Sussundenga in celebration – Mozambique

Serge Kasombo Kabwakila 02Boris YabreEvery promise that we make in our life, no matter how small, is a landmark. This is what happened on the 16th February 2014 in Sussundenga when Serge Kabwakila Kasombo made his declaration of Intent on the same day as Fr. Boris Yabre, M.Afr, was officially welcomed as curate.
The event started the day before with the participation of 73 young adults who shared theirs views on contemporary challenges affecting family life. A vocation takes root in a family and grows until it matures into marriage or religious life as the Declaration of Intent of Serge was intended to signify.
The Sunday celebration brought six Missionaries of Africa and three Stagiaires together with some Sisters and about 500 Christians who were jubilant throughout the Mass. The main celebrant was Father Richard Ujwigowa who received the declaration of Serge on behalf of Father Timothée Bationo, Delegate Superior of Mozambique. Other confreres did not managed to come because of the rain which had cut-off the road from Beira to Chimoio.
The readings and homily centered on the call made by the owner of all vocations; Jesus. As a good shepherd, he is the one who guides us, especially in times of difficulty. Serge trusted his own vocation into the hand of our Mother Mary when the choir sang the “Santa Maria”.
After Mass, in the Parish hall, all the families who contributed in the preparation of the day were invited to have a bite together enjoying a variety of food and drinks. Music and dance, both traditional and modern, added to the festive atmosphere.
Compiled by Maurice Odhiambo, Stagiaire in Dombe

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 20 février 2014

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« Frère chez les « Pères Blancs »», une interview du frère Jan Heuft, originaire de Hollande et qui travaille en Algérie depuis de nombreuses années. 
(lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Lettre du Pape pour le Carême » 
le texte du Pape François pris que le site du Vatican, qui invite à se mobiliser contre la misère. (lire la suite) 
«  Les confrères décédés en 2014 »
. Il s’agit des confrères anciens de la Province qui nous ont quittés depuis le 1er janvier de cette année (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Carte ethnique du Burkina Faso » qui permet de situer géographiquement les nombreuses ethnies présentes dans ce pays. 
(lire la suite) 
« Coopération alimentaire »
, article paru sur le site du SEDELAN et qui parle d’une expérience en cours : des femmes cuisinières mexicaines ont été invitées au Burkina pour montrer comment utiliser le maïs – plutôt que le blé. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Action Enfants de Tous à Ségou »
, quelques extraits du bulletin de cette association malienne, dont le directeur est Jean Dzene, et qui vise à faire sortir de la rue les enfants en difficulté. (lire la suite) 
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« L’Eglise et les R.T.A.», l’éditorial du Petit Echo n° 1048, écrit par le père Emmanuel Ngona, Assistant Général, et qui présente le thème principal de cette édition de notre revue, à savoir la Religion Traditionnelle Africaine. 
(lire la suite) 
« Pour une évangélisation toujours nouvelle »
, un texte du Père Bernard Delay, qui prend la responsabilité du Centre Sénoufo à Sikasso. Ses années d’apostolat à Korhogo en milieu sénoufo lui permettent de parler lui aussi de la R.T.A. de manière éclairante. (texte pris lui aussi lui aussi dans le Petit Écho n° 1048) (lire la suite)

Lusaka BNB January 2014 and Press Release

JCTR LusakaPress Release, 11th February 2014
Increased debt amidst high cost of living a cause for concern
Lately, there have been statements by senior government officials commenting on the state of debt levels in the country. The comments have partly been assurances that the current debt stock is sustainable.
Various sections of society have expressed fears that the country’s debt stock is increasing to levels that may become unsustainable. While the government has made several assurances that the nation’s debt levels are within manageable limits, it is important that the government is seen to contract and manage debt in ways that do not potentially worsen the livelihoods of the majority poor.  If debt being contracted is not prudently invested on high return projects to enable debt repayment without compromising social sector spending, then debt contraction even in the current sustainable debt levels is a source of concern. Increasing debt levels now also imply higher future taxes on the already heavily taxed workers and consequently a higher cost of living.
Press Release
BNB January 2014

Press Statement by the Oasis Forum – 20th Feb 2014

Oasis Forum all LogosDelivering unto ourselves a new and people driven constitution is the best way to celebrate Zambia’s golden jubilee
The Oasis Forum, do hereby fully support the recent observations made by Reverend Suzanne Matale from the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) that it is difficult to see the “joy” of the Jubilee-Year in Zambia when so many of our people, including our dear freedom fighters, are wallowing in abject poverty and being subjected to fear and intimidation by their own leaders. In addition, we would like to reiterate the demand we earlier made that the best Jubilee gift for Zambia in this “Year of the Lord’s Favor” is a new and people driven constitution. Thus, notwithstanding the current Government’s many attempts to stall and their maneuvers to abort the constitution making process, we the Oasis Forum remain resolved to mobilize the masses at the grassroots and campaign, in a peaceful manner, for the immediate release of the final draft of the constitution and its enactment through a national referendum. So, help us God! FULL TEXT

