Meeting Pope Francis Short Video Clip


Pope Francis with Stanley and RichardClick on the picture and see a short video clip from today’s audience with Pope Francis when he joked with us about losing a Superior General. A wonderful short video. Enjoy. Fraternally, Raymond McQuarrie, M.Afr

CHAPITRE, mercredi 08 juin 2016 (extrait de la lettre du père Gilles Barette)

« Ce matin, nous avons eu l’Eucharistie à 7 heures. Car dès 9 heures, tous les capitulants avaient rendez-vous au Vatican, près du bâtiment du Saint-Office, devenu Congrégation pour la Doctrine de la Foi. Conduits par Monseigneur Richard Baawobr, habillé en évêque, nous sommes passés par les détecteurs de métaux (nos ceintures, nos montres, notre monnaie) et la machine qui détecte si nous portons encore quelque chose qui pourrait être suspect. On nous a alors indiqué où aller pour prendre nos places réservées sur la place St-Pierre, entre la basilique et la grande place. Nous avons attendu en plein soleil pendant plus d’une heure avant que la papamobile conduisant le Pape ne surgisse derrière nous et fasse le tour de la place St-Pierre, s’arrêtant ici et là pour saluer des enfants, des handicapés, etc. Finalement, il est descendu de sa voiture, est monté sous le chapiteau au centre devant la porte sainte de la basilique. Pendant ce temps, des haut-parleurs transmettaient des informations en plusieurs langues: les différents groupes présents sur la place, et le déroulement de l’audience. (…)

Le Pape s’est alors déplacé pour aller prendre des photos avec certains groupes: des migrants d’un diocèse du sud de l’Italie, des sauveteurs en montagne accompagnés de leurs chiens, des personnes en chaise roulante ou souffrant d’une malformation physique, des aveugles, etc. Pendant ce temps, “il capitolo generale dei Padri Bianchi” a été appelé pour que nous allions prendre place au lieu où allaient être prises les photos.

Quand le Pape est arrivé à nous, il a souri et a posé une question: « Savez-vous ce qu’il faut faire pour se débarrasser d’un Supérieur Général? » Nous ne savions pas. Alors il a dit: « Farlo un vescovo: en faire un évêque ». Après avoir salué Richard Baawobr et notre nouveau Supérieur Général Stan Lubungo, le Pape a dit sur un ton sérieux maintenant. « Vous, Missionnaires d’Afrique, faites un très bon travail dans les jeunes Églises. Votre témoignage est magnifique, plein de la radicalité de l’Évangile, continuez avec courage ». Et photos, puis photos. Nous nous sommes alors retirés et sommes rentrés à la maison de la Via Aurelia. »

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New CD of St. Peter’s Main Choir – Serenje Catholic Church, Zambia


St. Peter's Main Choir - Serenje

St. Peter's Main Choir - Serenje2Title: : Let’s praise You.

Songs: 1. You who serve the Lord. 2. The body of Jesus. 3. Confession. 4. Praises. 5. Father, I have overcome the world. 6. He is blessed. 7. My child. 8. You, our God, care for us. 9. Let’s praise You. 10. I send you. 11. He is born. 12. You God, come! Note: all the songs are in Chibemba.

The CD is a thanksgiving for 53 years of presence of the Missionaries of Africa in Serenje, Zambia. Currently in Serenje are Father Saju Jose Akkara, Indian, Deacon Douglas Ogato, Kenyan, and Innocent Majune Iranzi, Congolese.

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Stanley Lubungo 2016 Rome_JPEGStanley Lubungo was born at Ndola (Zambia) on the 16th June 1967. He took his missionary oath in Toulouse on the 7th December 1996 and was ordained a priest in his native town on the 2nd August 1997. He worked as a missionary for a few years in Democratic Republic of Congo and was appointed, after a few years of studies in Rome and Dublin, as formator in Abidjan. He had just completed new studies in dogmatic theology in Paris when he was appointed Provincial of Southern Africa on the 1st July 2015. One of his first tasks will be to ensure his replacement in Lusaka. Congratulations Stan!

Didier Sawadogo 2016_JPEGCongratulations Didier Sawadogo. Thank you for having accepted this service to the Society. May God be with you. Didier was born on 26th July 1967 à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). He took the oath on the 11th December 1999 in London and was ordained priest on the 3rd December 2000 in Bobo-Dioulasso. He worked in Mali and Burkina Faso, but spent also quite some time in Rome studying. He is currently studying in Rome for a doctorate.

Francis Barnes 2016B_JPEGFrancis Barnes was born on the 26th September 1950 at Stockport (UK). He took his missionary oath in Totteridge (UK) on the 16th April 1981 and was ordained priest on the 20th June 1981 at Salford. He did parish ministry in Burkina Faso, vocational animation in Poland, then was mainly involved with animation and formation in Burkina, Rome, Zambia and Kenya. He is currently assistant to the Provincial Superior of Europe.

Martin Grenier 2016_JPEGMartin Grenier was born on the 21st March 1963 at Beauceville in Quebec. He took the missionary oath at Wood Green (London) on the 18th December 1993 and was ordained a priest on the 23rd September 1995 at St Joseph-de-Beauce in Quebec. After three years of ministry in Zambia, he was appointed as formator in Bangalore, India. After a sabbatical year, he went back to India, then to Jinja (Uganda), always as a formator. After some studies at IFIC in Mali, Martin worked at the AFRIKA Centre in Montreal where he was before the Chapter where he came as delegate of the Province of the Americas (AMS). Congratulations Martin.

Ignatius Anipu 2016 cJPEGIgnatius Anipu was born on the 7th November 1959 in Wiagha (Ghana). He took his oath on the 15th December 1990 in Toulouse and was ordained priest on the 20th July 1991 in Kongo (Ghana). His first term as Missionary of Africa was in Niger before being called for studies at the Pisai (Rome). He then returned to Niger, spent a few years for further studies and as formator in Paris, London and Abidjan. He came to the chapter as Provincial of the PAO. Congratulations Ignatius.

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