Pre-First Cycle Formation Centre, Chipata, January to June 2016 In-Take.

Propaedeutic 01_modifié-1By Fr. Camille Konkobo

The Southern African Province has made it possible to have their own ‘Propaedeutic’, meaning a Centre that welcomes young men of between 20 and 26 years of age. They have heard the call of God and want to confirm it through community, prayer and human life. The Centre is situated in Chipata, Eastern Province of Zambia along Malawi Road, about 6 Km from town.

We have received 18 students, 6 from Mozambique, 7 from Malawi and 5 from Zambia. We had our official opening Mass on the 17th January and have started our program.

Formators: Fr. Camille Konkobo, Fr. Timothée Bationo and Br. René Garand

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The true size of Africa

The true size of AfricaAfrica is much bigger than you think. In fact, it is larger than the USA, China, India, Japan and all of Europe combined! The problem is that the world isn’t flat, but the maps we use are, and it is really difficult to flatten a sphere into a square. This means that our traditional maps are distorted, with countries artificially enlarged the closer we get to the poles, giving the impression that Africa is about the same size as Greenland. However, Africa is in fact 14 times larger than Greenland.

Our traditional maps are relics of Euro-centric colonial days. They are simply representations of the world through the lens of their creator. Why is Europe normally in the centre?

Why is north up, when there is no concept of up in space? South is associated with poverty and lack of development, and even our language is full of negative connotations for “down”, such as “down in the dumps”, while “up” has positive ones such as “on top of the world”, as pointed out by Africa Check.

The map shows how big Africa is. However, in the mental map of many non-Africans it occupies almost a single point, which probably contains features such as famine and disease; safari and animals; Nelson Mandela; the Lion King; genocide in Rwanda and Darfur and perhaps rape in the DR Congo; and Ebola.

See PDF file on the following link: The true size of Africa

Source: Zambia Weekly … for busy people, Week 4, 22 January 2016, Issue 260, Volume 7, page 12.

There’s always a political dimension to what people do in life, says Archbishop Gallagher.


There’s always a political dimension to what people do in life, says Archbishop Gallagher.

Last November 9, 2015, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, pay a visit to Zambia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic links between the Vatican and Zambia. A Eucharistic celebration took place at the Cathedral of Child Jesus in Lusaka followed by a reception at the Apostolic Nunciature. In his remarks, his Excellency Gallagher made an historical review of the presence of the Catholic Church in Zambia mentioning that: Next year (2016) will mark the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the first Catholic missions, established by the Missionaries of Africa (popularly known as the “White Fathers”), who arrived in district of Kasama in 1891.

Click here to see the full PDF content of the review.

Our SAP Provincial, Stanley Lubungo, was present. Members of the Choir of St. Ignatius Parish and of the “Communauté Catholique Francophone de Lusaka” led by Sonia and Michel Somwe entertained the invited guests.

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