Lusaka shown her that what really matter is goodwill and friendliness. Her discovery is quite simple; street boys are essentially boys like any other boys in the world. They like to play and learn.
Marina spent only few weeks with the street boys of Lusaka and her life has already changed for the better. She wanted to give something of herself and ended up gaining most. “Many people of my age, she said, are looking for holidays in nice tourist resorts but I want to discover what life is really all about behind the usual cliché of national parks and poverty as portrayed in Western media. I have discovered that I am warmly welcome as a foreigner, which is not the case in my country in Italy where racism is prevalent. It is not easy to describe it but I feel that I am already a new person. Simply, I realise that, as human beings, we are all the same either in Europe or in Africa. I feel good to be here.”
Marina is right now in Malawi for new discoveries. More precisely, she is in Balaka known to host many projects of the Italian Montfort Missionaries and other religious women Congregations.
We hope to hear again from her before she starts her studies back to Italy.

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Visit of Father Sylvain Musangu Betu in Lusaka

Sylvain Musangu 06On the 24th and 25th August, Woodlands community was privileged to welcome Father Sylvain Musangu Betu, newly ordained priest, who paid a visit accompanied with this sister Huguette Ngodia and brother-in-law Jean-Claude Mayeba, all of them from DRCongo. Even though they spent only two days in Lusaka, they had a chance to pray at Kabwata church and see the Home of Hope project at St. Lawrence Parish.
Father Musangu made his oath as a Missionary of Africa on the 7th December 2012 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was ordained deacon the following day by Bishop Salomon Lezutie of Yopougon Diocese. Then, he was ordained priest on the 20th July 2013 by the Archbishop of Lubumbashi, Mgr Jean-Pierre Tafunga, at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral.
Father Musangu is appointed to Mali where he made is first pastoral experience as a student. We wish him good mission and happiness in his new appointment.
“Basi, nendeni mkafanye mataifa yote kuwa wafuasi mkiwabatiza kwa jina la Baba, na la Mwana, na la Roho Mtakatifu” (Mateo 28,19)

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My stay in Lusaka – Emmanuel Imani Mwanga Mwanga

Emmanuel Imani Mwanga Mwanga _modifié-1I am Imani Mwanga Mwanga Emmanuel. I was born on 25th December 1983 in DRCongo and I am the sixth of eight children; five girls and two boys (one of my old sister died in 2009). I received my primary and secondary education in a Protestant school.
After my secondary school, I followed a formation in mechanical. Then, I went to Goma for the beginning of my formation with the Missionaries of Africa Society. After a year in Goma, I went in Bukavu for three years for Philosophy which I completed in 2007.
In 2008, I did my Spiritual Year in Burkina Faso followed by my Pastoral experience in Mali (Kayes Diocese, Sagabari Parish) until 2010.
Since 2010, I am doing my Theology and stay at the Small Group of formation in Kinshasa. I made my oath on the 3rd May 2013 and I became deacon on 26th May 2013. I was happy to come to Zambia for my holydays after my third year of Theology. I have been welcomed by Kabwata Good Shepherd community in Lusaka. I must say that I spent a very nice time there. My aim was to better know the Zambian people and improve my knowledge of English.
Father Vitalis Dero introduced the church congregation saying: “Emmanuel is here to learn English not Nyanja or Bemba. Please, force him to speak English”. My experience in Kabwata was very beneficial. I could meet many children, participate in youth and vocation groups as well joining the Parish Council Team meetings. I could also visit prisoners and sick people. For mass, I could help a bit and learn more about the celebration of baptism. I am very happy with my stay in Lusaka. Now, time has come to go back to DRCongo and finalise my fourth year of theology.
Thanks to the Provincial, Father Christopher Chileshe, to SAP Province and especially Kabwata Good Shepherd community for welcoming me so nicely.
May God bless you and all your numerous pastoral activities!
Thank you very much.
Imani Mwanga Mwanga Emmanuel, M.Afr
Small Group of Formation in Kinshasa

Pope Calls for Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

CISA 25 yearsVatican City, Vatican – CISA N0 074 – August 23, 2013
Vatican experts will gather this coming November with the aim of better tackling the growing human trafficking scourge after a request made by Pope Francis.
“We must be grateful to Pope Francis for having identified one of the most important social dramas of our time and that he has had enough trust in our Catholic institutions to ask us to arrange this working group,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
The bishop’s academy along with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations will meet to discuss a Vatican action plan to help combat what is often referred to as the modern slave trade.
“Trafficking in human beings is a terrible offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights,” Bishop Sánchez Sorondo told Vatican Radio on August 22. “In this century, it acts as a catalyst in the creation of criminal assets.”
The group will meet at the Vatican City’s Casina Pio IV, home of both the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Bishop Sánchez Sorondo observed that the United Nations has begun to be aware of this growing crime “only in 2000,” together with the effects of globalization.
“The alarming increase in the trade in human beings is one of the pressing economic, social and political risks associated with the process of globalization,” he said. “It’s a serious threat to the security of individual nations and a question of international justice.”
According to CNA, a 2012 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on human trafficking says around 20.9 million victims are forced into labour globally. Each year, about two million people are victims of sex trafficking, 60 percent of whom are girls. The practice is not limited to poor and underdeveloped areas, but extends to all world regions.

