Some news of Jean-Louis Godinot (Mpundu) who was attacked by a crocodile in December 2014.


Jean-Louis GodinotAs some might have heard, I was caught by a crocodile on the 20th December. I was taken three times to the bottom of the river which I was crossing swimming. Fortunately, I managed to pierce one eye of my enemy, which left me with a left hand in very bad condition. I was very lucky to survive.

In the hospital of Kasama, they did not realize that there were some smashed and dislocated bones. I got plenty of injections and antibiotics. But it was not enough as an infection started. When we could make a new radiography, the doctor discovered the disaster and told me that I was starting a ‘scepticemy’ (general infection of the blood) and that I could get as well a ‘osteite’ (infection of the bones). I was advised to go home.

Crocodile-farm-August-2014-12I left Lua-Luo for Lusaka on the 7th January. The following day, I was admitted in the afternoon in a hospital specialized in the traumatisms of the hand. I was operated on the 11thJanuary. I was told that there was a possibility of cutting my index. But they succeeded to keep it. They could remove all the smashed bones, which were in a bath of pus. I could leave the hospital on 16th January and be taken care by one of my sisters who is a nurse. Antibiotics, pain killers and five injections a day. And many exercises for re-education.

I will visit Patrick Bataille in Paris on the 9th February. Then, I went on the 29th January for a review. They could remove the stiches. But they want me to be still on antibiotics (oral and injections) till the 16th February. Then, 2 weeks without antibiotics and new visit at the hospital on the 3rd March.

I was very disappointed, I had hoped to be back in Zambia beginning of February. But the doctors will not let me go before they are sure there is no danger of a new infection of the blood or of the bones. They are still ‘cultivating’ in laboratory the germs they found. Crocodiles do not brush often their teeth!

Right now, I am at my twin brother’s place (the doctor). Then I will go to visit my other brothers and sisters, as long as I can get my injections.

Here, it is cold and we have snow. I feel sorry for my confreres of Lua-Luo, for the students, especially those of St-Matthew’s team: Paul, Bishop, Cyprian, Gildas and Edmond. I should be back around the 8th March.

Greetings to all of you, and many thanks for your prayers,

 Jean-Louis / Mpundu. (I might be without internet from time to time…)

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Zolozolo, Mzuzu, Malawi


Zolozolo July 2014 07_modifié-1We are pleased to inform you of the creation of St-Thomas the Apostle Parish, Zolozolo. This new Parish will cover what is presently known as Zolozolo Sector of St-Peter’s Cathedral and will include Choma and Bigha of St-Augustine Parish. The Missionaries of Africa will take care of this Parish and to this effect we have appointed Rev. Fr. Richard Deschênes as Parish Priest. For the smooth transition, the new Parish team will work closely with both St. Peter’s and St. Augustine’s Parishes.

Parish Team members: Fr.Richard Decshenes, Sr. Anna, Fr. Filiyanus Ekka, Domnic Banda and Br. Richard Dery

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 31 janvier 2015


cropped-mafrwestafrica-02.jpgAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :

Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Lettre de Laghouat Ghardaia, Janvier 2015 »
, la dernière édition de la publication de ce diocèse d’Algérie, écrite par Mgr Claude Rault- (lire la suite) 
« 20ème Anniversaire de la mort des Pères de Tizi Ouzou »
. C’était il y a un mois que cette commémoration a eu lieu, puisque c’est le 27 décembre 1994 que les 4 pères ont été assassinés. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« Partager et vivre l’Evangile » : 
une publication du Supérieur Général des Missionnaires d’Afrique, le père Richard Baawobr. (lire la suite)
« Jésus nous libère » un article du Père Bernard Delay paru dans Voix d’Afrique du mois de décembre 2014 : quel dialogue entre la foi chrétienne et la religion traditionnelle du peuple Sénoufo ? (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Semaine pour l’unité des chrétiens »,
 qui s’est tenue du 18 au 25 janvier 2015. Nous reproduisons quelques textes soumis par le conseil pontifical pour l’unité des chrétiens. (lire la suite) 
« Les chrétiens du Niger soumis à la violence 
» Il est difficile de comprendre le pourquoi de la violence des actes anti-chrétiens commis par de nombreux manifestants, tout particulièrement à Zinder et Niamey. (lire la suite) 
« Quel dialogue islamo-chrétien aujourd’hui ? »
 quelques réflexions qui permettent de considérer sous divers angles les événements récents qui mettent en péril ce dialogue (lire la suite)
« 50 ans du PISAI » L’Institut Pontifical d’Etudes Arables et islamiques célèbre ses 50 ans d’existence à Rome (lire la suite)
« Bulletin ARCREn° 107 du 29 janvier 2015 » quelques extraites de la dernière édition de cette publication de l’Actioni pour la Rencontre des Cultures et des Religions en Europe (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » : 
« Le Pape François et les migrants »
, la journée de prière pour les migrants a été fixée au 18 janvier 2015, même si le message du pape dans ce domaine date du mois de septembre 2014. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« L’Afrique et les écoles primaires » 
un article qui souligne les difficultés que rencontre l’enseignement des enfants en Afrique subsaharienne, mais laisse percer l’espoir d’une bonne évolution. (lire la suite)

Maize and Ivory, report about the life of the people of Chiawa village in Zambia


Maise and Ivory 06 - CopieMaize and Ivory, by Barbara Brustlein, pictures by Jörg Böthling.

Barbara and Jörg spent few day at Woodlands at this time of the rainy season in 2014. We are privilege to publish in SAP Blog their article published Missio Mafazin, Jan./Feb. 1/15, 2015

People live in a buffer-zone where humans and wild animals cohabit just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park. The farmers are allegedly profiting from the tourists attraction only to be threaten by elephants and hippos which are destroying their crops.

Every night, while watching their fields in turn, Starfred Chimwanja, 56, and his wife Mebo are paying attention to any sound. It has been like this for weeks. “The corn is ripe. If we go to sleep this evening, our field will be stripped bare”, says Starfred. So, they stay awake, armed with a shot-gun to give warnings against the intruders: elephants, porcupines, hippos and baboons. Those animals are attracted by the ripe corn. Chiawa, their village, is situated just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park. From the point of view of the farmers, the game management authority of the National Park favour the animals rather than assisting the farmers in protecting their crops.

Maise and Ivory 01Only few safari-tourists are coming in this rainy season. Roads turn into ponds of mud. Even four wheel drive vehicles cannot pass. Being only at two hours drive from Lusaka in dry season, Chiawa is secluded or cut off at this time of the year.

In a couple of weeks, when the rainy season is over and some roads can be used, the tourists will come and fill the lodges that are located alongside the slow stream of the river Zambezi like pearls on a string. It costs 200 dollars per night in a lodge which are only accessible by speedboat.

The tourists are an important source of income for many people such as Dasmat, a 40-year old man with the AK-47 in his hands. He is usually employed by one of the lodges to escort holiday-guests on their tours. As the luxury lodges are still more or less empty, he is currently busy with his second job: “I protect animals from poachers and I protect people’s fields from the animals.”

Dasmat is paid by the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA). How is he performing in his task is highly controversial. “A wild elephant devastated our field for three days” says Ekrin Mpona, 43, a local farmer. Only when our crops were completely smashed that a ZAWA man shot the elephant down. She stands in the middle of her field pointing at the remains of her crops as well as some huge bones of the elephant. “People cooked the meat of the elephant and celebrated for four days”, says Father Paul Sakala. “That is terrible. Someone has to see the point of view of these people. They have always been here and they have to survive from their land.”

Father Paul, 55, has come from Lusaka. He has been sent as a priest to the surrounding of Chiawa four years ago where humans and wild animals are expected to coexist.

He lives at the shore of the Zambezi in a renting house provided by the Chief of Chiawa, a Lady-Chief called Christine Mambo. A flock of visitors stands waiting in front of her house. The 64 year old lady is sitting on a white plastic chair some metres in front of her house door. Her advisors are on her left and right sides. The people who are waiting are overweight White people in khaki trousers and half open shirts. “Investors from Zimbabwe or South Africa”, guesses Father Paul who is familiar to see crowds around the house of his influential neighbour. “This land belongs to the clan. Nothing is agreed upon without the signature of the Chief.”

Before the investors are allowed to speak, they have to go through the traditional greetings of respect. One of the advisors is showing the correct movements while the visitors try to imitate him. Christine Mambo watches silently without moving a lid. “This is a world of its own”, says Father Paul. “Those who do not respect the traditions are leaving empty hands.” That is obviously not the intention of today’s visitors. Each one performs the exercises according to the procedure. Will the visit pay off? The Chief says: “You all want to build lodges and build them alongside the Zambezi. We have really got enough of them. But the country is lacking infrastructures and people have no jobs. I would still see some possibilities there.”

As a matter of fact, 18,000 people live in and around Chiawa, their ancestors’ land. The National Park is within its boundaries. “Foreigners come to see our elephants. But they don´t see the damage that they cause”, says the Chief. “But without the park, we would be without wildlife anymore. How can you convince people that they should stop poaching when they can make quick and good money doing it?”

The government wants to make money too. In 2010, Zambia wanted a limited opening for ivory trade but did not succeed. If they had been successful, it would have been fatal for the elephant population. Animal rights activists were relieved.

What shall be done to make people and wild animals coexist around the National Parks? Some demand that the government supply them with electric fences. For Father Paul, this is not a solution. “It may be good in some cases but people forget that they will be fenced themselves like in a zoo”. That’s not too implausible as some lodges offer jeep-tours around the village. According to Isaiah Museto “the tourists come to look at us like animals in a zoo”. Museto works at the local court. He is also a member of the village council. “It is annoying but what is really upsetting us is the issue of land property traditionally under the ‘ownership’ of the Chief acting on behalf of the community. The government wants to get rid of this concept. If happening, we would be left unprotected”.

“I am honestly sorry for the local population”, says Davie Visser, 55. “They go nowhere and there is a number of reasons for that.” Visser gaze glides from the terrace behind his house over a vast field covered with ripe corn. Zimbabwe is on the other side of the Zambezi. The view is fabulous. It used to be his family home for three generations until Robert Mugabe confiscated the land and chased them all.

Crossing the river, Visser rented a fertile land and started rebuilding his existence. “I also have the hippos in my fields every night”, he says. “And since the baboons have no natural enemies like leopards and lions anymore, thing have gotten terrible with them.”

There is nothing that the farmers have not tried to keep the animals away: drums, burning chili, plastic or tyres. At the end, animals got used to anything. “They follow ancient routes. One can make them choose another way but it will only be in somebody else’s field. We have to face the fact that we live with animals and will always lose part of our crops”.

Visser adds: “There´s one more thing. What I have achieved so far, a Zambian could never achieved it for a very simple reason. With the first signs of success, his relatives are in front of his door asking for their share.” Father Paul nods while the framer speaks. Four years in these surroundings have taught him to be thankful for the achievement made. “Hopefully, in one or two generations, the people in this surrounding will no longer be poor workers instead of a lucky few who profit from rich tourists. It is also my dream that they will protect wild animals.”

A big challenge for the people of Chief Mambo. Chinese firms are not building roads for nothing. Indeed, copper and gold lie beneath the hills of Zambia. It is the case where Starfred Chimwanja and his wife Mebo cultivate. Some signatures on a possible contract and the night vigils to guard the field would be history. What would it means for wild animals is a different story. “The most terrible predators are humans”, says Davie Visser while looking at the Zimbabwean side of the river Zambezi.

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Pope gives go-ahead for SA’s first saint


The Star LogoPontiff invited for a visit to coincide with beatification

By Anna Cox from The STAR – Thursday January 29, 2015

SOUTH Africa is set to have its first saint and martyr Benedict Daswa. Last week Pope Francis authorised the signing of the proclamation for the beatification of Daswa, a lay person from Limpopo who opposed witchcraft. The ceremony could take place as early as October.

In honour of the occasion, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has invited Pope Francis to come out for a pastoral visit to coincide with the celebration.

Usually the pope conducts only canonisation ceremonies, but it was felt that because it was such a special occasion for South Africa and because the country had never had a formal papal visit before, it would be the ideal time.

Archbishop of Joburg Buti Tlhagale said it was a momentous occasion for all South Africans, and especially for the country’s 4 million Catholics. “This is the first South African saint. We have been waiting to have our own saint for years. Having our own saint means having our own spokesman in heaven – a model of someone who believes and dies for his faith.

“Most of the time we hear about this – but it happens in other places and other times. This time, we have our own martyr who lived in the same time and country as ourselves. It is most striking and inspiring. “Once the country wakes up to this, they will realise what an achievement it is to have had someone among us who stood up for his faith amid great opposition, against the cultural convictions of certain people, and openly opposed witchcraft in a bid to stand for his faith”, said Tlhagale.

Preparations have started for the ceremony, which is expected to take place at the Thohoyandou Stadium in Limpopo. “We will be encouraging Catholics from all over the country to be there”, Tlhagale said.

If Pope Francis accepts the invitation, the government would have to be consulted as the visit would involve a head of state, and proper security would have to be provided. “However, if the pope cannot make the beatification ceremony, we hope he will come next year for the canonisation – the invitation is an open one”, said Tlhagale.

Daswa, 44, was born in Mbahe village in Limpopo. He became a Catholic while training to become an elementary school teacher. Daswa eventually built a church and a school there, becoming its principal.

He was opposed to witch-hunts and took a stand against them because they were leading to the killing of innocent people accused of witchcraft. Daswa rejected the use of muti or traditional medicines for protection against evil or for success in business, marriage and other areas of life.

Benedick Daswa
Benedict Daswa, who died for his faith, is likely to be beatified in October.

In 1990, Daswa refused to give money towards the hunt for a witch. A few days later, on February 2, he was stoned and bludgeoned to death. The diocese of Tzaneen opened an inquiry into Daswa’s death that ended in July 2009.

It resulted in 850 pages of testimonies from people who witnessed the life and death of Daswa. This was forwarded to Archbishop Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, after they were signed by the then-bishop of Tzaneen, Hugh Slattery. Chancellor Father Andre Bohas MSC was the postulator in Daswa’s beatification and canonisation cause.

The Catholic Church has purchased land at Mbahe and is hoping to develop a R25 million pilgrimage and shrine site in his honour. The process has taken 15 years.

Death Announcement: Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza


Death Announcement Joseph Zuza Jan 2015The Catholic Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) regrets to announce the death of His Lordship Joseph Mukasa Zuza, Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu and Chairman for ECM. Bishop Zuza was involved in a road accident in Chikangawa and   passed on at Saint John Hospital on 15th January 2015.

Requiem mass for his repose shall be held on Monday, 19th January 2015, at St Peters Cathedral in Mzuzu, starting from 10.00 AM. Burial shall be held at Katoto, near the bishop’s house.

His   Excellency, The Most Reverend Archbishop Julio Murat, The Apostolic Nuncio for Malawi and Zambia will preside the Requiem mass.

Right   Reverend Zuza was born on 22 October 1955 at Malembo Village, T.A.  Chief Mbelwa, Mzimba District; ordained priest on 25 July 1982; appointed Bishop of Mzuzu on 9th March 1995 and consecrated on 6th May 1995.

Bishop Zuza has held several positions in the Church on local and regional (AMECEA) level. On local level, he once served as Vice Chairman of ECM; Chairman for Justice and Peace Commission (CCJP); Chairman for Education Commission; Chairman for the Mixed Commission. On regional level he once served as Malawi Delegate in the AMECEA Executive Board; Chairman of AMECEA Staffing Committee (2008 – 2011);

As   Chairman for   ECM Right Rev. Joseph Mukasa Zuza   has   died   while   serving as Chancelor of the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA). On Saturday, 10th January, Bishop Zuza inaugurated the Jubilee Year for Kachebere Major Seminary.

Tragic death of Bishop Rt. Rev. Joseph Mkasa Zuza in Mzuzu, Malawi

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Declaration of Intent of Martin Somda in South Africa – 18th January 2015


Martin Somda 2014Greetings from South-Africa! Hoping you have all entered very well in the New Year. I am Martin Somda stagiaire in Henley parish, South Africa. I would like to let you know that I will be doing the renewal of my declaration of intent on the coming Sunday the 18th January. It will be done at the parish in the presence of the confrères around and parishioners. Phillipe Docq, Delegate Superior of South Africa Sector, will be the one receiving my renewal of declaration of intent. I recommend myself to your prayers as elders in the M.Afr Society and support for a fruitful time of formation.

Martin Somda, Stagiaire, Henley parish, South Africa

MIMSAF Celebrates Family Day – 3rd January 2015


MIMSAF LOGO_modifié-1By Theresa Sikateyo

Families of the Lay Association of the Missionaries of Africa in Zambia, MIMSAF, came together to celebrate their annual event “Family Day” on 3rd January 2015 at St Lawrence Parish, Lusaka where Fr. Toon van Kessel is Parish Priest. The occasion was prayerful and educative. Day activities included Mass which was celebrated by the Provincial, Fr. Christopher Chileshe and concelebrated by Fr. Mark Nsanzurwimo and MIMSAF Chaplain Fr. Owino D. Vitalis.

Input on the mission of the Missionaries of Africa facilitated by the Provincial Fr. Christopher Chileshe.  “In 2010, he said, we described ourselves as “Men of hope”; we meditate on Christ’s incarnation and are inspired by Him to proclaim and promote a better world”. He described the mission around two themes. Encounter / Dialogue with cultures different from Christianity (ED) and Justice and Peace, Integrity of Creation (JPIC). The input was described as being very informative and gave a better understanding of what the Missionaries of Africa are involved in”. 

The provincial also reminded and invited the MIMSAF Family to join the Religious in celebrating the year of Consecrated life which has been declared by Pope Francis. The Launch for Lusaka Archdiocese is scheduled for 7th February, 2015 at the Marian Shrine and MIMSAF was encouraged to take part.

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 15 janvier 2015


cropped-mafrwestafrica-02.jpgAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :

Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :

« Les statistiques des Missionnaires d’Afrique », en ce début d’année 2015, des chiffres publiés sur le site www.mafrome.org et que nous reprenons ici. (lire la suite) 

« Décès du Père Robert Kaggwa », décès survenu brutalement en Angleterre, où le Père Kaggwa, originaire d’Ouganda se trouvait depuis quelques années; (lire la suite)

« Confrères ayant travaillé dans la PAO et décédés en 2015 » : ils sont déjà 3 en ce 15 janvier 2015, ayant tous trois travaillé au Burkina Faso.(lire la suite)

« Je suis Charlie » quelques éléments et liens suite aux attentats terroristes commis sur le territoire français La mobilisation des gens était sans précédent, mais de nombreuses questions se posent (lire la suite) 

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages »,

« Jubilaires 2015 » : les noms des Missionnaires d’Afrique qui célébreront au cours de l’année 2015 un jubilé du jour où ils ont prononcé leur serment missionnaire les engageant à vie au service de la mission en Afrique. (lire la suite)

« Dernier bulletin de l’AET Ségou ». Merci à son directeur sortant Jean Dzene, origiinaire du Togo et ancien candidat M.Afr d’en avoir envoyé une copie pour publication. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Le site du CFR et de l’IFIC à Bamako », une présentation de ce site qui est disponible sur internet grâce au Père Dariusz Zielinski, qui a réalisé un beau travail. (lire la suite)

« Charlie Hebdo, et après ? » quelques éléments de réflexion et quelques questions qui se posent suite aux attentats commis en France les 7 et 9 janvier 2015 – Merci une fois de plus au site de l’ARCRE. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :

« Le Pape François toujours à l’affiche », son message de paix du 1er janvier 2015 appelle à la fin de l’esclavage. Le Saint Père est par ailleurs toujours une personne très populaire, et très actif dans le domaine du dialogue. (lire la suite)

« Les migrants à Calais ». Ils sont nombreux, ceux qui souhaitent rejoindre la Grande Bretagne et attendent l’occasion de le faire. Les autorités françaises sont gênées par leur présence. L’évêque d’Arras a réagi à leur attitude en 2014 mais les choses n’évoluent pas dans le bon sens. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud »

« La transition au Burkina sera-t-elle favorable aux paysans ? » : les réflexions et remarques du Père Maurice Oudet, Missionnaire d’Afrique et président du SEDELAN (lire la suite) 

Tragic death of Bishop Rt. Rev. Joseph Mkasa Zuza in Mzuzu, Malawi


Rt. Rev. Martin Mtumbuka and Rt. Rev. Joseph Mkasa Zuza
Rt. Rev. Martin Mtumbuka and Rt. Rev. Joseph Mkasa Zuza

Dear All,
I just received the sad news from Filiyanus Ekka that Bishop Zuza died earlier this afternoon.
Filiyanus, one of our confrères, was travelling back to Mzuzu from Lilongwe by bus when he saw the bishop’s car by the side of the road.  He got the driver to stop.  Found that the bishop had had some sort of accident and was thrown out of the car. It appears the car had rolled and was in the ditch.
Filiyanus-Samson-Richard-Ch - CopyFiliyanus managed to phone Richard Dery, our stagiaire in Mzuzu, and somehow arranged transport to take him to St John’s Hospital Mzuzu.  The bishop was conscious all the way and was talking.  From what  said he died in his arms in the hospital.
The details of what happened are not clear.  Filiyanus is still in shock and is at the hospital.
Let us keep Bishop Zuza in our prayers.  He was a great friend of the White Fathers and will be sadly missed by everyone.  May he rest in peace.
Will keep you updated on what happens.
Yours, William Turnbull, Delegate Superior, Malawi

Floods kill scores in Malawi and Mozambique – January 2015


Malawi - Mozambique MapFrom Aljazeera Website

Heavy flooding has killed scores of people in the east African country of Malawi, where nearly a third of the country was declared to be in a state of disaster.

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika said on Tuesday that at least 48 people were killed and 23,000 others displaced in flash floods that have wreaked havoc in 10 out of 23 districts in his country.

Some of the victims died when villages were flooded in Malawi’s southern Mangoche district, about 100 kilometres south of the commercial capital, Blantyre, according to Grey Mkwanda, a district planning officer. Livestock, crops and homes were swept away by floodwaters, with some homes completely submerged.

“People have fled into schools and churches on the higher ground, others are in the open because there is not enough space,” Mkwanda said.

Others died in Blantyre when their homes collapsed, according to Mkwanda. “In some cases you cannot believe there was a house here,” said Allan Ngumya, a member of parliament who represents the area. Police are also looking for two children who went missing in Blantyre, police spokesman Elizabeth Divala said.

International aid appeal

Mutharika has appealed to the international community for assistance for the impoverished country. “Government alone cannot afford to help so I appeal to the international community for urgent assistance,” he said.

Flooding began last month and heavy rain is expected to continue, especially in the north and central parts of the country, according to Elina Kululanga, Malawi’s director of meteorological services and climate change.

In neighbouring Mozambique, where some waters have risen to over double flood thresholds, a group of 25 school children was swept away by torrents on Monday, and 18 others have been reported missing.

Flooding in the two east African neighbours has left much of Malawi’s centre and western border region under water, and large eastern swathes of neighbouring Mozambique swamped.

The region is likely to face at least two more days of torrential rain carried by late summer storms, according to meteorologists. Heavy flooding has killed scores of people in the east African country of Malawi, where nearly a third of the country was declared to be in a state of disaster.

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika said on Tuesday that at least 48 people were killed and 23,000 others displaced in flash floods that have wreaked havoc in 10 out of 23 districts in his country.

Some of the victims died when villages were flooded in Malawi’s southern Mangoche district, about 100 kilometres south of the commercial capital, Blantyre, according to Grey Mkwanda, a district planning officer.

Livestock, crops and homes were swept away by floodwaters, with some homes completely submerged. “People have fled into schools and churches on the higher ground, others are in the open because there is not enough space,” Mkwanda said. Others died in Blantyre when their homes collapsed, according to Mkwanda.

“In some cases you cannot believe there was a house here,” said Allan Ngumya, a member of parliament who represents the area. Police are also looking for two children who went missing in Blantyre, police spokesman Elizabeth Divala said.

