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

RCF Bruxelles“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.
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Les prochaines Émissions : mois de Décembre 2013
04.12.2013. (sem. 49-13)  Abbe Jose Nzazi. Prêtre de la RDC Congo (Idiofa)
 « L’abbé. Dominique Kahanga témoin et prophète des droits de l’homme ».
Secrétaire de la commission Justice et Paix de la conférence épiscopale du Congo Kinshasa de 1995 a 2003, l’Abbe Nzazi a travaillé à la mise en place de la formation de la population a l’éducation civique pour un comportement a la citoyenneté. Il a vécu et œuvré selon l’adage des Béatitudes : « Heureux les persécutés pour la justice, le Royaume des cieux est à eux (aujourd’hui !) »
11.12.2013. (sem. 50-13) Caritas International, Asile et Migration:
 « Le trajet de la Réintégration : aussi vital que l’intégration »
La réintégration après le retour volontaire dans le pays d’origine est très importante. « Les personnes retournées doivent pouvoir bénéficier d’un accompagnement sur mesure », conclue la Conférence de la Caritas International.
Souvent (et de plus en plus …) les autorités décident que certains demandeurs d’asile ne peuvent pas rester en Europe. Comment respecter et accompagner ces personnes. L’aide a la réintégration est, en Belgique, octroyée aux demandeurs d’asile (déboutées) et aux migrants en situation irrégulière. La conférence  de Caritas International traitait de ce qui se passe pour les personnes retournées après leur retour dans le pays d’origine et le travail des partenaires dans 5 pays de l’Afrique (de l’Ouest) dans l’accompagnement  de ces personnes. Rapport de conférence
18.12.2013. (sem. 51-13) Henri Muhiya, Secrétaire de la Commission épiscopale nationale du Congo pour les ressources naturelles (CERN)
Les ressources naturelles au Congo RDC : Richesse ou malédiction ?
«  La commission européenne va prochainement proposer une initiative législative concernant l’approvisionnement responsable de minerais provenant des zones en conflit à haut risque » tel était la conclusion de la mission parlementaire européenne qui revenait de  la Région des grands Lacs.
Un titre de journal qui cache les souffrances et la guerre qui sévit depuis des années dans la République du Congo, Kinshasa. Il s’agit des ressources naturelles énormes de ce pays et de la Région : ces richesses naturelles sont-elles une vraie richesse ou bien sont-elles une malédiction pour le pays et sa population ? « La gestion des richesses naturelles au service du développement de l’ensemble du peuple «. Interview d’Henri Muhiya de la commission épiscopale pour les ressources naturelle.
25.12.2013. (sem. 52-13) l’équipe du Centre « Amani », ‘lieu d’accueil, de solidarité et de promotion culturelle des Africains et leurs amis’.                                         
Célébrons Noël !
“La joie chrétienne se partage! “
Partageons la musique, les souvenirs et la solidarité fraternelle de notre terre ancestrale.

Nelson Mandela R.I.P

cropped-nelson-mandela-day-child.jpg“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin, or their back ground, or their religion. People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart that it’s opposite.” N.M.
The names South Africa and Nelson Mandela are synonymous. In the eyes of the world Nelson Mandela is the human face of South Africa. In fact, Nelson Mandela epitomizes all that is good about South Africa. His reputation grew in proportion to the number of years he was hidden from the world; 27 in all. The name alone became a living legend long before he walked out of Victor Verster prison in Cape Town on February 11th 1990. But perhaps more extraordinary is the fact that the legend continued to grow worldwide, as the man measured up to the legend and in essence exceeded it. Everyone it seemed wanted to be in the presence of this icon of humanity in a time where few world leaders of stature are to be found.
In a lonely prison cell on Robbin Island in the deep Atlantic Ocean he came to the conclusion that there could be no winners or losers in the South African struggle for recognition of the dignity of the black people to be equal in the land of their birth. Somehow all the people who make up South Africa would have to be seen as winners. He learnt the language of his oppressor the Afrikaners, a language derived from Dutch and to their amazement when they eventually turned to him, in the late 1980s, to save South Africa, he insisted to address them in their language. At huge personal cost coming from his own political party, the African National Congress (ANC) he preached a message of reconciliation and not revenge, unity and not diversity, together and not apart. It was the shear stature of the man that converted an entire nation. South Africa owes this one man a huge debt.
He followed his dream that denied him 27 years of his adulthood and deprived him an opportunity and ability to be a husband, father and grandfather. He cherished this dream amid cynicism and despondency, as when he embraced his jailers and racists, and preached reconciliation instead of victors’ justice. His critics argued that reconciliation came at the expense of justice. We forget that to Mandela and his comrades, who suffered dearly, forgiveness was never intended to supplant justice and the truth. It was a national therapeutic, cathartic process to heal a wounded nation and exorcise its demons.
He is gone now but the legacy will live on and indeed he will continue to inspire the nation for generations to come. Those that had the joy of meeting him were truly blessed as he is revered by many as having been the icon of the 20th century. His resting place in a remote corner of the Eastern Cape will become a national shrine; uniting a divers nation learning to live with one another. The loss to the nation is immense but the memories will inspire the nation not to lose sight of the values and direction he gave the country in his long walk to freedom.
We can continue the long walk by simply living by his principles and ideals. His wear like the deep footprint on clear beach sand. We can preserve them before they are erased by the high tides of moral decay bedevilling South Africa today.
What is certain is that with the loss of Nelson Mandela the country is no longer the same. His moral authority that bound the nation together is no longer there. Though his memory will live on and inspire generations to come it will not stop a substantial sector of the population claiming a more equitable and just participation in what is referred to as the new South Africa.


