Saint Lawrence Day Celebration on the 10th August 2013

Jean_Baptiste_TodjroText and picture by Jean-Baptiste Todjro , Stagiaire
For a while, we have a break from our daily activities to have fun. This weekend was a particular one in the life of the faithful of Saint Lawrence Parish. On Saturday we gather to relax with sport activities. While the Youth Council in collaboration with some football teams of the place where enjoying themselves on the football ground, our mothers and grandmothers where enjoying netball and athletics. Today, Sunday August 11, we close our festivities with mass and the blessing of the grotto.
Happy Saint Lawrence to all!

JCTR urges caution on 2013 budget management

JCTR LusakaPress Release 15thAugust 2013
On Sunday 11 August, 2013, the Minister of Finance Honourable Alexander Chikwanda, held a briefing on fiscal and other treasury matters. The briefing was partly in response to various concerns bordering on the performance of the 2013 budget thus far. 
Different sections of society have expressed fears suggesting a looming or actual budget deficit beyond the 2013 budget provision of 4.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “While the government made assurances that the perceived budget deficit is within manageable limits, it is important that the government is seen to manage the deficit in ways that do not worsen the livelihoods of the majority poor’’, notes Daniel Mutale, Social Conditions programme manager. READ MORE

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 15 août 2013

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
Dans la rubrique Dialogue interreligieux
« Appel à s’inscrire à l’IFIC ». Une invitation à suivre la formation donnée à l’IFIC, Institut de Formation Islamo Chrétienne, qui est situé à Bamako au Mali. (lire la suite)
« Fin du Ramadan, message du Pape » le texte publié par le pape François à l’occasion de l’Id al- Fitr, la fin du jeûne de nos frères musulmans (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique Vu au sud, vu du sud
« La mission et les ONG ? », un article de notre confrère Maurice Oudet publié dans la revue « Petit Echo », où il affirme que l’évangélisation et le développement sont inséparables.(lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique Actualités
« Rencontres des familles à Bamako» : à savoir les familles de nos confrères originaires du Mali, rencontre qui s’est tenue le 30 juin dernier. (lire la suite)
« Lettre de l’archevêque de Bamako » : cette lettre qui date du 27 juillet dernier invite à la paix et la réconciliation nationale au Mali.(lire la suite)
« Baobab Echos n° 16 », le dernier bulletin de la Province d’Afrique de l’Ouest, paru au mois de juillet, avec un large éventail de nouvelles et de partage (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique Témoignages
« Deux témoignages», l’un de Jean Paul Guibila, présentement au Mexique, l’autre d’Anselme Tarpaga, aux études à Rome. (lire la suite)

« Mgr Martin Happe a fêté ses 40 ans de sacerdoce », un texte paru dans les « Nouvelles diocésaines de Nouakchott » et que nous publions à notre tour (lire la suite)

Zambia: Catholics Deny Patriotic Front Link

Zambia ReportsBy Peter Adamu, 13 August 2013 
The Catholic Church says the perception that they are Patriotic Front inclined is untrue and that they will continue speaking for the voiceless.
Zambia Episcopal Conference spokesperson Father Paul Samasumo said the fact that some members of the Catholic Church were PF inclined did not mean that it was the position of the church.
“The ZEC has noted with concern that in recent weeks, there have been accusations and attacks alleging that the Catholic Church in Zambia has abandoned its role of speaking for the voiceless, the poor and marginalised on the wrong public perception that the Church is loyal to or favours the Patriotic Front and its leadership,” said Samasumo in a statement.
“The Catholic Church in Zambia, as elsewhere in the world, is made up of members that belong to diverse political party affiliations. Therefore, ZEC, in its official capacity, does not and cannot champion any single political candidate even if that candidate were a faithful son of the Church.”
He said, “In this regard, any hint of partisan politics by a priest or a Bishop through the media or from the pulpit is wrong. It is wrong because the God whom we preach about and serve welcomes everyone in spite of political affiliations.”

During his campaign for the presidency PF leader Michael Sata played the Catholic card as he is a member and some priests openly rendered their support to him but with the PF falling short of expectations the Catholic church has been conspicuously missing raising concern among the neutrals.

