Farewell Party for Father Jean-Pierre Sauge, Lusaka, Zambia

Sauge-13A farewell party took place at Woodlands, Lusaka, on the 29th April 2015 for Father Jean-Pierre Sauge who is going to his own country Switzerland for retirement. Sauge came to Zambia on 1st September 1970. With the exception of few years as Bursar at Totteridge, London, from 1999 till 2001, Sauge spent most of his missionary life in Zambia, namely at Ilondola, Mulilansolo, Chilonga, Lubushi, Serenje, Lwitikila, Kasama, Lusaka, Kolibo Centre, Regiment Parish and Lua-Luo Noviciate. His last years in Zambia were in Serenje.

Over the past 45 years, Jean-Pierre Sauge worked as a Teacher and Bursar, in vocation animation, Chaplain in secondary schools, Curate, was Councillor, Assistant Regional and Regional.

Talking about his relationship with Father Sauge, Bernhard Udelhoven mentioned that he was appointed to Ghana and then to Nigeria as his first and final appointment. As paper work for his visa was taking long, being at Kasama after his noviciate, Bernhard was encouraged to learn Chibemba. This is how he remained in Zambia. “With Sauge, there is no final decision”!

We wish Father Sauge a safe journey back home. His flight is tonight. Is it his final departure? There will always be friends and confreres happy to see him again in Zambia. But, his family members, twelve brothers and sisters still alive, are also eager to see him closer to them.

Thanks for your wonderful and fruitful missionary life in Africa. Good bye!

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SAP Provincial Council Meeting, Chipoka, Malawi 20th – 24th April 2015

The meeting took place at the newly built Chitsulo Lodge on the lake shore of Lake Malawi at Chipoka, 30 km south of Salima. The Lodge was built by the Diocese of Dedza as an income generating project which seems to be quite successful.

PC-Meeting-Chipoka-April-2015-14bThe meeting lasted four days between the 21st and the 25th April with a day break on Wednesday. Fr. Jos Kuppens inaugurated the first day with a condense session on Training For Transformation (TFT). The presentation of the ‘Pastoral Cycle’ was greatly appreciated. We should expect more commitments from Justice & Peace and Encounter/Dialogue in this field.

The eleven participants from all SAP Sectors worked intensively from 8:30 till 18:00 every day with a break between lunch time and 15:00.

Thanks to the Sector of Malawi which hosted the meeting.

Were present: Christopher Chileshe (Provincial), Timothée Bationo (First Councillor and Delegate Superior of Mozambique), Philippe Docq (Delegate Superior of South Africa), Oswald Mallya (Delegate Superior of Zambia), William Turnbull (Delegate Superior of Malawi), Michel Sanou (Councillor, Malawi), Richard Ujwigowa Bikerong’a (Councillor, Mozambique), Romaric Bationo (Councillor, Zambia), Raymond McQuarrie, (Councillor, South Africa), Karl Kälin (Provincial Treasurer) and Robert Tebri (Rector Lechaptois).

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A Malawi CCJP media statement in condemnation of the xenophobic attacks of immigrants in South Africa

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A CCJP media statement in total condemnation of the resurgence of the xenophobic attacks of immigrants in South Africa.

  • Preamble

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi is a social justice and advocacy arm of the Catholic Church in Malawi that is committed to bring about the reign of the Kingdom God in which justice and peace, respect for human dignity, upholding the sanctity of human life and human equality prevail.

The Justice and Peace Commission is saddened and shocked by the resurgence of xenophobic attacks in different parts of South Africa aimed at killing foreign nationals from different countries of origins. We categorically state that this is criminal and Chris Chisoni 3 copieretrogressive to the civilization that the global village is promising in this era. Those South Africans perpetrating this hatred and the killings must stop these belligerent actions and remember the oneness of humanity enshrined in the Ubuntu philosophy that their own son, Archbishop Desmond Tutu preaches. South Africa, especially her leadership, must remember their history and the original vision and values of their forefathers who fought against the apartheid regime that pitied whites against blacks.