New FENZA Conference on the 7th September 2013

FENZAOur next FENZA Conference will take place on Saturday 7th September 2013.
Venue: Faith and Encounter Centre (FENZA), Bauleni near Mathia Mulumba Catholic Church or Yatsani Radio.
Time: 14:00 to 17:00 hours

Theme: Slaves! They are still among us!

Slavery or enslavement is not just something of the past! Today, millions of men, women and children are trapped in slavery, around the world, including in Zambia.
Yes! Around us, many of our brothers, sisters and children are victims of modern forms of slavery such as: Human Trafficking, Forced Labour, Child Labour, Early and Forced Marriage.
The victims are innumerable! The facts are shocking! But the good news is: some people are already working with the victims to stop these new forms of slavery.
There is still more to be done to fight and stop modern slavery.
Come and get the facts! Let’s us debate the issues and solutions to this human plight. Come and be part of an antislavery campaign.
“I am a human being and I am no stranger to anything affecting humanity. I am a human being and injustice towards other people makes me heartsick. I am a human being and oppression offends my nature. I am a human being and cruelty towards such a great number of my fellow human beings inspires me with nothing but horror.” (Cardinal Lavigerie, Founder of the Missionaries of Africa)
The panellists are activists and victims of modern slavery. We have also invited several of them to be with us.
Your presence and contribution will help in “breaking the chains”.
We hope to see you on Saturday 7th September 2013.
The FENZA Team

Death of Father Johan Heuves in the Netherlands

johan_heuves_modifié-1Father Johan Heuves (30-4-1930) died this morning at 09.30 (17-8-1913) at the age of 83 after a long sickness.
He was a missionary in Malawi, came back home for health reasons (Parkinson), he then worked for two years in the Parish of Lage Mierde in the Netherlands, and then left for St. Charles, Heythuysen, where he lived for 11 years till his death.
On Thursday afternoon 22-8-2013 at 14.30 hours, we will celebrate the Mass of thanksgiving for his life, followed by burial on our M.Afr Cemetery at Heythuysen, St Charles.
Wim Wouters, M.Afr, Sector Superior

25/04/1960        Learning the language; Katete CELA, D. Mzuzu Malawi
13/10/1962        Curate in Nkhamenya, D. Mzuzu
08/09/1963        Curate in Deep Bay (= Chirumba)
09/01/1965        Diocesan Bursar in Mzuzu
30/06/1967        Director Junior Seminary in Rumphi
05/07/1971        Curate in Mzimba
01/01/1973        Diocesan Bursar in Mzuzu, Katoto
01/01/1975        Curate in Katete, D. Mzuzu Malawi
01/01/1976        Diocesan Bursar in Mzuzu, Katoto
28/02/1979        Session-Retreat in Jérusalem
01/01/1980        Regional Councillor
01/01/1982        Curate in Katete, D. Mzuzu Malawi
01/01/1984        Diocesan Bursar ad interim in Mzuzu, Katoto
01/01/1985        Bursar: Junior Seminary Rumphi, D. Mzuzu Malawi
01/12/1988        Lilongwe, Regional House Malawi
22/04/1990        Chaplain Expatriates Msamba, D. Lilongwe Malawi
10/11/1992        Chaplain Expatriates Lilongwe, Regional House Malawi
30/08/1999        Back to the Province Vaassen in the Netherlands
01/12/2000        Ministry Lage Mierde in the Netherlands
01/09/2002        Residence Heythuysen
17-08-2013         In the hands of the Lord, Heythuysen in the Netherlands

Golden jubilee of Msupadzi Catholic Chruch in Chipata

Lundazi 08-2013 01Lundazi Catholic Parish Priest Viatuer Banyangandora (centre) with other clergymen during the celebration of 75 years of the existence of Msupadzi Catholic Church in Chipata on Saturday.
Picture by ZANIS – Daily Mail, Monday, August 19, 2013
On the left, behind Father Banyangandora, is our confrere Joseph McMenamin, M.Afr.
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Catholic Priests led by St Mary’s Junior Seminary Rector Father Osric Banda dancing to the Tanksgiving song during 75 years golden jubilee of Msupadzi Catholic Chruch in Chipata on Saturday.
Picture by Chikondi Phiri – Daily Mail, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Forth from the right, on the queue, is our confrere Father Jean-Luc Gouiller, M.Afr

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition: August 23

logo-wikipedia-free-encyclopediaInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23 of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. That date was chosen by the UNESCO Executive Board’s adoption of resolution 29 C/40 at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998 from the Director-General invited Ministers of Culture to promote the day. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791 on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
UNESCO Member States organize events every year on that date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. As part of the goals of the intercultural UNESCO project, “The Slave Route”, it is an opportunity for collective recognition and focus on the “historic causes, the methods and the consequences” of slavery. Additionally, it sets the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the transatlantic trade in human beings between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in a number of countries, in particular in Haiti (23 August 1998) and Senegal (23 August 1999). A number of cultural events and debates were organized. In 2001 the Mulhouse Textile Museum in France conducted a fabric workshop entitled “Indiennes de Traite” (a type of calico) used as currency in trade for Africans. The International Slavery Museum opened its doors on August 23, 2007 in Liverpool where Slavery Remembrance Day events have been conducted since 2004.
Source: Wikipedia