Bulletin JPIC-ED No 11 January / February 2014

Bulletin JPIC-ED logo-No. 11-January-2014
Born in Latin America, Reborn in Rome
At the beginning of this New Year, I travelled to Mexico to attend a meeting organised by our Province of the Americas on Justice and Peace, Integrity of Creation, Encounter and Dialogue. In preparation for this journey and during the long hours at the airports and in the air to Mexico, three points attracted my attention:
a) The large number of Catholics in this region – Brazil and Mexico are considered first and second respectively as the most Catholic countries in the world;
b)  Liberation Theology from Latin American
c)  The gift of Pope Francis from the Latin American Church to the Universal Church in particular and to the World in general READ MORE.

Home leave of Bro. Clenerius Mutale Chimpali in Zambia

By Bro. Clenerius Mutale Chimpali, M.Afr
My home leave started on the 20th November 2013 to end up on the 17th February 2014. It was a time of good rest, encounter with friends and family members and above all a time of discovery whereby I found the sacredness in my daily life at home as much as with neighbors, friends and confreres.
It was very gratifying to be welcomed so well by the provincial community in Lusaka, Kawama community in Kitwe, two Missionaries communities in Kasama and the Lualuo formation house. Indeed the Bemba people would say ‘Uwakwesha Ubushiku, bamutasha ngabwacha!’ and ‘uushitasha, mwana wandoshi!’
I felt at home as I gained wisdom from our senior most confreres. I could also refresh my memories with my fellow young confreres whom we met during formation time.
I got the opportunity to be closer to my elderly father of 81 years old. I felt so touch whenever I saw him actively farming which prompted me to join him. This old man could still wake up at 5:30 am to work.
I also enjoyed the memorial service of my late Mother on the 16th December which brought many family members and friends together. The unveiling of the tombstone refreshed our good memories with our mother. At the same time, it gave us a sense of strength and unity, responsibility, hardworking, forgiving one another and loving one another as we remembered mom’s common key phrases.
Another interesting occasion of my holidays was the invitation by the Sector Superior to attend the Sector Assembly. Thanks to Fr. Oswald, the Sector Assembly was an eye opener, a time of encounter and frank talk with new confreres.
An occasion in Kasamba enabled me to visit my cherished brother’s family and my friend Fr. Kamunenge. On the 26th January 2014, I was part at the Parish of those who ushered the chosen new Bishop of Mansa. It was like a triumphant entry as people danced with braches, singing and welcoming Father Patrick Chisanga OMF from the road side.
Musonda FallsMy visit to Mansa town was so great. I had good time with friends whom I met a long time ago. It gave me an opportunity to visit Musonda Fall and Musonda technical secondary school. As an electrician, I profited from my visit to Musonda to go to the electric power station which was so interesting.
Finally, I was among the multitude of people who witnessed Bishop Patrick Chisanga ordination in Mansa on the 1st February. It was a moving experience and a time to enjoy Safya Beach.
Indeed my home leave was restful, enjoyable, made me feel closer to my family and friends and above all gave me a home touch. Allow me to use Anais Nin’s words: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Many Thanks to all, God bless you.
Pray for me as I go back to the mission in Ghana-Nigeria Province in Tamale-Ghana.

South Africa – Appointment of the Bishop of Port Elizabeth

Monsignor-Vincent-Mduduzi-Zungu 2Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On February 2 , 2014, the Holy Father Rev. appointed Fr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, O.F.M., Definitor General for Africa and the Middle East, in Rome as Bishop of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth (South Africa).
Fr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, O.F.M., was born on April 28, 1966, in the village of Mbongolwane, in the Diocese of Eshowe. He studied Philosophy and Theology at St. John Vianney Major Seminary, in Pretoria. He entered the Franciscan Order on January 18, 1988. He obtained a Licentiate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of Strasbourg, France (2001-2005). He was ordained a priest on July 8, 1995.
Since ordination he has served in various pastoral and diocesan roles: 1996-1999: Assistant priest in the Mission of Hardenberg; 2000-2006: Master of Novices and Guardian of the convent of Besters; 2007-2008: Professor of the St. John Vianney Major Seminary, Provincial Vicar and Assistant of the Postulants; 2008-2009: Provincial of the Franciscans in South Africa. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 03/02/2014)