Signed by: Chris Chisoni, National Secretary, 19th April 2015


Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 15 avril 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 » :

« Semaine sainte et Pâques à Rome » : quelques liens permettant d’avoir accès à ces nouvelles récentes, avec le pape François en première ligne. (lire la suite) 

« Un Missionnaire d’Afrique nommé évêque au Congo » C’est avec joie que nous publions cette nouvelle. Une lourde tâche attend le Père Christophe Amade, qui était supérieur de la Province d’Afrique Centrale (lire la suite)

« Serment et jubilé Nairobi 2015 », l’annonce des célébrations qui auront lieu le 16 mai 2015 à Nairobi au Kenya (lire la suite)

« Echos du Conseil provincial », suite à la réunion de ce conseil qui s’est tenu à Sikasso du 69 au 13 mars 2015 suite au deuxième forum de la Province (lire la suite) 

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :

« Venir en aide aux malades mentaux » : une sœur Missionnaire de ND d’Afrique témoigne de son vécu dans ce contexte au Kenya. (lire la suite)

« Vivre ensemble, c’est dialoguer » comme nous le partage le Père Anselme Tarpaga, Missionnaire d’Afrique et qui est présentement en Algérie (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Les chrétiens visés par le terrorisme islamique », trois articles illustrant cette réalité qui devient malheureusement de plus en plus tangible (lire la suite) 

Collection of a 1000 Chewa proverbs, Zambia

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By Toon van Kessel, FENZA Publication, 2015

Proverbs and sayings of the Nyanja speakers

Common proverbs and sayings are the grass roots of our cultures, even more so for the oral African traditions. Our nation is blessed with many cultures and languages handed down from one generation to the other. Our village is becoming global; peoples move and cultures interact; particular ways of expression blend and mix. With it, there is the danger of losing the particular wisdom of each language and custom. This collection is one more attempt among many to safeguard and preserve our cultural wisdom as expressed in proverbs and sayings of the elderly. Many of these proverbs were told to help educate and pass wisdom from elderly to young. Till this day, these proverbs can help us to understand the past and better prepare the younger generation to build their future.

To facilitate the use of this past wisdom each proverb is quoted in the original language after which a rather literal translation is given. Next, the meaning of the saying is explained and then summarized with a catchword. The subject matter of a proverb is indicated in the index of these watchwords for easy consultation.

Anton van KesselI hope this collection will facilitate understanding the richness of the “Chewa” language and to love the people more.

Fr. Toon van Kessel, Missionary of Africa, Zambia.

Chewa Proverb Collection

Anyani aonana zikang’a. Baboons see one another’s behind. (work warts)

(Those who laugh at other’s mistakes often make the same mistakes themselves, are worse.) Proverb No 30 collected by Toon van Kessel. search for Chewa proverbs

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Collection Proverbs Toon 2015

Visit of Theresa Sikateyo to Lua-Luo Spiritual Centre, Kasama, Zambia

Theresa SikateyoBy Theresa Sikateyo

Born and bred in Kasama, Location at house No. F37, had experience of the surrounding of location.  Ku Lwaluwo we would call it, was where we had fields for maize and each farming time was an experience of climbing the hill past through the Kasama Lodge, hospital sometimes till we reach the fields.  Coming back was easier because kutentemuka.  This was not the same experience I had on 23rd February 2015.  We had gone to pay condolences to our auntie in Musa village who lost her husband.  I decided to call our son Priest Fr Saju and he invited us to visit their house.  Oh thank God we had dinner got some good constructive comments about future MIMSAF calendars. Then I learnt that Fr Oswald was also in Kasama and so I called him.  Surprisingly happy also invited us to visit Lua-Luo.  “You need to see Lua-Luo bana Sikateyo”, he said. 

At 17:00 hours Fr Oswald and Fr John showed us the way to the Formation Centre.  Whaaal! Up to now I still cannot forget the peace that resign there.  My sister only said these people go through a lot.  You can only tell that we were there by viewing these pictures but it will be difficult for anyone to imagine how we felt.  That we leave it your imagination.

JCTR Press Release April 2015 – Mealie Meal in Zambia

JCTR March 2015

It is without doubt that strides towards reducing the cost of mealie meal have been made by the Patriotic Front (PF) government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Recently, the government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) offloaded maize onto the domestic market at a discounted price of K65 from the previous price of K76 per 50kg bag in an attempt to influence reduction in mealie meal prices. Government has also held negotiation meetings with milling companies to see how best this can be actualized.

Citizens were highly expectant when the government announced that this would lead to a reduction in mealie meal prices by K4 even though marginal. This is also at the backdrop of a 2014 maize bumper harvest that Zambia experienced. Despite these measures, the expected price reduction has not been fully realized. The JCTR’s Basic Needs Basket for Lusaka for March 2015 shows an increase in average mealie meal prices by K1.15 per 25kg bag. According to the JCTR’s Basic Needs Basket Mpika and Luanshya are two other towns that have also recorded an average increase of mealie meal prices of K6.04 and K0.38 respectively. In some areas, mealie meal prices have remained static. For instance in Chipata, Chinsali and Kasama prices still averaged K81, K80 and K74.60 per 25Kg bag respectively. In Livingstone, Choma, Kitwe and Mansa mealie meal prices have slightly reduced from the previous month of February by K1.08, K2.38, K1.32 and K2.05 respectively.

The JCTR is concerned about the current state of mealie meal prices and the cost of living in general. The cost of living for the month of March 2015 as measured by JCTR’s Basic

Needs Basket (BNB) for an average family of five living in Lusaka is K3, 797.55. This shows an increase of K29.87 as compared to February’s BNB which stood at K3, 767.68. The increase in the BNB is mainly attributed to the increase in prices of the following food items; Beans and Beef which increased by K11.61 and K3.00 respectively. In contrast, other commodities showed decrease in price namely, Charcoal, Tomatoes and Vaseline.

The JCTR would like to appeal to government to implement comprehensive package of measures that will effectively address the high cost of living in general and the high mealie meal prices in particular. Government should for instance speed up the setting up of milling plants in rural areas and also offer incentives to local business entrepreneurs to set up milling plants. This will not only result in mealie meal price reduction but promote local business ownership and sustainability. Government must also work with various stakeholders towards reviewing and diversifying the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to make it more efficient in reaching the intended beneficiaries-the poor and guaranteeing that the Programme indeed achieves its purpose of poverty reduction.

BNB March 2015

Good bye to Victor Sambari Sanou, Kasama, Zambia

Good bye to Victor 09It is for me a great opportunity to celebrate the great event of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with my parishioners at Saint Anne`s Parish in Kasama. This very day I say good-bye to all the people I met in Kasama. At the end of my stage I am happy with my experience. I was a witness here at Saint Anne Parish. I have learnt many things from my community members and from my parishioners. I am happy to go and meet my parents, my friends in Burkina Faso, but at the same time I will miss the people I was living with in Zambia. I am touched by the affection of my people in Zambia and especially in Kasama. I will cherish their words: “Brother Victor all the best and come back please as a missionary”. Lesa mupale bonse! Victor Sambari Sanou

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The death of Amorain’s father

Amorain WayikpoOn behalf of Amorain Wayikpo, our second year candidate here in Merrivale, we inform the death of his father Jean Wayikpo who died this evening in Togo. Mr. Wayikpo’s death has just been announced by a confrere who called from Burkina Faso. The father got stroke few days ago and he has been in hospital until this evening when he passed away. Amorain is already in contact with his family and we wait for further arrangements in view of burial before buying a plane ticket. Amorain says it might take few days before the actual day of burial is announced.
Let us keep Amorain and his family in our prayers.
Fraternally, Quinbert Kinunda, M.Afr

Garisa attack in Kenya that left 148 dead

Maurice Aduol Odhiambo 05I greet you in the name of the Risen Christ; Happy Easter to all. Yesterday I received a message from home that a cousin of mine by the name Suzanne (from the same maternal grandfather), was among those who perished during the Garisa attack. She was in her final year of studies. Let us remember the entire family at this difficult moment and pray for her soul and all the souls of those who died during this attack that may their souls through the mercy of God may rest in peace. AMEN! 

Maurice Aduol Odhiambo, 1st Year Theology, Merrivale, South Africa 

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Kenyan families mourn their best and brightest after Garissa attack

“We are persecuted but not abandoned” – Persecution of Christians in Niger.

Zinder MapBy: Lefterius Kalonga Mwamba

It happened so fast on Friday 16th January! It surprised everyone who believed in the peace building that the Catholic Church in Zinder has been promoting over the past 75 years. The rapidity of the attack clearly unveiled that it was not spontaneous but strategically planned.

Already, the atmosphere dramatically changed few days before the attack. Extremists managed to propagate their planned attack. This was done in Hausa, the local language. It is evident that the preaching in mosques was not but the spreading of a terrible fanatical hatred.

The threats of the attack came to the ears of our Christians through young children and some friendly neighbors. Some parishioner rushed to see Fr Leo Laurence, the Parish Priest, to explain how they were receiving death threats. We got hold of a text written in Hausa on small pieces of paper confirming the Friday 16th attack. Translated into English, it was written; “we want to show the dark side of our stomachs”. This proverb expresses the desire to slaughter.

Two days before the attack, remembering the assault at our church building in 2012, Fr. Laurence wrote a letter to the Office of the Governor asking for protection. He went himself to see the Governor who assured him that security measures will be put in place. The day before the attack, many Christians could no longer stand the threats. They came to the Parish house searching for security. They were about thirty people including a two years old boy, an old woman and a seven months pregnant lady. Fr Leo Laurence (India), Fr Ghislain Mbilizi (DRC) and Venant Bukuru (Burundian in second year of stage) welcomed them. At that time, I was in a village called ‘Dan Bako’ practicing my Hausa. The Christians ate and prayed with the M.Afr community.

The first offensive act of violence started at 08:00 hours. Fueled tyres were burning at the main gate and at the doors of the church. Then, young men started stoning the Christians. Commotion in town begun and various extremist groups where openly coming out with flags chanting ‘Allahou Akbar’(1). Fr Leo took videos and pictures to show how fast the events were spreading. But, the Governor only sent unarmed Police Officers at 16:00 hours who ran for their own lives upon noticing how dangerous the situation was.

As the mid-day prayer was being said in our small chapel, Muslims where then holding their Friday communal prayer which usually does not go beyond 15 minutes. At the same time, Fr Leo and Venant where moving around watching. In one go, the mass was already at the mission school which was put ablaze. Surrounded by many mosques, the insurgents were coming from all directions. Their aim was to kill Christians. In an attempt to save lives, Venant brought everyone, including five Sisters of the Assumption, in a small hidden room behind the garage. It was total chaos.

The inferno that saw our four cars torched prevented the attackers from entering the hidden room due to heavy smoke and explosions. Some collapsed because of the heat and smolder. They woke up hours later at the emergency department of the hospital. Leo, Ghislain and Venant sustained deep cuts by jumping the fence covered by broken bottles. Seeing their blood pouring, an old Muslim man saved them in his house. Following the blood stains on the ground, the attackers reached easily the house. Even though threaten, the old man denied sheltering our wounded confreres. Only a curtain was separating them from their enemies.

The army finally came to restore some peace three hours later. In the meantime, seven people were dead, lying on the ground. More were shot later on by live bullets. Another one was burnt to ashes at the mission school. Some Muslims rejoiced about it thinking that at least they have succeeded to kill one Christian, only to discover that even that one was a Muslim. It was a miracle that no Christian was actually killed.

The military camp became a refuge for at least 400 displaced people, both Catholics and Protestants. After four days, came the decision to move everyone to another mission school at a distance from the city Centre. On that day, having a swollen knee, I was chased by four men. Praise be to God, the army quickly intervene.

We remained with what we were wearing. Our house and church, the Sisters’ convent, the Mission School and other Protestant churches together with shops belonging to Christians where completely burnt down. Most of Christians’ houses where attacked. Today, we are scattered in surrounding countries; Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso. Only a few have remained in Niger.  

We are grateful for the spiritual and moral support we found during this painful experience. Fr Leo Laurence and Fr Ghislain Mbilizi are on holiday respectively in India and DRCongo. Venant Bukuru went back to Burundi while waiting to go to Abidjan for Theology. As for myself, I just received a new appointment for Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso for my second year of stage.

I pray that the Risen Lord Jesus Christ may give us all a persevering heart in his mission to witness him as the only light and hope in our broken world. I pray for the Christians persecuted throughout the world and indeed those of Niger. May Christ comfort them. 

Happy Easter to you all!

(1) Allahou akbar : The Takbīr (تَكْبِير), also written Tekbir or Takbeer, is the term for the Arabic phrase Allāhu Akbar (الله أكبر), usually translated as “God is [the] greatest,” or “God is great”. It is a common Islamic Arabic expression, used in various contexts by Muslims; in formal prayer, in the call for prayer (adhān), as an informal expression of faith, in times of distress, to express celebration or victory, or to express resolute determination or defiance.

Allahou akbar ou Allahu akbar (الله أَكْبَر), parfois improprement écrit « Allah akbar », est une expression arabe qui signifie « Dieu est [le] plus grand ».