He has left an indelible mark on the psyche of the nation, a mark that allows all South Africans to say we lived in his time. 95 years is a long time but all South Africans believe it is not long enough and mourn in a special way the parting of this truly one great individual. God blessed South Africa but giving them a person such as Nelson Mandela.
Sean O’Leary M.Afr
December 9th 2013

Peace in the Great Lakes

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By Evans K. Chama, M.Afr
Peace in the Great Lakes is the name of the Ecumenical campaign for Justice, peace and reconciliation by the Catholic and Anglican bishops from Burundi, Congo and Rwanda.
The campaign aims at building peace by conversion of heart, consolidation of the peace acquired by recent cessation of war, and promoting reconciliation and fraternity. These will be achieved through concerted effort between Anglicans and Catholics in spearheading peace initiatives, lobbying, sensitization, and joint social, cultural and productive activities.
The Campaign was launched in Goma on Sunday, 1st December 2013, during an ecumenical prayer of Catholics and Anglicans from the three countries.
The ceremony began at Congo-Rwanda border of Gisenyi, where delegates from Burundi and Rwanda were welcomed as sign of brotherhood without barrier. From there the procession traversed the town of Goma to John Paul II Grounds where the prayer took place. At each of the three stations a prayer was pronounced for a specific intention.
At the first station, at the border, Theophile Kaboy, bishop of Goma, prayed: “Lord God you people start a walk towards the project of peace for the Great Lakes, we ask you to bless this walk and be accompanied by you.” Second station: another Congolese catholic bishop prayed: “Lord God, your people are ready to be protagonists of your project of love and fraternity. We pray that we offer no resistance especially by not giving room to divisive ideologies.” And at the third station an Anglican bishop from Burundi prayed: “Lord we acknowledge that you have created us different but we are all your children. We pray that these differences do not become a point of division but mutual enrichment, so that this region becomes an expression of a floral arrangement of your wisdom.”
Indeed, such floral beauty manifested itself when double files of both Anglican and Catholic priests and bishops, in their proper robes but same stoles, ascended to the podium.
The prayer started with a song Veni Creator Spiritus (Come O Creator Spirit …) thereafter Fridolin Ambogo, bishop of Bokungu-Ikela and Coordinator of the Campaign, presented the project. The penitential rite was followed by the word of God: the First Reading was taken by an Anglican priest from Rwanda in Kinyarwanda (Is 2:1-5), the Second reading in French by a Catholic from Burundi, and the gospel by a Catholic deacon of Goma.  Then followed the joint message of the bishops read in four parts by Anglican and Catholic bishops, one after the other. Here are some elements of the message:
By this peace initiative the bishops responded to the people longing for peace after traversing the horrors of the genocide of over a million persons in Rwanda, the murders in Burundi, and the massacres of over six millions Congolese. Thus, Advent is the ideal occasion, a period of awaiting the prince of peace who comes to inaugurate the new social order where instruments of war are transformed into instruments of production (cf. Is 2:4) and the people invited to abandon totally the acts of darkness (cf. Rm 13:12).
The bishops call the perpetrators of conflict to cease evil (cf.Is1:16-17) and the entire population to move ahead despite their situation as inspired by Africae Munus: “Rise up, take your mat and walk” (Jn 5:8). The people are tired of the recurring violence and bloodshed, fuelled by manipulation of tribal and national identities for selfish motives. They are tired also of the paradox of their lives; in the midst of abundant riches they live in abject poverty.
Hence, there is need for conversion of heart, especially in naming things as they really are instead of settling on systematic deceit. The bishops sound the warning: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil….” (Is 5:20).  And they remarked also that on the interpersonal relations between ordinary people of the three countries there is no enmity as such; the problem lies on the level of politicians and the elite who profit from the conflict. Hence, the heads of states are invited to commit themselves honestly in the pursuit for peace.
By this campaign the bishops hope for a new generation of Burundians, Congolese and Rwandese, not opposed as enemies, but who look in the same direction as brothers and sisters despite their different ethnic identities.
After this message of the bishops the apostolic creed was recited, then the prayer of peace: Make me an instrument of peace. The intercession took the form of a message of one country to another, exposing the situation as it is, then concluding into prayer of hope for new relationship. First, it was the message and prayer by Congo for Burundi, Burundi for Congo; Rwanda for Burundi and vice versa; Rwanda for Congo and vice versa. Then, the sign of peace.
The campaign was launched with a release of six doves, then the final blessing was given by all bishops together. The next rendezvous is December 2014, in Goma, to close this year-long campaign. 
Lord, consolidate peace in our land is a catch phrase of this ecumenical prayer. Indeed, wherever we are, let us pray for peace in this region.

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