Pope Francis appoints new bishop for Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth

Denis Hurley in 2014 – Justice & Peace in South Africa

Jesuits SA LogoBy Anthony Egan SJ
Ten years ago this week, on 13 February 2004 to be precise, Denis Hurley OMI the retired Catholic archbishop of Durban died.  As a priest and bishop, as a theologian and religious leader in the struggle against apartheid, he made perhaps the greatest contribution to putting Catholicism firmly in the South African public square.
Before him, the Catholic Church in South Africa was cautious and quite inward-looking. Prohibited during Dutch rule, coolly tolerated by the British, and treated with intense suspicion after the Union of South Africa in 1910, the Church was (unsurprisingly) cautious in challenging apartheid. With the majority of its clergy foreign-born and thus vulnerable to deportation it was encouraged even by the Vatican to ‘play it safe’ after the 1948 National Party election victory. But Hurley, a white South African by birth, Oblate priest and bishop since 1946, thought differently. He believed that it was a matter of faith to oppose apartheid. FULL TEXT in PDF

Visit of MSOLA Sisters at Woodlands

Croix MSOLAThe community of Woodlands was very pleased to welcome the MSOLA Sisters on the 11th February 2014. Among them, the Superior General Sister Carmen Sammut and Sister Maria del Carmen Ocon Moteno, General Assistant, from Rome. Then, Sister Margaret Kennedy, Regional East African Region. Sister Flora Ridder is a member of the MSOLA community in Lusaka.

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Pope Francis appoints Fr. Moses Hamungole new bishop of Monze

Moses Hamungole copieBy Masuzyo Chakwe, The Post Neswpaper, Zambia, Mon 10 Feb. 2014
POPE Francis has appointed Fr. Moses Hamungole as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Monze. Zambia Episcopal Conference spokesperson Father Paul Samasumo said yesterday that the bishop-elect was a Diocesan priest of Lusaka Archdiocese.
Fr Samasumo said until his appointment, Fr Hamungole had been working as the director of English service Africa and Kiswahili radio programmes at the Vatican Radio in Rome, Italy. He said the current Bishop of Monze, Right Rev Emilio Patriarca, would continue in his role until Fr Hamungole was ordained on a date to be announced. Fr Samasumo said Fr Hamungole was born on May 1, 1967 in Kafue.
The Post Online“He started his junior secondary school at Kafue Boys but completed his senior secondary school education, in 1986, at Mukasa Minor Seminary School in Choma. In 1987, he was accepted to study philosophy and started his priestly studies at St Augustine’s Major Seminary in Mpima, Kabwe. Later, in 1990, he proceeded to St Dominic’s Major Seminary in Lusaka for pastoral and theological studies. He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1994,” he said. “After his ordination as a priest on 6 August ,1994, Fr Hamungole worked as an assistant parish priest in Lusaka and Kabwe before being appointed to the then Yatsani TV Production studios (now CMS-TV Production studios) as studio manager, in 1997. Two years later, he proceeded to study at the Gregorian University in Rome where, in 2002, he graduated with a Licentiate in Social Science.”
Fr Samasumo said Fr Hamungole had also worked at AMECEA secretariat as secretary of social communications in Nairobi, Kenya between 2002 and 2009.
“During this time, he was also president of SIGNIS Africa. (SIGNIS is the world association of Catholic communicators). While working at the Vatican Radio, Fr. Hamungole has also been studying as a doctoral student of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium,” said Fr Samasumo.

