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New African start-up carrier Malawian Airlines has started operation from 15th Jan 2014 with a planned operational network as follow. Lilongwe – Blantyre – Beira 3 weekly Lilongwe – Blantyre – Harare 3 weekly Lilongwe – Blantyre – Johannesburg 1 daily Lilongwe – Blantyre – Lusaka 4 weekly
Lilongwe – Blantyre – Maputo 3 weekly
Lilongwe – Blantyre – Tete 2 weekly Lilongwe – Dar es Salaam 3 weekly Lilongwe – Lusaka 3 weekly The state-of-the art new generation aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 and a Bombardier Q400 will be handed over to Malawians Airlines from the Airliner’s strategic partner, Ethiopian Airlines at a ceremony to be held Malawi Airlines first planes jet in Wednesday 29/01/2014 at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe. First flight internal Lilongwe to Blantyre on Thursday 30/01/2014, international Friday 31/01/2014.
New African airline takes off in Malawi The government of Malawi and African powerhouse Ethiopian Airlines have finalised the creation of a new national airline in the Southern African country, called Malawian Airlines. Officials in Addis Ababa confirmed the government of Malawi will hold a 51 per cent stake in new carrier, with Ethiopian Airlines holding the remaining shares. Negotiations had been ongoing for months as replaced the collapsed Air Malawi with a new professionally managed national airline supported by a strong partner. After ASKY in West Africa, Malawian Airlines will be the second such joint venture from Ethiopian Airlines, which is considered one of the strongest players on the continent. The move is part of Ethiopian Airlines plan to assert its continental leadership through both direct expansion and through strategic partnerships. It is hoped this will help feed extra traffic into its long-haul network, while simultaneously drawing in traffic from rivals in the region. Also: Call us Malawian Airlines
Father Adriaan died on January 27, 2014 in St. Elisabeth hospital, Tilburg Netherlands at the age of 79, of which 54 of missionary life in Malawi and in Netherlands. The funeral will be this coming Saturday afternoon at St Charles; afterwards we will lay him to rest in our cemetery at Heythuysen. He will be remembered as a man, close to the simple people entrusted to him. May he rest in peace. Nat.: Ned Diocèse d’origine : ‘s Hertogenbosch Naissance : St.Michielsgest – 24/06/1934 Année Spirituelle : ‘s-Heerenberg – 07/09/1955 Serment : Totteridge – 06/07/1959 Prêtrise : Tilburg – 02/02/1960 27/10/1960 Apprend Chichewa Likuni Nyasaland 01/05/1961 Curate Guillemé, D. Lilongwe 29/06/1961 Curate Visanza 15/02/1962 Curate Madisi 01/07/1969 Parish Priest Madisi 26/08/1970 Parish Priest Mlale, D. Lilongwe, Malawi 01/01/1975 Curate Ludzi 01/01/1976 Parish Priest Nambuma 01/01/1982 Parish Priest Nathenje 01/01/1984 Parish Priest Ludzi, D. Lilongwe, Malawi 01/08/1991 Curate Kavala, D. Lilongwe, Malawi 10/11/1992 Curate Chezi, D.Lilongwe Malawi 01/12/2000 Ministry Lage Mierde, Nederland 01/07/2012 Residence H.C. Lage Mierde Nederland 27-01-2014 Retour au Seigneur à Tilburg, aux Pays-Bas
About sixty confreres gathered for their annual Zambian Sector Assembly, this time again at Kasisi. Our confrere Venerato Babaine accepted to act as moderator of the assembly. Dr. Lloyd, working as a medical doctor at the new Cardinal Adam Memorial Catholic Hospital in Bauleni, Lusaka provided two talks; one on Diabetes becoming an emerging health emergency and the second one on prostate cancer. Diabetes is predicted to exceed the ravages
of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the near future while prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the world among men. The second talk on pastoral issues was offered by Dr. Fr. Leonard Namuhumba who is a lecturer at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary. As usual, each community gave a report of their activities and brought their views and concerns on various questions related to our commitments and future engagements. Thanks to the Provincial Christopher Chileshe, using a PowerPoint presentation, the confreres got a better understanding of the decisions taken at the Plenary Council which took place in Ouagadougou, West Africa. The end of the meeting ended with a farewell party in honour of Father Henk van der Steen who decided to retire in his native land in Holland. For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow, For he’s a jolly good fellow, and so say all of us! Here some pictures of the event.