Proflight eyes 3 more destinations

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Zambia Daily Mail – August 14, 2013
PROFLIGHT Zambia has unveiled plans for three additional international destinations to its growing schedule by mid-2014, making Lusaka a regional hub for air travel. Company director of government and industry affairs Philip Lemba said the airline has plans to start flying to Lubumbashi, from Ndola, with connections between Ndola and Lusaka. Mr Lemba said the airline is also considering services to Harare, Dar es Salaam, Mozambiques’sTete town and Johannesburg, subject to regulatory approval.
“We believe that after years of prudent [and] steady growth, Proflight Zambia has now built a solid base to reach a critical mass from which it can expand into regional markets, heeding the requests of our customers.
Proflight-Boeing“Lusaka is a natural choice as a hub, and Proflight is determined to be a standard bearer for Zambian aviation throughout the region,” he said.
Mr Lemba said in a statement in Lusaka recently. He said with the introduction of the Malawi route, Proflight currently operates 10 scheduled routes using nine aircraft, and a 105-seat Boeing 737 aircraft which was just added to the Proflight fleet as the airline’s first jet aircraft.
Mr Lemba said the airline is keen to introduce flights to Johannesburg from Lusaka and is examining the option of flying into South Africa city’s smaller airport, Lanseria, whose costs are lower than that of the city’s main OR Tambo (ORT) International Airport. Mr Lemba, however, said the airline has appealed for input from travellers to help it identify how best the new services can be structured.

Malawi – AMECEA: Plenary Assembly 2014 in Lilongwe

amecea-logo-1Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) – The 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly will take place in Malawi, Lilongwe from 16 to 26 July 2014. The theme of the Plenary Assembly is “New Evangelization through true conversion and witnessing to Christian faith”.
This means the 18th Plenary Assembly will this time will be hosted by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. Zambia hosted the 16th Plenary Assembly in 2008. Plenary Assemblies take place every three years and bring together over 250 Bishops of the AMECEA region.

AMECEA is the acronym for Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa It is a Catholic organization of Catholic Bishops of the eight countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, namely, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Djibouti and Somalia are affiliate members. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 13/08/2013)

Slavery, witchcraft and fear

Slavery, witchcraft and fear 03Bernhard Udelhoven 03By Bernhard Udelhoven, M.Afr

Published in the Saturday Post, Saturday August 10, 2013

Breaking Free from Witchcraft – Exposing the Bondage to Demons – Prayer Points to Break the Chains of Satanism.

These are some book titles in our Christian bookshops that remind us of spiritual forms of slavery that hold us hostage today. Thousands of new deliverance ministries witness in Zambia to bondages to witchcraft and demons. The need for liberation from the slavery to evil forces seems enormous. Many people testify to the inner freedom and the new start which they found after undergoing sound deliverance services.
P1090122Yet, while the number of new churches and deliverance ministries has been multiplying steadily over the last decades, sometimes coming with the promise of a fast-track to divine blessings and prosperity, demons and witchcraft are in no way diminishing. The opposite seems true. Demonic entities are increasing. This is strange. One should think that the demons surely must be useful to some of us; else they would hardly hang around given that they are beaten, cast out and insulted so often by so many churches. Is it not also pastors, prophets, and churches who profit? READ MORE

Ministry of Michel Meunier on modern slavery in South Africa

OIKOS LogoOn the 2nd August, I gave a talk to students & professors of Cedara (St. Joseph Institute) where our theology students go. There were about 50 people; the biggest attendance they ever had! A proof that modern slavery is a very hot topic! It had been organised by the OIKOS group, of which Antony Alckias is the Secretary. He is one of our students who should be ordained deacon in December.

As I was speaking to philosophy & theology students and teachers, I started with a quick overview of the attitude of the Church towards slavery through the ages followed by a brief history of Lavigerie’s antislavery campaign.

The big question is: what is the Church doing? The Counter Trafficking In Persons (CTIP) Office at the Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) published all kinds of posters & flyers to bring more consciousness. They had a 3 day seminar in April and started a Truck Drivers’ Anti-Trafficking group. They will soon publish a small book “The Church and Anti-Trafficking”. The Sisters seem to have more roles to play, as most trafficked people are women and children.

