Earthquake in Cebu; News from Dioscoro Malugao

Earthquake in CebuDear confreres,
Since yesterday, I have been receiving messages from confreres, relatives and friends after our island was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 7.2. Many asked about the situation of my parents and siblings. Of course they panicked especially that people who are leaving the seashore have to evacuate as tsunami might follow. Few people came to our house to seek for an asylum. There was no electricity and a shortage of water. They were also disturbed by the aftershock which came repeatedly. According to the report, it came about 800 times. I thank the Lord that they are all safe as we are here in Cebu! 
In fact, I am supposed to go for my eight day retreat to Bohol but, when I went to the pier to take a boat, I found that the trips are canceled. The pier at the capital city of Bohol is also damaged. I could have gone to other piers but traveling by land on the island is very tricky at the moment. Many bridges, roads and houses are destroyed. Some of our historical churches are swept badly, around ten of them. Luckily, the church in the parish where I come from is not totally damaged but the bell tower and part of the infrastructure have fallen. We will see what the people can do. I believe that in due time life will be back to normal.
Let us join together to pray for all who are affected and that they may be united to build their churches again. 
Dioscoro Malugao, M.Afr

Preparations to Roll out New Catholic Radio Station Underway in Malawi

Preparations-to-Roll-out-New-Catholic-Radio-Station-UnderwayLilongwe, Malawi, CISA N0 092, October 15, 2013
Preparations to roll out Tuntufye FM Radio for the new Karonga Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church are at an advanced stage, the Research and Communications Department at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi has confirmed.
According to Nyasa Times, Malawi’s local daily, the development was revealed barely after ECM’s Research and Communications Department visited the diocese to appreciate efforts made to enhance communication in all the church angles.
Karonga diocese successfully negotiated for a radio licence with the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and this was gazetted on July 26, 2013.
So far a lot has taken place to have the radio station hit the air waves by January next year.
“There is quite a lot that Karonga diocese has done to have this radio station in place. The diocese is trying to put things in place as regards opening a radio station and one of the achievements has been the negotiations with MACRA for a radio license which is finally in possession of the diocese.”
The diocese is currently holding sensitization sessions with Catholic Christians on different level s and various forums as a way of initiating and engaging them in the radio project so that they can own and support it.
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese is also working hard to have this radio station as evidenced from a number of written proposals that have been submitted to potential donors where the feedback has been positive and many have pledged funding.
“So far the diocese has receiving the first consignment of radio equipment from SIGNIS which is the World Catholic Association for Communication that brings together Catholic communications and media professionals from across the globe. Plans to renovate a building that will house radio studios are also there,” Research and Communications Officer at ECM, Prince Henderson said.
The Diocese of Karonga is a new one with 12 priests and over 65,000 Catholic.
The radio will primarily targeting Catholic Christians but still there will be an option for other denominations will be given a chance to interact and contribute to the radio station.
Apart from pastoral, the radio will also focus on development, economic, social and cultural issues that concern all groups of people.
Tuntufye FM Radio will add up to the already existing Catholic radio stations like Radio Maria in Mangochi, Radio Alinafe in Lilongwe and Radio Tigabane in Mzuzu.

CJTR Lusaka Press Release September 2013

JCTR LusakaRecent government’s position on the ATI bill: what‘s the real issue?
The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) welcomes Government’s recent announcement from the Ministry of Information that a consultant has been engaged to harmonise the Draft ATI Bill with “13 other existing pieces of legislation. This is, indeed a very necessary exercise if this important piece of legislation is to realise its intended purpose. As JCTR, we remain committed to championing the enactment of the law and to work collaboratively with the government to ensure that the law is passed without any further delays. We appreciate the government’s effort in updating the public on the status of the bill this far and we want to believe that every explanation we have received so far is valid. “The only challenge we have is that these explanations seem to be isolated and somehow not foreseen”, says Sr. Kayula Lesa. FULL TEXT