The St. Lawrence community is inviting all of us to the Declaration of Intent of our stagiaire Jean-Baptiste Todjro. The Eucharistic celebration will start at 9:00 hours on Sunday the 2nd February. This is an important step for Jean-Baptiste as he is expressing publicly his intention to pursue his formation to become a Missionary of Africa.
Let us make this event ours in a spirit of thanksgiving for the achievement of Jean-Baptiste as well as the entire St. Lawrence’s community.
See also the following link: Saint Lawrence Day Celebration; 10th August 2013
1964-06-25 Father Luc Antaya, Canadian, currently in Kasama.
Dear confreres, Father Roland Jeanrenaud died on 24th January 2014 at 5.40 p.m. at the home cared for by the Sisters of Saint-Paul in Fribourg at the age of 86. He has been missionary in Zambia and in Switzerland. Let us pray for him and for his relatives. Fraternally yours Bro. Clemens Nadler sec. Nat.: Suisse Diocèse d’origine : Fribourg NAISSANCE : Genève 24/08/1927 Année Spirituelle: Maison-Carrée 29/09/1948 Serment: Thibar 26/06/1951 Prêtrise: Carthage 12/04/1952 Quelques livres qu’il a écrits L’Evangile dans le désordre 156 pages – prix: € :10 – 2000 Paraboles à contre-jour 160 pages 18 € 2003 Visages et Regards 2003: 140 pages 20€ « Allo ! Jésus ? Pourquoi tu réponds pas ? » 2004 120 pages, prix € 19.00, Jalons de la vie missionnaire du Père Roland Jeanrenaud 01/09/1952 St Maurice, Suisse 01/06/1953 Fort Rosebery N. Rhodesia (Zambia) 08/02/1954 Twingi 22/09/1956 Lubwe 27/02/1958 Chibote 10/06/1961 Fort Rosebery 01/01/1965 Ec.Dioc.Adjoint Fort Rosebery, Zambia 10/09/1968 Econome Diocésain Mansa 01/01/1974 Vic.Gén.+Ec.Dioc. Mansa 01/01/1985 Cath.Secretariate Lusaka 10/06/1987 Session-Retraite Jérusalem 01/12/1987 Judicial Vicar Chilubula, D.Kasama, Zambia 15/06/1995 Nommé en Sse PE.95/7 Suisse 10/09/1995 Econome Provincial Fribourg, Suisse 01/04/1997 Secrétaire Provinc. Fribourg 15/09/1999 Session +70 Roma 12/04/2000 Rédact.Suisse-Afriqu Fribourg, Suisse 30/05/2000 Elu Conseiller Provincial 01/09/2013 Résidence H.C.: Fribourg, Suisse 24-01-2014 Retour au Seigneur à Fribourg, Suisse
2013 Showed a Mixed Picture in Economic Performance The year 2013 had its ups and downs in terms of the cost of living as measured by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection’s (JCTR’s) Basic Needs Basket. A continued concern for the JCTR in 2013 is the persistently high cost of living. In 2013, the high cost of living stemmed mainly from high food prices. As a faith based organisation, to see the poor access their basic needs and rights, such as the right to food, is cardinal to improving living conditions and hence reducing poverty in Zambia. FULL TEXT
On behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council and Fr. Crispin Vungwa, I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the great support shown to us on the occasion of the untimely demise of Father Sebastien Ndrutsomi. Thank you for the gift of your love, sacrifice, time and your commitment to show solidarity and comfort to us. Happiness is not found at the end of the journey but it is found as we plough along day after day with what God puts on our path. The Parish was very united during these trying times and it is with renewed vigour that we will continue with the building of the Kingdom of God in our Lebombo community. May our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother hold you their loving embrace and bless you abundantly.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Fr. JPM Le Scour, M.Afr