United in the same Mission,Michel Meunier

Michel Meunier, M.Afr

Also: South Africa Human Trafficking Bill Signed Into Law

Article of Nzimeni Jeremiah Gama, OMI

Here we are! 70 Years of Evangelisation and Social Concern

Regiment Parish_0001 - CopieBook Cover 01Here we are! 70 Years of Evangelisation and Social Concern – Regiment Parish (St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church) (1939-2009)
Marc Nsanzurwimo is a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) ordained in 1995. He was Parish Priest of Regiment Parish (2006-2009). Before that he served in Kasaba (1989-1991), Serenje (1995-2000) and Kasamba (2003) Parishes. He was Vocation Animator (2003-2005). He holds a Doctorate in Mission Theology from Urbaniana Pontifical University, Rome.
His other publications include: Facing the Challenge: Self-Sustainability for the Catholic Church in Zambia (2003); Echo of the First African Synod: New Look of the Ordained Ministry (2008); The African Participation in the Intercontinental Mission: A Gradual Awareness of a Shared Responsibility (2012); The Funeral in Zambia, with Particular Reference to the Lala People of Serenje: An Inculturation Perspective (2012).
He is currently a staff member at FENZA (Faith and Encounter Centre Zambia) in Bauleni, Lusaka.
His books can be purchase from the author. Please, leave your particulars using the space “Leave a comment” below.
Edited by Fr. Marc Nsanzurwimo, M.Afr
Foreword by Telesphore-Georges Mpundu, Archbishop of Lusaka
Printed by Mission Press, Ndola, Zambia, 121 pages, 2013.

Welcome to Mission Press

Mission Press is a religious institution, an initiative of the Conventual Franciscan Friars in Zambia that specialises in printing, publishing and electronic media.
At the moment Mission Press is the largest Christian NON PROFIT orientated printing and publishing institution in Zambia. Since its humble beginning in 1970, it has grown into a truly modern facility. This is possible because of the total dedication of all the Friars and workers at Mission Press during its 39 years of operation.
It has never been easy for a religious institution to compete with professionals working in the field of mass media, it is even more difficult to achieve and maintain a leading role in such fields. We can proudly say that Mission Press has managed to do exactly that, be it in terms of state of the art equipment, highly competitive quality production and value of its message.
Mission Press is wholeheartedly committed to fundamental Christian values in promoting social justice and respect of human rights.

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Other link: Doctorate studies of Marc Nsanzurwimo in Rome

Our Experience with the Youth in Chimoio Diocese, Mozambique

Maurice Aduol Odhiambo 05Serge Kasombo Kabwakila 02By Maurice Aduol Odhiambo and Serge Kabwakila Kasongo

The second term holiday was characterized by different activities in the Diocese of Chimoio despite being relatively short (2 weeks). We, the stagiaires in Mozambique, wish to share with you some of these activities.

We are members of the Diocesan youth commission which managed to organize two youth camps. The first one took place in Machaze where Dombe Mission is located. The topics discussed were the following; marriage, polygamy, relationship and dowry payment. All these themes were accompanied by dramas, group discussions and sharing between the youth and some invited guests who were knowledgeable in these areas. READ MORE

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Are Women Today’s Slaves?

Evans ChamaBy Evans K. Chama, M.Afr
Published in the Saturday Post, Saturday August 3, 2013

Slavery was made illegal a long time ago but it has never been abolished. It is still here today in various forms and women are among its victims. It may sound exaggerated to label the violence that women suffer as slavery. Nonetheless, the situation of gender relations shows sufficient traits that are typical of slavery. That is why we must be aware of this violence which goes often unnoticed.

P1090121Firstly, let us refresh our understanding of slavery. Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property, traded and subjected to forced work.  It is also a relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another, controlling his/her life and liberty. We speak of chattel slavery when people are treated as property that can change hands like commodities. In bonded labour a person is in some kind of debt which he/she has to pay by fulfilling certain roles. And we have forced labour when one is obliged to work or do something against his/her will. READ MORE  

Interview with Howard Zehr

Howard Zehr 02Howard ZehrHoward Zehr is widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” he began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. Zehr continues in this third decade to deepen the principles of restorative justice and grow its practice worldwide. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. In this interview he says that prisons in US are basically trauma factories, much of the time, prisons are just totally counterproductive from a rehabilitation stand point. He also says that forgiveness is a wonderful and powerful experience but cannot be forced on people. He challenges and deconstructs today’s predominant retributive justice system. He invites us to experience justice as a restorative process that combines the best of the indigenous traditions combined with modern human rights sensibilities. Finally he shares with us his creativity infusing art in justice work. READ MORE

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