Chilubi incident, Northern Rhodesia – March 1959

Dear Fr Udelhoven,
Two years ago (almost to the day!) you put me in touch with Fr Richard at the archives of the White Fathers in Rome. I was researching an incident that occurred on Chilubi Island in March 1959.  Fr Richards was able to send me several documents which were exactly what I needed to enable me to progress, and now finish my researches on this event.
I have sent a copy of my text to Fr Richard, and I now enclose a copy for you since you are the “man on the spot”, so to speak!
Perhaps it may find a place in your archives.
With best wishes,
Yours sincerely, Neil Morris
With the permission of the author: FULL TEXT

War_Medal_modifié-1Note: following the incident of Chilubi Island, on the 4th December 1959, Her Majesty the Queen had been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Medal to the Rev. Father Augustin Boumier of the Santa Maria Mission, Chilubi Island.

Note 2: Father Augustin Boumier died at Chilubula in Zambia on the 4th December 1970 at the age of 63. He was from Angers, France.

Zambia: Geoffrey Mwamba Donates K110, 000

Geoffrey MwambaTimesTimes of Zambia Logo of Zambia Newspaper August 14, 2013
By Kaiko Namusa
DEFENCE Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has pledged K110, 000 towards helping the Kabwata Catholic Church women’s group to continue uplifting the living standards of vulnerable groups.
Mr Mwamba said the Kabwata Catholic Women’s League from the Good Shepherd congregation had continued in its endeavours of assisting the less privileged and had, among other projects, assisted the Saint Lawrence Home of Hope. He said the projects being embarked on by the church group required support for them to be fulfilled, hence his decision to contribute to the effort.
Mr Mwamba, who was accompanied by his wife, Chama, joined the women after attending church service for a luncheon where he pledged the financial support, saying that assisting vulnerable groups was Government’s vision. He implored the church to ensure they lived according to the call by Pope Francis to be committed to the call of charity, works and loyalty.
Mr Mwamba said days of relying on handouts by the church were gone and it was up to the church to embark on various fundraising ventures to raise money for their projects. He said with close cooperation with various stakeholders, the women’s group would efficiently and effectively implement their projects.
Parish Priest, Adelarde Munishi, assured that the funds raised from the event would be used for the intended purpose. Father Munishi said it was important for the women’s group to fulfill its objective of helping the vulnerable in society.
Note: the value of 100, 000 kwacha is about 18,500 $

Death of the mother of Belete Fanta Lemma – Ethiopia

Belete_Fanta_LemmaToday at 17 hours, from Ethiopia, Bonaventure Mashata sent us a message telling us that the mother of Father Belete Fanta Lemma has passed away 45 days after the death of his father. This is sad news indeed!

We can imagine how difficult it might be for our beloved friend Belete. Let us pray for him, for his mother and father and the entire family.

Updates, 31st August 2013

Dear confreres,

Indeed I have lost both parents in a very short period of time. I have nothing to say but to accept the reality of life and thank God for the gift of my parents. They were everything for me but now I have nothing except Jesus Christ. My father died at the end of June on the 29th at the age of 96. My mother died on the 16th of August at the age of 84 after being sick for only two days. During the funeral of my father, her beloved husband, she was praying to God to be reunited with her husband. Her prayer was fulfilled after fifty days. They were married for 68 years. I am sure that now she is happy with her husband and with the Lord.

Dear Confreres, thank you very much for your encouragement and prayer. Please continue to pray for me and my family members.

May God bless you.

Your’s Belete

Timothée Bationo at the JMJ in Brazil

Timothée BationoOur confrere Timothée Bationo, Sector Superior in Mozambique, went to pay a visit to Pierre Lukusa in Brazil. It coincided with the JMJ in Rio de Janeiro where Timothée met other Missionaries of Africa: Willy Ngumbi, Bishop of Kindu in DRCongo and Francisco J. Silota, Bishop of Chimoio in Mozambique. Note that Jan De Groef, Bishop of Bethlehem in South Africa was also at the JMJ.
Timothée was pleased to meet Pierre who will be completing his training at “Fazenda d´Esperança” for one more and final year. In his two weeks journey, Timothée participated in some events led by the Pope: visit and blessing of an hospital, visit to the slum “favela”, way of the Cross, vigil and sending mass. He also met the group of Gen Rosso-Focolari composed of about 200 youth. They performed a show with songs and plays emphasising the idea that the youth can be strong without violence. Peace, love and unity are great tools for evangelisation. The show was presented to Pope Francis during a night vigil.
In his simplicity, Pope Francis touched the hearts of more than 3 million people at the Copacabana beach. His final message is to affirm that Christians should “go without fear proclaiming the Gospel”.
Timothée will remember this exceptional experience for ever and wish to thank everyone who helped him to make this trip to Brazil possible.

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