By Evan Chama, Goma, M.Afr Madam Marie Olive Lembe, wife of the President of the Republic of Democratic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, laid the first stone for the construction of the new Cathedral for the diocese of Goma, East of Congo. This took place on Sunday, 19th January 2014, after the mass presided by the Bishop of Goma, Theophile Kaboy, at the site of the construction. Construction of the Cathedral, a still-born project for years, has received new impetus thanks to the First Lady who has taken a leading role in raising funds. Last year, 11th September, Madam Olive made a pilgrimage to Rome where she met Pope Francis and commended Congo to his prayers for peace in the country. In the letter she addressed to the Pope Madam Olive also promised to commit herself, together with Catholics of Goma, to construct a new Cathedral. Since then, she has been tirelessly knocking on the doors of various business houses in Congo, members of her family, friends and politicians for donations. At the ceremony, she was able to present to the bishop what she had so far collected, an undisclosed sum that amounts to the 45% of the total budget. The First Lady challenged the faithful not to fold arms in the illusion that she alone will source the funds. She will certainly continue to do her part, but every Christian was supposed to work hard and put in whatever little they have. That is why she described the boldness to begin this project in the midst of limited funds as “an act of faith” that however will be realized with the help of God himself and with the determination of everyone. The need for new Cathedral rose when the old one was burnt down by the volcano that erupted on 17th January in 2002. The cathedral will be constructed at a site some 10 km in the outskirts of Goma, in an area called Keshero, following the expansion pattern of the town of Goma. The old Cathedral whose walls remained intact is also under renovation, thanks to one well-wisher who was concerned about the desecration of this holy place that remained abandoned and transformed into a training ground for karate and judo. Marketeers also used the area for drying foodstuffs for sale. Once the renovation is completed, the bishop announced, this old Cathedral will be a lieu for perpetual adoration. Appreciating that Madam Olive Lembe is staunch and prayerful Catholic, the bishop gave her a gift of a breviary –a book for daily prayer used mainly by priests and religious. The new Cathedral will be called “Our Lady of Peace” (Maria, Mama wa Amani). The First Lady is also called Mary, the bishop made the allusion.
Without Hope Where Would We Be Looking back over the year we try to name it, sum it up in one title or sentence. One of our newspapers speaks of: ‘the year of clapping hands to mediocrity’ (E. Chitsulo, Nation 21 December 2013). It is only a few weeks ago that we buried Nelson Mandela. We did because almost the whole world was somehow assisting at his funeral, He showed the world what real leadership is like. His passage shows the opposite of mediocrity. He was a good human being, a great leader. In our Malawi we have difficulty to identify someone like him. We chose leaders who all have given a sense of hope, a sense of ‘now things shall change for the better’. But we were deceived very soon. Kamuzu Banda led a group of capable young people who were intent on building a Malawi to be proud of. But soon Banda took over, did away with those companions of the first hour and became a dictator imposing his will in such a way that a book about human Rights in Malawi was given the title: ‘Where Silence Reigns’. In spite of this Malawians continued to clap hands and dance for him. For some thirty years. Full Text
COMING TO THE TABLE – A Story of Racial Healing Phoebe Kilby began her work in racial reconciliation in 2007, when she first contacted Betty Kilby Fisher (Baldwin) on Martin Luther King Day. Phoebe’s ancestors were enslavers in the United States prior to 1865; Betty is descended from the persons that Phoebe’s family once enslaved. Since that time Phoebe has become a leader in the Coming to the Table organization, which seeks to fulfil Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream “that the sons of former slave owners and sons of former slaves will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” Coming to the Table (CTTT) is profiled at: www.comingtothetable.org Phoebe and Betty have told their story and lead workshops and dialogues on racial reconciliation across the United States. They continue to assist others interested in improving race relations in their communities.
Kasisi Retreat, January 2014 How have I experience God’s love in my missionary life? How do I express it in my ministry, in my community? Those are a sample of questions proposed by Venerato Babaine, the preacher of the retreat, inviting the confreres to reflect and pray on their unending transformation of life in their journey across borders. Aware of our weakness and limitations, the missionary acts with charity and prudence searching for dialogue in partnership. Can we see the good in others in order to achieve meaningful sharing? Inevitably, the journey of life ends in time. The final journey leads us back home. On the afternoon of the 19th January, all the participants went to pray at the tomb of Father Jean-Loup Calmettes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his tragic death in a car accident on the Great North Road. Jean-Luc Gouiller read a tribute to Jean-Loup surrounded by the confreres who sang the “Sancta Maria”. See the pictures below. Once more, we are grateful to the Retreat Centre of Kasisi, the personnel and the Sisters who welcome us in their beautiful surrounding.
Salutation Part of the bishops addressing Journalists during a press conference at Kapingila Guest house in Lusaka, 23rd January, 2014. Dear members of the Press and invited guests, New Year greetings from us, the Zambia Episcopal Conference. On the occasion of our first plenary session in 2014, we have invited you here to share with you and through you with the nation our perspective of various issues that are affecting our country. FULL TEXT Catholic bishops want Sata to dialogue with opposition By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe, Thu 23 Jan. 2014 THIS jubilee year for Zambia should be dedicated to increased reconciliation and tolerance between ruling PF and the opposition based on transparency, says the Zambia Episcopal Conference.
ZEC, the conference of the Roman Catholic bishops in the country also asked President Michael Sata to lead the reconciliatory efforts among key political actors in the country. “We are keen in initiating dialogue between the government and different stakeholders because we see that as the only way out,” ZEC vice-president Dr Alick Banda said. “If we are able to come together, dialogue and discuss that which is pertaining to our country…and that is the responsibility of everyone of us in our country.” Lusaka Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu said there was need for dialogue and transparency among key political parties based on honesty and transparency. Archbishop Mpundu said arrogance among the ruling class was not exclusive to the PF government as such traits had been exhibited by other politicians once they were in power. “In our humble way, we tried to reason with successive administrations that the way forward as a nation is the direction of dialogue,” Archbishop Mpundu said. “Let us talk until the chickens go to roost. So, as long as we are not fighting, when we agree to disagree…we would like to continue on efforts to reach out to those who are in a position to drive this national agenda of reconciliation.” And in the official statement during the press briefing yesterday, ZEC said: “We also call for the nation to use the golden jubilee to foster dialogue, reconciliation and social justice. Let it be a year of renewal, self-cleansing and reconstruction. We also urge the government to quickly give clear direction and programme of events and activities that will be carried out during 2014 to mark the commemoration of the golden jubilee of Zambia’s independence. In this way, the nation will fully own the celebration and participate fully.” The ZEC press briefing was attended by all Catholic Bishops in all dioceses in the country. PF arrogance shocks Catholics Posted on 24 January 2014. The Catholic Church has warned the PF government against intimidating citizens using state security institutions, including the police. They have also deplored the abuse and biased application of the Public Order Act by the Police. Speaking on behalf of all the Catholic Bishops from the 10 provinces of Zambia at the end of their annual Bishop’s Conference at Kapingila house yesterday, Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) president Archbishop Ignatius Chama noted with deep concern that the strides Zambia made were negated and eroded by governance arrogance of the ‘know it all’ type, and that there was a lack of humility among some of the leaders and that this had led to lack of stakeholder consultation when making decisions on key policy matters. The ZEC has also demanded that the constitution making process should be put back on track as this would give Zambians a chance to resolve problems inherent in our governance processes such as elections. “We further lament the vast sums of money that have gone and continue to go into holding of by-elections. These funds could have given Zambians many schools and hospitals. We appeal to the whole country to seriously reflect on how best unnecessary by-elections can be avoided. We are aware that this is worsened by the stalled constitution making process that could have provided legal limitations to by-elections,” he said. Archbishop Chama who is Kasama Archbishop advised government to take the necessary steps that would move the process forward as demanded by the people of Zambia. “We cannot go the way of the Inquiries Act, whereby the President and his cabinet sit to cherry-pick what they think should be in the constitution. We have been down this route before where respective ruling parties have desired that the constitution be made in their party’s image and likeness. This has always not worked and it will not work even now. “The people of Zambia are demanding nothing less than a constitution given to themselves by themselves. The final draft Constitution prepared by the Justice Silungwe technical committee should without further delay be released to the public and other stakeholders, consistent with the roadmap announced by the Constitution Technical Committee at the commencement of its mandate. The people have spoken many times over the years and even now; they want the constitution adopted through a referendum, VoxPopuli, Voxdei,-the voice of the people is the voice of God,” he said. He said as ZEC they rejected the excuse of expenses given the fact that the country had lost huge amounts of money in the botched processes of the past. Archbishop Chama said the police service in particular should be professional and impartial in carrying out their duties of maintaining law and order and that too many of the nation’s resources and time were wasted on politicking at the expense of real development. “This culture must change for the better,” he warned. The Archbishop said the Church noted that the political environment in Zambia today was characterised by manipulation, patronage and intimidation of perceived government opponents.
“Why is it that those who try to question certain practices are treated with scorn and humiliation? These are manoeuvres meant to intimidate people from participating in their own affairs and providing checks and balances in the governance of this country. What’s in Zambia’s draft Constitution?
Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net Dans la rubrique « Témoignages »
« Confrères ayant travaillé dans la P.A.O. », annonce d’un décès récent, et quelques nouvelles tirées de correspondances reçues d’anciens de la Province (lire la suite)
« Etre secrétaire de la PAO », le témoignage du Père Alain Fontaine, qui occupe ce poste depuis le mois de septembre 2011. (lire la suite) Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Deux cardinaux pour notre province » quelques extraits du site « Zenit » et du site du journal « La Croix » au sujet des 19 cardinaux choisis par le Pape François, particulièrement l’archevêque de Ouagadougou et celui d’Abidjan. (lire la suite)
« Les statistiques M.Afr au 1er janvier 2014 » : une reprise des chiffres qui nous ont été fournis sur le site de notre société, http://www.mafrome.org, (lire la suite)
« Les M.Afr. Jubilaires en 2014 », la liste de tous les Missionnaires d’Afrique qui fêteront cette année 25 ans, 50 ans,… et jusqu’à 75 ans de leur engagement missionnaire par serment. (lire la suite) Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Les vœux du SEDELAN pour 2014 » un article paru comme d’habitude sur le site «www.abcburkina.net ». et qui engage à miser sur l’agriculture familiale. (lire la suite) Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Dimanche de la migration », un texte reçu du frère Jan Heuft, qui travaille depuis de nombreuses années en Algérie afin d’aider les migrants (lire la suite) Dans la rubrique « Maghreb » (diverses nouvelles) :
« Anniversaire à Tizi Ouzou », un article écrit par notre confrère Guy Sawadogo, originaire du Burkina et travaillant en Algérie, et qui nous parle de l’anniversaire de l’assassinat de 4 pères le 27 décembre 1994.(lire la suite) Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Manifestations en Mauritanie », un article paru dans le bulletin hebdomadaire de l’ARCRE (Action pour la Rencontre des Cultures et des Religions en Europe) (lire la suite)
To: Bishop Giuseppe Sandri, MCCJ, Diocese of Witbank, South Africa My Lord, Greetings of peace for the New Year 2014! I write on behalf of the General Council of the Missionaries of Africa, to thank you wholeheartedly for message of condolences and for the accompaniment you offered to our confrères in Lebombo as they mourned the sudden and tragic loss of our confrère, Fr. Sébastien Ndrustomi. Fr. Philippe Docq, the Delegate Superior, did keep us informed of the everything that was going on and we could see your pastoral care to them in these trying moments. Thank you for the consoling and challenging homily you gave at the funeral of Fr Sébastien and for welcoming him to rest with his fellow pastoral workers in the diocesan cemetery. We do appreciate this final gesture that seals his belonging in a unique way. May God continue to bless you in your ministry. We keep you in our prayers and thank you in advance for yours for us. Sincerely, Fr. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M.Afr Superior General Reply of the Bishop of Witbank
