Share WORLD Open University – Honorary Doctorate Award given to Fr. Claude Boucher Chisale, M.Afr

IMG_6418 Receiving Honorary degree-m - Copie_modifié-1MISSIO Conference on Inculturation on 23/11/2014, Lilongwe, Malawi. Sharing by Fr Claude Boucher Chisale, M.Afr

“This talk is going to be more of a sharing of experiences of 48 years of practical inculturation within the Malawi context both on catechetical, liturgical and artistic inculturation.”

Those are introduction words of Father Boucher giving his talk to a group of experts convened by Missio who met recently in Lilongwe and Mua. On the eve of the meeting Claude received an honorary doctorate from Ivan Reed, the Chancellor of the Share World Open University, at the Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe. 

Find the content of the life story of Father Boucher in the following PDF file given at Missio Conference on Inculturation on 23rd November 2014.

IMG_6430 Receiving Honorary degree-m - Copie_modifié-1Our sincere congratulation to our confrere Claude Boucher for this remarkable achievement. The following are his conclusive words: “The unfolding of the Kungoni activities as a Centre for Culture and Art followed very much my own personal growth. Though inculturation was the ultimate target right from the time of my arrival, the years 1967 to 1970 had to be spent in learning to speak. The period of 1970 to 1976 taught me to think in the culture. The period of 1977 to 2000 brought about the possibility of acting in the culture by establishing the Kungoni Centre and its various activities. The period of 2001 to 2014 was blessed with several publications and the need to reflect on the past and on the history of the Centre. Together with a team, I look forward to publishing online the summary of its activities and its major achievements. This is the database mentioned above. As an appendix to this work, the urgent need to show greater concern for Malawi’s environment that is presently at risk. I would very much like to spend my remaining years and energy on browsing over my voluminous notes and do more publishing for further generation. I am presently working on a pre-Christian spirituality of the Chewa. I would also like to spend more time at painting my inner experience of my real home, my only home, Malawi.”

IMG_6432 Honorary Degree-m - Copie_modifié-1Share WORLD Open University – Honorary Doctorate Award

Upon the authority of the Senatus Academicius through the University Council of Share WORLD Open University, and the nomination and recommendation thereof Fr. Claude Boucher Chisale is awarded the Degree of Doctor in Philosophy in Cultural Anthropology and Heritage Management, Honoris Causa will all honours, rights and priviledges belonging to that Degree. In witness thereof we have signed and sealed this instrument on the 22nd day of November 2014.

Chancellor Yvan Reid

Police and Church partner to combat Human Trafficking at London

Santa-Marta-Group-2nd-Conference-bannerTaking the lead on human trafficking: Second international conference of the Santa Marta Group
Lancaster House, London, 5-6 December 2014

Police chiefs and Church representatives from across the world are coming to London to join Home Office ministers for a Conference aimed at developing strategies to combat human trafficking. The guiding principle of the Santa Marta Group is always to keep the welfare of the trafficked victim at the heart of all law enforcement. 

The conference, which will take place in London on 5-6 December, is being organised by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Home Office.

The delegates are coming at the invitation of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. The conference has been organised with the full support of the Home Office, which is hosting the event at Lancaster House, and will be addressed by the Home Secretary Theresa May, and the Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime, Karen Bradley. 

At the launch of the Santa Marta Group, named after the Papal residence where the participants stayed, in April 2014 Pope Francis described human trafficking as “an open wound on the body of contemporary society; a crime against humanity”. 

The Santa Marta Group, led by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Cardinal Nichols is an alliance of international police chiefs and Bishops from around the world, working together with civil society to eradicate human trafficking and provide pastoral care to victims. It seeks to develop strategies in prevention, pastoral care and re-integration by working together internationally. 

At its launch, the police chiefs signed a declaration of commitment in which they stated: “As senior law enforcement officials within the international community, we commit to eradicate the scourge of this serious criminal activity, which abuses vulnerable people.” 

The conference at Lancaster House will also showcase and build on the joint police and church initiative in London that has been running for the past three years; a collaboration that is to be copied and adapted around the world. 

Training modules and good practice will be shared and developed. Closer collaboration will also enable joint investigations between law enforcement agencies enabling a more co-ordinated international approach to rid the world from the scourge of the world’s second most profitable crime: estimated by the International Labour Organisation to generate $32bn annual profits for criminals, with 2.4 million people trafficked globally at any given time. 

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “I am delighted to be hosting the Santa Marta Conference, a forum dedicated to the eradication of Modern Slavery which brings together police chiefs and bishops from across the globe. 

“This government has taken great strides to tackle this abhorrent crime. The publication of the Modern Slavery Bill is the first of its kind in Europe and gives law enforcement the tools they need to target slave drivers, ensuring their prosecution as well as the protection of their victims. 

“But this is a problem that cannot be addressed through legislation alone. It requires action at all levels of society. That is why, last week, we published the Modern Slavery Strategy which makes it clear we must work together to tackle exploitation both here and overseas.” 

Cardinal Nichols said: “The Santa Marta Group is not about theory; it is focused on rescuing people who have become victims of trafficking and find themselves in an impossible situation.

“We meet again in London to continue this important collaboration between Church, police, government and civil society, reporting on the progress made this year and planning future area of work. Since April, The Church has launched the Bakhita Initiative, comprising a refuge for victims and a hub where good practice on prevention, pastoral care and reintegration will be developed and disseminated nationally and internationally, in addition to the ongoing work of the Santa Marta Group. 

“The work against trafficking lies at the heart of the Church’s pastoral concern and ministry. There is much to be done, but the emergence of the Santa Marta Group’s international network is an important step towards helping the victims and fighting this crime.”

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “I am proud that London is hosting the second Santa Marta Conference. It allows us to highlight human trafficking on an international platform and demonstrate the determination of church leaders, communities and our policing colleagues worldwide to combat these horrendous crimes. 

“Knowing the full scale of the problem is an almost impossible task as those most vulnerable to exploitation often live at the margins of our society and the criminals hide in the shadows.

“However, this must not stop those who can help, from all nations, making the commitment to do everything they can to enable trafficking victims to escape the clutches of their captors and bring the criminals involved to justice. 

“We know our collective efforts are not adequate to end this modern form of slavery and therefore we must all do more.”