Newsletter South Africa No 65 – 31st July 2016


Newsletter South Africa no 65 titleMy dear Friends, Greetings! I just arrived from my leave in Canada on Thursday noon. Two night flights with only 2 or 3 hours’ sleep, and the jet lag (6 hours’ difference) make me feel very sleepy and I often doze off at any time of the day. Then I wake up in the middle of the night without being able to sleep again until the morning hours! Those two long flights (6 hours and 11 hours respectively) and 12 hours in Paris, took me back here without major incident or accident. Thank God! In this day and age of terrorism, one never knows what might happen! In Paris, I had the chance of meeting Fr. Didier Michon, who was here in South Africa for a good number of years. He just turned 81 and seems to be quite well. My 2 months’ holiday went by very fast! I met very many people, first my family then many friends. At the Provincial House, I met a young man from my home town who shows some interest in joining the M.Afr. He has worked in various well-paying jobs, but he wants to do something deeper with his life. He is soon going to one of our missions in Africa to build up an experience of being a missionary.

Newsletter South Africa No 65 ANewsletter South Africa No 65 BOne day I went to a Trappist (1) Monastery for a short visit and a quiet time of prayer. There, I met a former neighbour of mine (Brother Bruno). He is 8 years younger than me, therefore I did not know him very well when I was young. But when he was 21 years old, after some years playing the drums in different rock bands, he joined the Trappists, wanting to give his life to God in a deeper way. He is now 64 and, with a permanent smile, he looks so happy and serene! We had a good chat together. I was hoping to rest after my arrival, but there were so many requests for Masses and Confessions! All three of us (Fr. Christophe Boyer, Fr. George Okwii and myself) have been fully busy replacing Priests who are gone either on holidays or to the World Youth Days in Poland.

Patrick Kadima wrote some short messages saying that he had arrived in Ghana, diocese of Tamale in the north, for his 2 years of pastoral experience. I presume he is now starting to learn the local language. Hopefully, he will send more news for the August Newsletter.

I wish you a very good month. Do not forget the important feast of Our Lady of the Assumption (15th August, but celebrated here the following Sunday, 21st August). She is the Patron Saint of South Africa. Pray Mother Mary to help our country, especially to foster more peace and understanding; let us ask her to intervene to God on our behalf for a quiet and peaceful election day. Also, ask her to enlighten you on your vocation.

God bless you all! Fr. Michel Meunier, M.Afr

(1) The Trappists are one of the most strict order of monks; they spend most of their time in silence, praying and working.

Newsletter South Africa No. 65 July 2016

“Accumulating wealth is not the only purpose worth to live for”


KULEMERA SIKUFIKA, KACHIRAMBE ANAOMBOLA MALAWI, CHIKHALIDWE CHATHU CHIBWERERE = “Accumulating wealth is not the only purpose worth to live for”.

Malawi is not to be considered as a poor beggar who keeps stretching the hand but is very rich of spirituality that can be shared with the rest of the world especially with regard to our common humanity.

The play browse over a Bantu and Yao tale that feature a redeemer in the person of Kachirambe.

The story developed the theme of the land and its people that has been swallowed by a nasty monster in the form of a giant pumpkin. All except a young girl and her mother who escaped and lived hidden in the forest.

As the monster moves from village to village, it keeps getting bigger and stronger by swallowing people’s good behaviour and devouring the best of the people’s life and traditions. It destroys people’s humanity and change them into greedy creatures deprived of mercy, humanity and freedom. As the story unfolds, Malawi becomes the prey to corruption, greed, injustices, famine and even the murder as it is recently the case of albinos.

Albinos in MalawiChiefs are corrupt; they are bribed and cases are not resolved fairly. They are selling land to rich investors while the custodians of the land are left with little or no land to cultivate. Hospital staff are irresponsible and lack commitment; patients are not given much attention and are asked to pay money to be assisted. ADMARC staff are corrupt and greedy; if people don’t have money to bribe the officials, they are denied access to food supply  while the government deny of famine and proclaim that there is plenty of maize available. The most horrifying is the killing of people with albinism, apparently for money in exchange for their bones. Poverty grows daily and those who are poor are denied rights of speech and are prevented to access to the legal system in order to claim their rights. Greed has gripped Malawi. People’s humanity have been swallowed by the monster pumpkin.

The only survivors in our tale are a young girl called “Ndasiyidwa” (meaning; I was spared) and her mother called “Ndapulumuka” (meaning; I have survived). Ndasiyidwa was expecting a child. One day while Ndasiyidwa was busy collecting mushrooms in the forest, she took by accident a hyena’s egg and brought it home. The mother of Ndasiyidwa destroyed the egg by throwing it in the fire. The next day when the girl was collecting wild vegetables, she encountered the hyena for the first time and it asked who took its egg. Ndasiyidwa acknowledged that she was the one took the egg and that her mother had destroyed it in the fire. The hyena threatened that it will eat her. Ndasiyidwa told the hyena that she was expecting a baby soon and that it should eat the child instead of her. The hyena complied. Ndasiyidwa delivered her child, fully grown and equipped with weapons of a hunter. Her grandmother called him Kachirambe Mlera khungwa (meaning; the guardian of the people). Ndasiyidwa informed the hyena on her first trip to the forest that she had conceived her child, but that the child was so clever that the hyena could not come to term with it and that the hyena would fail to eat him. The hyena tried again and again to grab Kachirambe but failed. Instead Kachirambe killed the hyena and delivered his mother and grandmother from their common enemy.

One day as Kachirambe was chatting with his mother, he asked her what had happened to his dad. Ndasiyidwa told him that his father was devoured by the monster pumpkin called Mgalika mwambo (meaning; the swallower of tradition). Kachirambe swore that he will get rid of the monster pumpkin as he did with the hyena and enquired where the monster was hiding. Ndasiyidwa told him that it was hiding in the lake. The hero over the hyena Kachirambe, went for it and fought it with all his strength. He weakened it with his arrows and in the end he cut it open with his father’s dagger and freed all those who had been swallowed. His father on behalf of all the other victims, acknowledged that he had been greedy and selfish. He promised that he would return to the tradition and become more human. He would take seriously the advice of his ancestors. Money does not ultimately fulfil all of human aspirations.

The play ends with the great mother of the Chewa “Kasiya maliro” who condemns those who have gone astray through greed and lost their humanity and their own tradition. One has to live from his own values and not imitating the behaviour of others. Kachirambe portrays the power of Malawian culture over and against other influences that can disrupt Malawian culture and tradition if one is not deeply rooted into his own. Once Malawi has lost her own humanity, it has also lost the privilege of being called Malawian.

kachirambe_JPEGAccumulating wealth is not the only purpose worth to live for

Mafrwestafrica lettre du 28 juillet 2016


Mafrwestafrica logoAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site http://www.mafrwestafrica.net.

Actualités

« Clôture du noviciat à Bobo-Dioulasso », un texte et quelques photos sur cet événement  du 16 juillet 2016 (lire la suite)

« Situation préoccupante au Mali » des nouvelles récentes prises sur le site du magazine Jeune Afrique (lire la suite)

Témoignages 

« Maladie et vie spirituelle », le témoignage de Mgr Michael Fitzgerald, Missionnaire d’Afrique (article de Voix d’Afrique n° 111. (lire la suite)

« Deux exemples congolais » là aussi, une partie d’un article de Voix d’Afrique sur deux témoins congolais de l’évangile (lire la suite)

Dialogue interreligieux

« Trois articles sur le site de l’ARCRE »,  Histoire du proche orient, droits de l’homme, devenir chrétien (lire la suite)

« Textes sur le dialogue », texte pris là aussi sur le site de l’ARCRE, et qui présente deux livres et un article intéressants (lire la suite)

« Le pape s’exprime : toutes les religions veulent la paix » un texte pris dans le journal « Le Monde », article du 27 juillet modifié le 28 juillet (lire la suite)

Justice et Paix

« Mauritanie et droits de l’homme » sur le site de RFI ces textes au sujet de l’attitude intolérante du pouvoir vis-à-vis de ceux qui manifestent contre l’esclavage (lire la suite)

« Manifestations en Côte d’Ivoire » contre la hausse des coûts de l’électricité, et des réactions violentes du pouvoir (lire la suite)

Vu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« L’Afrique en première page » allusion à quelques événements importants qui ne se sont pas passés en Afrique de l’Ouest (lire la suite)

« Revue de presse africaine » touchant en particulier l’acte de terrorisme commis dans une église de France (lire la suite)

« Europe et Afrique de l’Ouest », des informations prises sur le site de « Jeune Afrique » et insistant sur la pression que l’Europe est en train d’exercer sur l’Afrique sub-saharienne (lire la suite)

National Day of Prayer for peaceful election in Zambia, July 24, 2016


Day of Prayer Showgrounds July 24, 2016 00The National House of Prayer invited political, military and religious leaders for a day of prayer on the 24th July 2016 at the showground situated in the capital of Lusaka under the theme; “Seeking God’s intervention: saying no to violence and committing to a peaceful election through forgiveness, tolerance, love and unity” (Isaiah 60: 18). The same event also took place in other parts of the country.

Thousands of people assembled in a joyful and prayerful atmosphere while various Bishops, Apostles, Pastors and Priests of various Churches presented their petitions to the Almighty God. In his call for worship, Father Charles Chilinda, from St. Ignatius Parish, asked forgiveness to the compassionate and Father of all for the violence being committed in the current political campaign. “Gracious God, we pray for peace in our communities this day. We commit to you all who work for peace and those who work to uphold law and justice. We pray for an end of fear, and an end to tensions. (…) God gives peace to all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace. In your mercy, hear our prayers, now and always. Amen.”

Father Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr, acted on behalf of Father Lupupa who could not attend the ceremony. In an improvised prayer, he called upon the blessing of God over men and women of the Zambia Police Service reminding them that their primary vocation and duty is to defend the poor, to bring justice and deliverance to the widows and the needy. The poor in Zambia want to be proud of men and women serving in uniforms to deliver peace in Zambia as they are those suffering first in times of political unrest and violence.

Inspired by this moment of prayer led by leaders of various Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches, Fr Serge, under the nickname of Father ‘Mbewe’ given to him while in Malawi years ago, also emphasised the need to put aside all kinds of discrimination, even those related to the colour of the skin. Using the famous slogan “One Zambia, One Nation”, he added, “One Colour!” “Whatever the colour of the skin, black or white, there is only one colour in Zambia; the colour of LOVE.”

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Death of the grandmother of Jean-Bosco Nigirira


Jean-Bosco Nibigira 07b_JPEGLet us pray for Marthe Sinigirira, the grandmother of our confrere Jean-Bosco Nigirira, missionary in Mozambique. She passed away on Monday 18th July 2016 in Burundi. She was 90 years old. Jean-Bosco was very close to her as he spent most of his time staying in her house. She is his last grandparent to pass away. The burial took place on Monday 25th July.

Launching of the 125th anniversary of the Catholic Faith in Zambia.


Mambwe Mwala 2016 00By Lawrence Tukamushaba, M.Afr, Kasama- Zambia

Various activities have been foreseen commemorating the beginning of the Catholic faith in Zambia 125 years ago. The main celebration will be held on August 06 at Mambwe-Mwela situated in the Archdiocese of Kasama where the Missionaries of Africa were the first to settle for good in Zambia. It is important to note that they built this mission on their way from Mponda in Malawi to Tanzania as they took rest because of the illness of Fr Valentin Heurtebise (+1933), one of the pioneers. Fr Achille Van Oost (+1895) was buried in the same area.

The first major activity organised by the Archdiocese was a pilgrimage to Mambwe-Mwela where the first church was built. The ruins of that church are still visible. The pilgrimage started on Friday the 15th and ended up on Sunday the 17th July. Many Christians of Mambwe Parish walked 46 km to reach the site. Our Superior General, Fr Stanley Lubungo, together with Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba and Fr Nobert Nkingwa, joined Fr Edward Mutale, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Coordinator, and Fr Felix Chishamba, the Archdiocesan Communications Director.

Mwambe-Mwila Map2_modifié-2Three reflections were given on the way from Our Lady of Angels Kanamwene Centre, three Kilometres from the site, to the pilgrimage site. Fr Stanley Lubungo spoke about the values of pilgrimages while Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba gave a teaching about the sacraments and Fr Nobert Nkingwa spoke about the meaning of discipleship. Native of the place, Fr Patrick Simutowe, Rector of Mpima Major Seminary in Kabwe, animated the recollection.

It was a reenergising faith journey. Much attention was given to the first brave men who chose to leave everything for the sake of the Gospel. They walked long distances in unknown and hostile lands. However, their hard labour has produced abundant fruits. Fr Stanley reminded the pilgrims that the missionaries planted seeds the fruits of which are the Christians of today. As missionaries and Christians of today we are challenged by their deep faith, love of God and self-denial.

On Thursday 14th July, Fr Stanley was hosted on the Archdiocesan Radio Lutanda FM for an interview about the history of the Church in Zambia.

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A Pastoral Letter Issued by the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) on the August 2016 General Elections “NO LONGER WILL VIOLENCE BE HEARD IN YOUR LAND” (Isaiah 60:18)


ZEC logoA call to peaceful, credible and transparent elections.