Dear Fr. Philippe, I hope you have reached Merivale safely. Once again my condolence to Fr. Christopher, to you and all Missionaries of Africa for the passing away of Fr. Sébastien Ndrutsomi. Thank for your presence in our Diocese. Pass my condolences also to your Fr. General and his Council. Please find attached my Homily of the Funeral Mass. We remain in touch and pray for each other. + Giuseppe (Joe) Sandri MCCJ SERMON FOR THE FUNERAL OF FR. SÉBASTIEN NDRUTSOMI Maria Trost 11th January 2014-01-09 We are gathered here before the altar of Christ to entrust to his Father’s love and mercy our brother and fellow priest Fr. Sébastien Ndrutsomi, so suddenly and tragically taken from us. Brothers and sisters I warmly welcome all of you to this sad, painful and yet hopeful celebration. I welcome in a special way Fr. Christopher Chileshe, Provincial of The Missionaries of Africa of Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa, Fr. Philippe Docq, the Delegate Superior of the Missionaries of Africa in South Africa, Fr. Crispin Vungwa and Fr. Jean Pierre Le Scour who lived together with Fr. Sébastien and all the Missionaries of Africa present and the Catholics of Lebombo Parish. You and all of us in the Diocese of Witbank share in the same shock, sadness and grief as we look at the body of Fr. Sébastien in front of us. We come to this church from many parts of South Africa and beyond, because, in spite of such a painful experience of death, we believe in life and in the life of Jesus Christ. To him we offer Fr. Sébastien and ourselves. We ask the Lord to welcome Fr. Sébastien in his kingdom. We ask the Lord to console us and all the bereaved. FULL TEXT A lot of emotion but dignified and well prepared ceremonies. Warm support from the Bishop and the Comboni. The whole presbyterium of the Diocese was present at Maria Trost and a sizable congolese community: there are four congolese priests in the diocese and three communities of sisters originating from Congo.
Seba will have a nice resting place but what a gaping hole is left in the Sector!
Thanks for uniting and crying with us, let us pray and hope that there will be somebody to pick up his spear and continue the fight! Didier Lemaire
Karl Kälin in 1985 in a printing press, Dedicated, patient, joking. Karl nearly 30 years later, As dedicated as before, patient, joking. Thank you Brother Karl for who you are. Your faithfulness is an example to follow. Like so many of us, You went through tough time. Today, you have grey hair, And your belly has ‘slightly’ increase, But your spirit remains sharp. Wishing you strength and happiness for years to come.
The Spirit of Creativity remains By Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr from the Petit Écho, January 2014, No 1947. I came to Zambia in January 2012, after spending about ten years in Malawi. In June of the same year, I took over the job of Provincial Secretary from Georges Lauzon. I have also lived for ten years in the Congo before going to Malawi but coming to the capital of Zambia has proved to be a joyful and beneficial change for me. I still think of my first missionary experience in the Congo as being my closest ever experience with people. This sort of encounter is not thinkable in an office like mine today. However, as much effort and dedication was needed in learning languages or customs and moving around visiting Christian communities in villages, I feel the same spirit of creativity at work today. FULL TEXT L’esprit de créativité persiste Par Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr, extrait du Petit Écho, Janvier 2014, No 1947. Du Malawi, je suis arrivé en Zambie en 2012 et, au mois de juin, j’ai repris la tâche de secrétaire provincial assumée jusqu’alors par Georges Lauzon. Venir dans la capitale de la Zambie après dix années de mission au Congo, et autant d’années au Malawi, s’est révélé pour moi un changement heureux et bénéfique. Je me rappelle encore mes premières années missionnaires au Congo. Ce fut pour moi l’expérience de la plus grande proximité jamais vécue avec une population. Aujourd’hui, ce genre de rencontre n’est plus réalisable dans mon service. De même que l’étude de la langue, des coutumes et les visites dans les communautés chrétiennes villageoises demandaient alors un effort et un engagement, je sens que ce même esprit de créativité est à l’œuvre aussi maintenant. TEXTE COMPLET