Victory for African Knowledge Systems

SanfomasBy Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr
I was privileged to be in South Africa when the funeral of Nelson Mandela took place. But I was attracted by an unusual article published by The Sunday Independent newspaper on the 22nd December 2013.
“The Supreme Court of Appeal has taken a giant step in recognising the wisdom of our ancestors, and the upliftment of indigenous beliefs” wrote Annelie de Wet. In short, it is about a case whereby the Court gave justice to Johanna Mmoledi (46), a sangoma, who won against her former employer. She was fired for taking a month’s unpaid leave in order to finish her thwasa process – an African spriritual/psyshological healing process followed by initiation.
Sunday_Independent_(South_Africa)The Court acknowledged that “Mmoledi’s ailment does fit in with the pre-existing African knowledge system of ukubizwa (the ancestral call, manifesting as a set of objectivity known psychological and physical ailments) and thwasa…” Even though, the judgment seems to maintain a narrow reduced definition of African traditional healing (ATH) as a “belief system”, the door has been opened whereby an employer runs “a serious risk by dismissing employees’ cultural issues summarily without trying to understand their import”.
“Yet western psychologists are ‘objective’ enough to appear as expert witnesses. And they are professionals who uphold the reality of unseen forces such as the psyche, or the unconstious – just like sangomas upholding unseen ancestral forces.”
Beyond this labour case dispute, this saga shows that “knowledge of the subjectivity and fluidity of proples’ most cherished assumptions – even what is called scientific evidence – removes the basis for intellectual imperialism in a multi-cultural society.” What a victory indeed!
In other words, “seen from a therapeutic point of view, ancestral practices, through ritual and ceremony, offer a most powerful and healing entrance into the universal human unconscious.”
Dreams_Fenza_bookIn my view, this article supports the research published by FENZA published in January 2013 entitled “Dreams. Where do Biblical, Zambian and Western Approaches Meet?” More specifically, the fifth chapter entitled “Zambian approaches to dreams and Western psychology: towards a pastoral approach” by Bernhard Udelhoven, makes a significant contribution in our worldwide perception by saying that “attempts to positively combine Western and Zambian approaches in a way that remains true and respectful to the different understandings of human life, start maybe by nature from a postmodern paradigm: building on assumptions of epistemological pluralism (meaning an awareness that no single theoretical framework can explain reality in its totality), different theoretical foundations – even when they seem to be mutually exclusive – are allowed to stand side by side so as to come to a fuller appreciation of reality.” (page 80)
Full article from the newspaper – PDF

Open Day at Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art

Kungoni LogoJean-Baptiste Champmartin 1908Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art was establish in 1976 by Claude Boucher Chisale at Mua Mission to celebrate the wealth of Malawi’s cultural and artistic inheritance.
The first Saturday of August is devoted to an of public thanksgiving in which all those who have contributed to the life of Kungoni Centre and Mua Mission over the years are remembered in song and dance. The Open Day is named in honour of Jean-Baptiste Champmartin (Bambo Chamare), who served at Mua Mission from 1908 till 1949.

Each year a team is chosen for the Open Day. The theme of 2013 was about ‘change’. The celebration offers a reflection on the Chewa proverbs that advises cautious acceptance in the face of ‘change’: “Time cannot be stopped. When you see what is new, don’t through away the past!”
Join us in reliving the Open Day of 3rd August 2013 with the following DVDs: Inculturated Eucharistic Celebration (Vol. 1). Chisudzo: A play to measure the present by reflection on the past (Vol. 2). Cultural Danse (Vol. 3). 
Takulandirani! You are welcome! 
The next Open Day will be held at Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art on Saturday the 2nd August 2014.

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Day different from others in Mansa, Zambia

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BISHOP Patrick ChisangaFebruary 7, 2014 
FEBRUARY 1 2014, was like any other day…but it will remain a memorable day for the most people of Mansa, particularly members of the Catholic Church. Hundreds of the church members from all over Zambia and from the neighbouring countries gathered at Don Boscoe’s grounds of St James Parish in Chimese, just almost a kilometer away from Mansa central business district. The aim of the gathering was to witness the consecration of a Catholic priest, Father Patrick Chisanga as the Bishop of Mansa Diocese. The diocese had no bishop for five years. FULL STORY
Also on SAP Blog: Episcopal Ordination of Tr Rev. Patrick Chisanga OFM Conv

Leaked draft constitution by Zambian Watchdog

Zambian WatchdogA critical website [1], the Zambian Watchdog, one of which President Michael Sata and his cadres dismiss as a rogue media outlet has leaked one of the ruling party’s most guarded secrets – the draft constitution.
The 264 page document was leaked the night of Wednesday, January 14, 2014 and has since gone viral with members of the public whom President Sata did not want to give the document – at least for now – accessing it.
President Sata had promised to deliver a constitution with 90 days of assuming power on September 22, 2011 but now in his three years of governance the promise like many others has gone unfulfilled.
Although President Sata appointed a Technical Committee to Draft the constitution, whose among the many terms of reference, was to release the document simultaneously the Head of State reneged and demanded only 10 copies.
This outraged the public and a well organised Prayer Vigil was massively attended to demand the release of the constitution but those calls from members of the public, the church, civil society organisation, students and opposition fell on deaf ears.
However, Zambians will cry no more for the document as the Zambian Watchdog – blocked from access within Zambia – has given it out in its draft form as compiled by the Technical Committee in August 2013.
The draft constitution contains all the contentious clauses President Sata is opposing including the 50+1 threshold to elect a president, a presidential running mate and dual citizenship clause, among others.
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[1] The Zambian Watchdog, a private online publication which exposes alleged government corruption, has been blocked by the government. See: