Renewal of the Declaration of Intent of Éric Kambale, Lumimba, Zambia


Éric-Kambale-Declaration-of-Intend-March 2015By Éric Kambale, Stagiaire in Lumimba, Zambia

I renewed my declaration of Intent on the 22nd March 2015. Father Babaine Venerato, the Stage Coordinator came to receive my Declaration of Intent on behalf of the Provincial Superior of SAP (Father Christopher Chileshe).

It was also a great day of joy as the Parish welcomed Father Brendan O’Shea who has been appointed to Lumimba. Moreover, it was a good opportunity for vocation animation in our Parish. At the end of Mass, we posed for a group picture. In the evening we had a get-together sharing.

Thanks for your support and prayers.

My sincere thanks!


John-Itaru-2014Dear confreres, after the mourning and the burial of my father, may I sincerely thank each and every one of you for your kindness. You have been so supportive. I have no enough words to thank you but be assured that your support has given a lot of meaning to this rather painful event. However, I thank God in its totality, the all event turned to be more of a feast than a funeral. This is a big consolation for us. Once more thanks. Hope to see you soon.
John Itaru, M.Afr

Death of the father of John Itaru, M.Afr in Zambia

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 28 mars 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 » :
« Attentat en Tunisie et ses suites » : 
un rappel de l’attentat qui s’est produit à Tunis, au musée du Bardo, la solidarité de l’Eglise, du reste du monde, et les questions qui se posent.
 (lire la suite)
« Horaire d’été en Aurope »
 le passage à l’heure d’été se fait dans la nuit du 28 au 29 mars 2015 (lire la suite) 

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages »,
« Conférence en Afrique du Sud» : 
ce que retient Amorain Wayikpo, étudiant togolais à Merrivale, d’une conférence donnée sur la « masculinité hégémonique ».(lire la suite) 
« Hommage au Père Pierre Meynet » :
 le témoignage du Père Charles Sarti, qui a partgé la vie de Pierre lors de son séjour dans le diocèse de Nouna-Dédougou. (lire la suite)

« Semblables mais distincts » : le témoignage du Père Jean Paul Guibila, Burkinabè en mission au Mexique
(lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Le djihad toujours à l’affiche » : 
les nouvelles disponibles sur ce thème, et le questions qui se posent, en particulier en Syrie, où la situation est particulièrement compliquée .
(lire la suite) 
« Vatican II et le dialogue interreligieux »
 Vincent Kiye,originaire de la République Démocratique du Congo, en dernière année de théologie, nous partage ce qu’il retient de Vatican II vis-à-vis du dialogue interreligieux (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Pastorale des migrants en Algérie » : 
le Père Johan Miltenburg qui se trouve à Ghardaia, partage à sa manière son expérience et ses suggestions au sujet de la pastorale des migrants venus d’Afrique de l’Ouest. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Le solaire révolutionnera l’Afrique »
 
.un article paru dans le numéro de « Voix d’Afrique » du mois de mars 2015, n° 106, (lire la suite) 
« Valorisation des produits laitiers » : 
le Père Maurice Oudet publie sur le site du SEDELAN un texte paru dans la presse Burkinabè sur un sujet qui lui tient à cœur : les mini-laiteries. (lire la suite)

Our M.Afr students in Rome, 2015.


07 Pictures Roma Seven GregorienneMany confreres have studied in Rome, both at the PISAI and the Pontifical Gregorian University. This year, three students are taking the bus every day to go to school: Pascal Imani Kapilimba originally from DRCongo studying at the PISAI and Gilles Efiyo from DRCongo and Evariste Some from Burkina Faso, both at the Gregorian. Note that Evariste was Parish Priest at Serenje, Zambia up to 2013.

See the site of the famous Gregorian with a visit conducted by Evariste through the streets of Rome. Look at the beautiful architecture of the main building built between 1927 and 1930.

The Pontifical Gregorian University (From wikipedia.org)

Originally founded as the Collegio Romano in 1551 by Saint Ignatius of Loyola over 460 years ago, the Gregorian University was the first university founded by the Society of Jesus, otherwise known as the Jesuits. Its present name was given by Pope Gregory XIII. Containing faculties and institutes of various disciplines of the humanities, the Gregorian has one of the largest and most distinguished theology departments in the world, with over 1600 students from over 130 countries.

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General Audience of Pope Francis at the Vatican – March 18, 2015


Rome-18-03-2015-07The participants of the session for Secretaries and Archivists were given an opportunity to see Pope Francis at the Vatican for the General Audience on Wednesday morning the 18th March. As usual, a large crowd invaded the square in the hope to see the Pope closely and hear his message centered on family life. By chance, it was a lovely and shining day contrary to the previous damps and cold weather. The atmosphere is festive as names of pilgrims groups are announced in various languages including Arabic.

Click on the picture to see the video.

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Session for Secretaries and Archivists in Rome – March 16-20, 2015


1. Pello Sala 2. Jozef Vleugels 3. John Aserbire 4. Michel Groiselle 5. François Richard 6. Pascal Durand 7. Bill Moroney 8. Aloïs Schmid 9. Luc De L'Arbre 10. Gerry Murphy 11. Juan José Osés 12. Marc Beaudry 13. Romaric Bationo 14. Richard Kinlen 15. André Schaminée 16. Damien Watine 17. Serge St-Arneault 18. Bernard Lefebvre 19. Jean-Marie Amalebondra 20. Alain Fontaine 21. Jacques Poirier.
1. Pello Sala 2. Jozef Vleugels 3. John Aserbire 4. Michel Groiselle 5. François Richard 6. Pascal Durand 7. Bill Moroney 8. Aloïs Schmid 9. Luc De L’Arbre 10. Gerry Murphy 11. Juan José Osés 12. Marc Beaudry 13. Romaric Bationo 14. Richard Kinlen 15. André Schaminée 16. Damien Watine 17. Serge St-Arneault 18. Bernard Lefebvre 19. Jean-Marie Amalebondra 20. Alain Fontaine 21. Jacques Poirier.

The session animated by André Schaminée, Pello Sala and François Richard took place in the renovated section of the Generalate while some repairs are still going on in other places such as the rooms above the dining room.

A total of 21 participants came from various parts of the world to learn the so called ‘Rudi’ software program which contain the overall database system of the Society; names of confreres, their appointments and other useful data. This will hopefully enable the Secretaries to share data while centralising them in the Office of the Secretariat in Rome.

The second topic on the agenda, meaning the archives, was presented by François Richard. The participants were given the chance to visit the documentations including old pictures and the first manuscripts signed by the Cardinal Lavigerie who is buried in the crypt under the main chapel.

A Gule Wamkulu sculpture from Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art, Mua, Malawi is in full view in the archives rooms making sure that everything is well kept!

Many thanks for this first ever session which as long overdue. Everyone was pleased to learn something new and to enjoy good food.

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Death of the father of John Itaru, M.Afr in Zambia


John-Itaru-2014Dear confreres, I come through this email to inform you that my father Fabian Itaru Kavishe passed away today the 19th of March in Dar es Salaam – Tanzania. He was sick for relatively short time. I am in Lusaka Zambia and hopeful I will be heading to Tanzania within the next days.

I county on your prayers during this painful moment especially for my mother who must it very difficult to bear.

May his soul rest in Peace.

Fr. John Itaru, M.Afr

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 15 mars 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 » :

« Merrivale en Afrique du Sud », Merrivale est la plus récente des maisons de formation de quatrième étape. Elle a été ouverte en 2008. Il y a présentement 23 étudiants. (lire la suite) 

« 50 ans du « SEDOS » » c’est le 7 décembre 1965 qu’était publié le décret « Ad Gentes ». Le Service de Documentation et d’Études sur la Mission fête donc ses 50 ans (lire la suite)

« Lettre de Laghouat Ghardaia, mars 2015 », la dernière lettre publiée par Mgr Claude Rault, évêque de ce diocèse. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages »,

« 50 ans de « Ad Gentes » au Brésil » : un symposium missionnaire a été organisé pour célébrer ce décret du concile Vatican II. Notre confrère Moussa Serge Traore y a participé (lire la suite) 

« Lettre pastorale de la CERNA », – Conférence des Évêques de la Région du Nord de l’Afrique -, un texte assez long mais qui donne beaucoup d’exemples concrets. (lire la suite) 

« Relais Maghreb mars 2015 » deux textes du Provincial du Maghreb, et l’accès à l’intégralité du bulletin de la Province. (lire la suite) 

« L’alphabétisation », un article du Père Jean Moriaud sur son apprentissage de la langue « bisa » il y a de cela de nombreuses années. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Un dialogue indispensable », partout dans le monde, de la Syrie à l’Inde, mais pas évident à instaurer, car l’intégrisme est de plus en plus un obstacle très inquiétant. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » 

« Soudan, Mauritanie, Allemagne » trois textes pris sur le site de l’ARCRE : guerre au Soudan, racisme en Allemagne, esclavagisme en Mauritanie (lire la suite)

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

« Résistances culturelles à la prévention d’Ébola » Cet article du Père Bernard Ugeux permet de comprendre combien il est difficile de demander aux africains de vivre isolés les uns des autres. (lire la suite)

Let us celebrate together our Consecration to the Lord!


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Sisters, Brothers and Priests are cordially invited to the Chrism Mass on 26th March, at 09:30 hrs at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus to be followed by a luncheon. Bearing in mind this year’s theme; “Consecrated Life and Integral Development”. His Grace Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu invites you all for this celebration in appreciation of the presence and works of all Consecrated Religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Lusaka. Looking forward to your coming and participation!

 Let us celebrate together our Consecration to the Lord!

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Meeting of confreres in their first term of mission in SAP, Chipoka, Malawi


Frédéric Ajaruva Bedijo, Deogratius Ngowi, Norbert Nkingwa, Saju Jose Akkara, Florent Sibiri Sawadogo, Kombé dit Moïse Yébédié, Boris Yabre and Simeon Kalore.
Frédéric Ajaruva Bedijo, Deogratius Ngowi, Norbert Nkingwa, Saju Jose Akkara, Florent Sibiri Sawadogo, Kombé dit Moïse Yébédié, Boris Yabre and Simeon Kalore.

By Norbert Nkingwa, M.Afr

Between the 2nd and 7th March 2015, six young confreres in their first term of mission in Southern Province (SAP) held their meeting in Malawi along the lake shore of Malawi at Chitsulo Conference Centre at Chipoka (between Salima and Mua). The confreres who took part includes Frédéric Ajaruva Bedijo, Norbert Nkingwa, Saju Jose Akkara, Florent Sibiri Sawadogo, Boris Yabre and Simeon Kalore.

The meeting was animated by Deogratias Ngowi and Kombé Dit Moïse Yébédié. The young confreres shared their experiences, the joy and challenges they faced with in their first term as Missionaries. It was also a moment to relax and recharge their batteries, ready to resume their mission with renewed zeal. The sharing was very enriching and a learning experience. The meeting was animated with a spirit of openness, brotherly and fraternity. All confreres were happy and grateful to the SAP Province for giving them that precious opportunity.

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Words of thanks of Jean-Louis Godinot to all who sent him words of encouragement.


Hand-of-Jean-Louis-March-20BJean-Louis Godinot came back to Zambia on the 13th March 2015 in good spirit and health. His surgery took place in France on the 12th January with a complete success even though he will need a second surgery late on to fix a prosthesis. At the moment, a piece of metal and some kind of ‘cement’ is holding his hand, especially his index. Jean-Louis needs a special black glove to help for blood circulation.

As you know, he was unable to use adequately Internet at home but takes this opportunity to thank all who sent him a word of encouragement and they are many.

Please, find the story on the following Internet link CrocBITE Worldwide Crocodilian Attack Database. The only thing missing is his age, only 67 years old… ready for another fight!

CrocBITE LogoSaturday, 20 December, 2014

A French missionary named Jean-Louis Godinot was attacked by a Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) while crossing the Lukulu River at approximately 3:05 PM. At this location the river was approximately 80 meters wide and upon reaching within 20 meters of the opposite shore, a crocodile (estimated to be 2-2.5 meters in length) seized Godinot’s left hand and dragged him to the river bottom (approximately 2 meters deep at this location). The crocodile apparently began rolling and Godinot pushed his index and major fingers into the crocodile’s eyes. He managed to come up twice for air but was dragged back under both times. The last time he was pulled under he was in shallow water and could stand. This allowed him to fight back more and he again gouged the crocodile’s eyes, causing it to release him. His left hand was badly damaged and he was initially treated at a hospital in Kasama before being transferred to France for surgery. Godinot states that, while at one time the African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus) was present in the river, he recognized the crocodile that attacked him to be a Nile crocodile (C. niloticus).

Jean-Louis Crocs Website 2

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Links:

http://www.crocodile-attack.info/incident/100-5442

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

Henk van Kessel appointed Knight of the Order of Orange, Chipata, Zambia.


Henk-van-Kessel-Knight-02_AAwarded for those with special merits Henk van Kessel was appointed Kinght of the Order of Orange for his service to the Zambian people and Church over the past 62 years.

By Jean-Luc Gouiller, Kalongwezi, Chipata, on 10th March 2015

The ceremonial decoration took place on 21st February 2015. Henk remembers well the name of the Lady Ambassador: “Gera Sneller”. She cares for three countries: Zimbabwe where she lives as an Ambassador, Malawi and Zambia. She came by road to Chipata as a tourist.

She arrived at our place in mid-morning. I welcomed her, then presented Henk the hero of the day, the Auxiliary Bishop Mgr. Benjamin Phiri, Fr. Christopher Sakala Parish Priest of the Cathedral and Fr. Jacob Zulu in charge of communications in the Diocese. Then the whole Kalongwezi community was presented, plus of course Toon van Kessel from Lusaka – Henk’s cousin, and our cook Evarista Zulu.

Knight of the Order of Orange medal copieThe Ambassador told us a little about her, and then it was the time of the ceremony, simple but pleasant. Toon recalled the life of Henk and especially his sixty two years in Africa, all spent in what is presently the Diocese of Chipata, an extraordinary length of time indeed. Toon ended by saying: May be Henk has not done very great things, but he has done plenty of small things in a great way.

The Ambassador expressed her pleasure to be the one called to decorate somebody with such a life in Africa. Then everything was ready: Henk was decorated as “Knight of the Order of Orange”.  Some pictures were taken, which a little later were already presented as a souvenir to him and to the Ambassador. The whole time Henk was at his best. Indeed, even if he was not ready to travel far away for the decoration, he very much appreciated it. And we all enjoyed to be witnesses to his decoration

Blessed be the Lord for such a life and such a day.

To end it all, after a gift or two to be added to the feast, lunch was the occasion to go on talking, listening to some experiences from the Ambassador and talking ourselves about our past and present life in Zambia.

A question remains: what is the historical background of being a “Knight of the Order of Orange”?

The first thing to remember is probably that, after a long history, it is said that the people of the Netherlands (the Low Lands), managed to organise themselves as a Republic in 1579, with Guillaume d’Orange. After many changes along the following centuries, the Netherlands finally became a State of its own in 1830, under the Kings of the Family of Orange. … until nowadays. No wonder that the name of being a “Knight of the Order of Orange” is very appropriate.

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Press statement for january 2015: Let us do something about poverty


Jos KuppensBy Jos Kuppens, M.Afr, Director of CfSC, Kanengo, Malawi

Recently it has been alleged that Malawi has been classified as the poorest nation. The report’s empirical analysis of poverty was based on income or consumption expenditure as a measure of wellbeing. But the weak correlation between income (or consumption) and welfare, means income may not be an all-encompassing indicator of welfare. Just as Amartya Sen urges, poverty measurements should go beyond income and look at other dimensions of wellbeing such as health, education, empowerment, freedom of association and so on. Income is often instrumentally important as a means of achieving other dimensions of wellbeing, but the other dimensions of wellbeing are intrinsically significant, and hence deserve recognition.

While many people were up in arms following such revelations, the nation needs reminding that the results of this recent report somehow tally with previous ones. In 2013 a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) study by Oxford University said Malawi needs at least 74 years to eradicate its poverty. The study measured reductions in multidimensional poverty, overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards among others. The study concluded that “using this measure, it was found that reductions in intensity – the percentage of deprivations people experience at the same time – were strongest in relatively poorer countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi and Senegal”; and at the then rate of 50.7% reduction it would take Malawi 74 years to eradicate acute poverty.

In 2012 the results of the Third Integrated Household Survey (IHS3), showed that almost half of the Malawi’s population is poor, about one in every four poor lives in dire poverty and cannot afford to meet the minimum standard for daily recommended food requirement.

1 B ExtraAlready in January, the Rural Basic Needs Basket indicated that the average daily calorie intake for rural areas of Chikwawa, Dedza, Zomba and Lilongwe was at an average of 1169kcal; which is 1231kcal below the daily recommended calorie intake of 2400kcal by WHO and the situation was worse in Kasiya-Lilongwe, which stood at 970kcal per person per day. For the Urban Basic Needs Basket, the average cost just for the basic food items stood at MK77, 320 for Blantyre Lilongwe, Zomba, Mzuzu, Karonga and Mangochi; the highest was in Zomba at MK86, 783.

What this entails is that there are indications that many people in the country cannot afford a dignified life and others are trapped in dire poverty. So instead of denying these facts the country needs to wake up and do something about this dire situation. Instead of being angry at these reports the country needs to be angry enough to do something about it, so that it would no longer be defined as such in the near future.

Let us start with the current disaster in the lower Shire. Each year flood disasters occur in this region. There is need for proper planning and political will to manage it. It must be remembered that disaster risk reduction benefits the poor more than disaster management does. Many research reports in countries like India have shown that for every dollar invested in disaster risk reduction, between two and four dollars are returned in terms of avoided or reduced disaster impact costs. The country needs to increase investment in disaster risk management and climate change mitigation measures, such as canalization, winter cropping and IGA interventions as an effective ways to reduce the disaster vulnerability of the poor and thereby improve overall economic development. Invest in social services that improve social conditions, such as universal education, health, access to water and sanitation, thereby reducing the vulnerability of the poor and improving their capacity to respond to, cope with and adapt to disaster and poverty impacts more effectively. Surprisingly or not, those who were angry with the report were not the poor too busy to survive, but rather those who somehow work towards the eradication of poverty. Should they not also need to ask the question whether the Gross Domestic Product is divided among all Malawians with some degree of equity?

Official launching of the “Unseen Worlds” – 27th February 2015 at FENZA, Zambia


Romaric BationoBy Fr. Romaric Bationo, M.Afr

The latest FENZA book “Unseen World” by Bernhard Udelhoven was launched to great compliments at an event organised and hosted by FENZA on Friday 27th February 2015. The book launch attracted good number people; well-wishers, friends and partners of FENZA. Among other attendants, there were the archbishop of Lusaka, Bishop Telesphore Mpundu; the German Ambassador to Zambia, his Excellency Mr Bernd Finke; the ZEC secretary general, Fr Zulu; the secretary of the Apostolic Nuncio, Fr Marco Formica; the National Pastoral Coordinator, Fr Justin Matepa; and the Provincial of the M.Afr in Southern Africa, Fr Christopher Chileshe.

Radio Yatsani represented by its director, Fr Singini, was there to record the event for a later broadcast.

Launching Unseen Worlds Feb 05The featured speakers were Bernhard Udelhoven the author of the book, Fr. Thomas Banda, the Diocesan pastoral coordinator for Lusaka archdiocese, and Chuma Peter Mfumu, one of the “Fingers of Thomas”.  Fr Bernhard explained succinctly how the book came about and its contributors. Fr Thomas spoke powerfully of the book. He commented that the book makes the case for urgent pastoral intervention gives hope and provides pastoral insights to deal with cases of witchcraft, Satanism and spirits possessions. He concluded with a glowing tribute to the book as sensible and a “must-read”.

After the interventions of the panelists, the audience was given the opportunity to comment on the book or ask questions. Many shared their experience and struggle to come to term with the issue of witchcraft. Others expressed their happiness that the book will elucidate the overwhelming issues of witchcraft and Satanism. Most of them congratulated Bernhard and FENZA and commended the book as timely. As the observations of participants sparked off a lively discussion, Mr Denis Wood, a contributor to the book urged all to buy it, read it, use it and promote it.

Unseen Worlds 01Several copies of the book were sold out, picked like hot cakes even before the opening of the launch. At the end of the launch many of the participants complimented FENZA for a memorable event.  Of this book launch, Fr Bernhard commented that it was “FENZA at its best”.

“Unseen Worlds” is available at FENZA, in the Catholic Bookshop of Lusaka and soon it will be available in other bookshops at K80. You can also buy it online at www.fenza.org

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