A Time to Forgive – South Africa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFr. Louis Blondel, M.Afr, was brutally murdered in a botched robbery in his mission, in Diepsloot a township south west of Pretoria, South Africa in the early hours of Monday December 7th 2009. The robbers, all teenagers had gained access to the mission through a window, awakened a fellow missionary in the house (Fr. Guido Bourgeois); helped themselves to a watch, mobile phone, two second-hand computers and the equivalent of $5; when Fr. Louis was also awakened by the commotion, as he opened his bedroom door to investigate, a single shot rang out that killed him instantly. The assailant and other four ran in panic! (…)
In the course of 2013 the condemned young man through the intermediary of his sister approached Fr. Sean saying that he wanted to be forgiven.  (…) READ MORE
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Father Louis Blondel Centre

Opening of the Fr. Louis Blondel Centre Diepsloot, South Africa


Bishop Named for Kasongo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Placide LubambaBishop-elect Is Missionary of Africa, With Studies in Social Communications
Rome, March 11, 2014 (Zenit.org)
The Holy Father appointed Missionary of Africa priest Fr. Placide Lubamba Ndjibu, 54, as bishop of Kasongo, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The diocese has a population of some 1.7 million, with 570,000 Catholics. They are served by 59 priests and 21 religious.
Placide Lubamba Ndjibu was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1959, and was ordained a priest in 1991.
He completed his studies in theology at the Catholic Institute of Tolosa, France, and studied journalism and social communications at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of the Sacred Heart parish in Manzeze, Tanzania, editor of the KARIBU bulletin in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, and chaplain of the Wima High School and the Saio military camp, Bukavu, and priest of the St. Bernadette parish in Lubumbashi.
Since 2010 he is the provincial of the White Fathers for Central Africa (Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo).
RDC : Mgr Placide Lubamba Ndjibu évêque de Kasongo
Rome, 11 mars 2014 (Zenit.orgAnita Bourdin 
En République démocratique du Congo (RDC), le pape François a nommé évêque de Kasongo Mgr Placide Lubamba Ndjibu, qui est Missionnaire d’Afrique (Pères Blancs), et qui était jusqu’ici supérieur provincial de sa congrégation pour le Burundi, la RDC et le Rwanda.
Mgr Lubamba Ndjibu, est âgé de 54 ans. Il est né dans le diocèse de Lubumbashi, et il a fait ses études au grand séminaire de Bukavu, puis son noviciat en Allemagne, à Fribourg (1985-1986). Il a complété son expérience pastorale dans le diocèse de Nouna-Dédougou (Burkina Faso, 1986-1988) avant d’achever sa théologie à l’Institut catholique de Toulouse (France, 1988-1991). Il a été ordonné prêtre en 1991.
Il a ensuite exercé son ministère en paroisse à Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso), avant de faire des études en communication et journalisme à Fribourg (1994-1996) et de travailler à la revue des Père Blancs « Vivant Univers » (Belgique, 1996-1998).
Il a repris un service pastoral en paroisse en Tanzanie (1998-2002), avant de devenir rédacteur du bulletin « Karibu », à Bukavu, tout en étant aumônier de lycée. Il a ensuite été curé à Lubumbashi (2007-2010).
Depuis septembre 2010, il résidait à Bukavu (RDC), en tant que provincial des Pères Blancs pour l’Afrique centrale.

Strengthening the Vision of Our Destiny – Malawi

Episcopal Conference Malawi LogoGeorge Buleya 1Rev. Fr. George Buleya, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, is proposing a Lenten reflection aiming at guiding priests to prepare their sermons in view of the forthcoming Tripartite Elections in Malawi.
Find in the first PDF file the message of Fr. Buleya.
The second PDF file presents the guidelines for the first Sunday of Lent.
The third PDF file presents the guidelines for the second Sunday of Lent.
The document has three objectives. Firstly, it acts as an inspiration to the clergy as they prepare to disseminate God’s Word during this period of Lent and the celebration of Easter.  Secondly, it provides critical reflection notes and questions for discussion in such groups as the Small Christian Communities, Justice and Peace Meetings, Youth Groups, Lay movements, and various other Election discussion fora. Finally and above all, this document is intended to inspire people towards personal reflection, prayer and conversion in this Lenten and Easter Seasons. This is a pastoral initiative intended at motivating Christians during this period to think about their positive role and engagement in shaping the future of this nation.