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Rwandair PlaneOur Origin

We began operations on 1st December 2002 as the new national carrier under the name Rwandair Express (passenger Air transportation as the core activity) for Rwanda with a concession to carry out airport ground handling (ancillary activity) at Kigali International airport, Kanombe. In March 2009, we registered a new trademark “RwandAir” which is our current operating name.

Operating from Kigali as our hub, the airline boasts of a young fleet of two Boeing 737-800NG, two Boeing 737-700NG, two CRJ900NG and a Dash8-200 and has chosen to provide a memorable travel experience to every single passenger on our routes. Later this year we will take delivery of a brand new Bombardier Q-400NextGen.

RwandAir_logoWe serve most East African Community capital cities as well Johannesburg and Dubai with daily flights. Recently, we introduced Flights to Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana, Juba in South Sudan and intend to expand to Doula in Cameroon. Our Current destinations include Lusaka, Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Johannesburg, Brazzaville, Dubai, Lagos, Accra and Juba. We have code share agreements with SN Brussels on the Kigali-Brussels Sector and Ethopian Airlines on the Kigali-Addis Ababa Sector.

“Our values commit us to continuously pursue excellence in everything we do. We know that our staff remain our most valuable asset and we remain focused on creation of a culture of transparency, integrity and teamwork.”

RwandAir CEO John Mirenge

Flight Schedules

FlightWB 101. Frequency: 3 x Weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Departure to Lusaka at 10:00. Destination to Kigali at 22:20.

Flight: WB 100. Frequency: 3 x Weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Departure to Kigali at 18:45. Destination to Lusaka at 21:05.

Also Johannesburg to Kigali via Lusaka three times a week.

Malawian Airlines

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Christophe Amade, M.Afr, as bishop of Kalemie-Kirungu, DRCongo

News.va LogoVatican City, 31 March 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed: – Fr. Christophe Amade, M. Afr., as bishop of Kalemie-Kirungu (area 71,577, population 5,950,013, Catholics 3,663,230, priests 100, religious 125), Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bishop-elect was born in Mune, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1990. He studied theology at the London Missionary Institute, England, and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He has exercised his pastoral ministry in Funsi in the diocese of Wa, Ghana, and has served as lecturer and subsequently rector of the Consortium of Philosophy in Jinja, Uganda, and lecturer in philosophy at the Consortium of Philosophy in Kumasi, Ghana and at the St. Augustin University, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is currently provincial superior of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (“White Fathers”) for Central Africa.

Christophore_Amade_2015BRDC : le Pape François nomme un Evêque à Kalemie-Kirungu et deux auxiliaires à Kinshasa

Rome, 31 mars 2015 (caritasdev.cd): Le Pape François a nommé le 28 mars 2015 le Révérend Père Jean-Christophe AMADE ALOMA, de la Congrégation des Missionnaires d’Afrique, Evêque de Kalemie-Kirungu ; l’Abbé Jean-Pierre Kwambamba Masi, prêtre du diocèse de Kenge, Evêque auxiliaire de Kinshasa et le Révérend Père Donatien BAFUINDISONI MALOKO-MANA, de la Société de Jésus, Evêque Auxiliaire de Kinshasa. Ces nominations ont été rendues publiques le 31 mars 2015. Le nouvel Evêque de Kalemie-Kirungu dans la Province du Katanga est né le 18 janvier 1961 à Mume, dans l’Ituri, dans le diocèse de Mahagi. Après ses études primaires et secondaires, l’Evêque nommé a étudié la Philosophie au Grand Séminaire « Notre Dame de la Ruzizi des Missionnaires d’Afrique centrale à Bukavu de 1973-1979. Il a fait son noviciat à Fribourg en Suisse de 1984 à 1985. Il a étudié la théologie à London Missionary Institute de 1987 à 1990.  Le 25 juillet 1990, il est ordonné prêtre. Après son doctorat en Philosophie à l’Université grégorienne, le Père Amade a été en 2010 appelé comme formateur dans la maison de formation des Missionnaires d’Afrique du Ghana et comme professeur au Collège Universitaire des Spiritains. Depuis juillet 2014, le Père Amade est devenu le Provincial des Missionnaires d’Afrique avec résidence à Bukavu jusqu’à cette nomination comme Evêque de Kalemie-Kirungu.