International aid appeal

Mutharika has appealed to the international community for assistance for the impoverished country. “Government alone cannot afford to help so I appeal to the international community for urgent assistance,” he said.

Flooding began last month and heavy rain is expected to continue, especially in the north and central parts of the country, according to Elina Kululanga, Malawi’s director of meteorological services and climate change.

In neighbouring Mozambique, where some waters have risen to over double flood thresholds, a group of 25 school children was swept away by torrents on Monday, and 18 others have been reported missing.

Flooding in the two east African neighbours has left much of Malawi’s centre and western border region under water, and large eastern swathes of neighbouring Mozambique swamped. The region is likely to face at least two more days of torrential rain carried by late summer storms, according to meteorologists.

Newborn in the village, article published in The Tablet 20/27 December 2014


New born in the villageEvery country has its own traditions and ways of celebrating the feast of Christmas, and in Catholic Churches all over the world the very same readings will be read at the Christmas Masses. However, the way the liturgy is celebrated will vary from culture to culture.

In Malawi, for example, the liturgy may include an imaginative combination of dance, songs and drumbeat with diverse and creative costumes and structures build in the sanctuary. Mua is a parish located in the Central Region of Malawi, the first mission established by the Missionaries of Africa in the country just over 100 years ago.

CLICK HERE OF THE FULL ARTICLE IN PDF FILE.

The author of the article, Richard Hewitt, is a classic teacher and he sits on the advisory board of Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art, which aim to celebrate the wealth of Malawi’s culture and artistic inheritance.

Jubilees of confreres who were or still are in SAP – 2015


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1940-06-22 Fr. Payant Oswald, Canada/Sherbrooke – was in Mansa

65 years of Oath

1950-06-27 Fr. Bédard Gaétan Canada/Montréal – was in Kasama.

1950-06-27 Fr. Fitzgerald Patrick, Great Britain/London – was in Lusaka.

1950-06-27 Fr. Genest Pierre, Canada/Montréal – was in Dedza Diocese, Malawi.

1950-06-27 Fr. Piette Luc, Canada/Montréal – was in South Africa.

1950-06-27 Fr. Poisson Bernard, France/Billère – was in Kasama.

50 years of Oath

1965-01-28 Fr. Amyot d’Inville Jacques, France/Paris, Friant – was in Mansa and South Africa.

1965-02-01 Fr. Gouiller Jean-Luc, France/SAP/Zmb/Kalongwezi – is still in Zambia, Chipata.

1965-02-01 Fr. Hoffmann Felix, Germany/Trier – was in Mbalaé

1965-06-28 Fr. Tillmann Ferdinand, Germany/EAP/Uga/Ggaba.

1965-06-29 Fr. Richard François, France/MG/Roma – was in Zambia, FENZA.

25 years of Oath

1990-12-07 Fr. Bomansaan Francis, Ghana/SAP/Zmb – is in Kasama.

1990-12-07 Fr. Gasimba Raphaël, DR Congo/EPO/Jérusalem – was in South Africa.

Julain_Kasiya_21990-12-07 Fr. Kasiya Julian, Malawi/SAP/Mwi/Mua – is moving to Mozambique.

1990-12-07 Fr. Mapunda Baptiste,Tanzania/Ghana/Wa – was in Zambia.

1990-12-07 Fr. Mumbi Patrick Zambia/SAP/Lusaka, FENZA

1990-12-07 Fr. Wernke Bernhard, Germany/SAP/Moz/Dombe.

1990-12-15 Fr. Apee Dominic, Ghana/Tamale – was in Zambia.

2014 Woodlands’ visitors


Visitors 2014 number of nightsIt was our hope last year to see an increase in terms of visitors for 2014. This has been achieved with an increase of 97% from 1391 nights in 2013 to 2751 nights this year. Woodlands welcomed many confreres in January though we have not seen so many visitors so far in 2015. We also welcomed quite a few visitors between August and November 2014. A significant number of Stagiaires and students came in July and August. As you can see, Woodlands, Lusaka, is your home.

Link: 2013 Woodlands’ visitors