PREAMBLE

  1. To all members of the Catholic Church and all people of good will. We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in the words of St. Paul: “Now, may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Th. 3:16).
  2. As we are near the election day of 11th August 2016, we are compelled by the love of Christ (2 Cor. 5:14) to once again speak to the nation on matters relating to the electoral process. For us, every election is a moment of grace and an opportunity for self-appraisal as a nation. It is not only about the election of political leaders but as we have said before, it is an opportune time to review our past performance in order to prepare for better political choices for the future. It is also a time to celebrate our democratic independence as opposed to anxiety.
  3. We write this pastoral letter to you Catholics and people of goodwill in Zambia to remind you of your duty to elect leaders and of the need to maintain peace before, during and after the polling day. While each individual Catholic has the God-given right and freedom to decide on who to vote for and how to answer the referendum question, the teaching of the Church can offer you some valuable guidance in an attempt to reach an informed judgement that advances the common good. The Church believes that once people maintain and strengthen their democracy, they stand a better chance of actively participating and shaping the development of their country.

CONDITIONS FOR PEACEFUL, CREDIBLE AND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS

  1. As we have often noted, the free will of the people is the hallmark of any credible election. We must therefore pay particular attention to key aspects that can enhance or reduce and even negate the credibility of the forthcoming elections. Some of the key conditions for any elections to be peaceful, credible and transparent include:
  2. a) Peaceful Atmosphere

4.1 Democracy requires in the first place that all citizens exercise their right to vote in a free and peaceful environment. Much as we are proudly acclaimed for being a peaceful country, we should never take things for granted. Given the increasing incidents of politically motivated violence and continued tension between members of political parties, our record of being peaceful is increasingly being threatened and we are afraid that if the current spate of violence is not curbed, may have a serious impact on the voter turnout as many eligible voters might fear going to vote due to security concerns.

4.2 We therefore urge all the politicians across the political divide to make every effort in ensuring an effective way of cadre management and to immediately tone down their confrontational rhetoric. What Zambians are expecting is for them to focus on key governance and developmental issues that will help the electorate to make informed decisions.

  1. b) Impartial Media

4.3 The role of the media in the electoral process cannot be over emphasised. All players in the electoral process need access to the mass media to propagate their agendas and programmes in a more efficient way. An impartial media that will treat every player equally is therefore cardinal. Both public and private media should adhere to the principle and ethics of fairness and truth. We urge especially the public media to be professional, ensure full and fair coverage of all political parties. On the other hand, we want a responsible use and reception of social media (CF. Let there be Peace Among Us – A ZEC Pastoral Statement issued on 23rd January, 2016, #s 27 & 28).We also urge all the consumers of the media outlets to be critical of the messages they receive from various media because it is not everything that they read, hear or watch contain the truth especially the information they get from the social media.

  1. c) Professional Enforcement of law and order by the Police

4.4 We know that it is the duty of the police to protect life and property and above all to maintain law and order. We call upon the Zambia Police Service to perform their duties of maintaining law and order professionally and effectively without undue pressure from partisan influence. They should be impartial and apply the law fairly to anyone who breaks the laws of this country. We call on the police to implement the Public Order Act in the most appropriate manner by ensuring that they do not exercise any inconsistencies or biases when dealing with different groups of people for any alleged offences or when political parties have provided notices for the holding of their public meetings and political rallies.

  1. d) The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)

4.5 The ECZ is the legally constituted body mandated to manage our elections in such a manner that the right of the people to choose their leaders is unfettered. Given the many pressures exerted on the ECZ by various interest groups during election time, there is need for high levels of integrity by ECZ officers. ECZ should not be seen to be an institution that is being manipulated to suit the interest of one group or political party. We therefore urge the honourable Commissioners and ECZ staff to remain resolute and professionally conduct their business in providing the necessary mechanisms in the electoral process that will guarantee free and fair elections. The ECZ officers must remember that “The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standards” (Prov. 16:11).

WHO SHOULD WE VOTE FOR

  1. Many times questions are asked for the Church to name a specific party or candidate whom all Christians should rally behind. The Church does not and will not support or prop up a particular political party or candidate. That is the free choice it leaves to its flock. The Church embraces members from diverse political persuasions and jealously protects their freedom of association. Nonetheless, based on our Christian principles, the Church can provide some guidance that could help its members make informed choices among the many candidates and political parties that present themselves for election.
  2. Drawing from the Social Teaching of Church, the qualities that candidates for political office should have are following: professional competence on political, economic and social programmes, courage to speak out the truth, concern for social justice, desire to work for the common good instead of self-enrichment, disposition to use power for service, especially service of the poor and under-privileged, openness to dialogue, good moral standing, transparency and accountability to the electorate (Cf. Building for Peace, # 11). Above all Christians should realise that they have a moral responsibility to vote for candidates who follow the example of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve and who emptied himself for the good of all (Cf. Mk 10:41-45).Therefore, Christians should not vote for candidates who are arrogant with a propensity to use violence, people with questionable moral standing, those with proven record of corruption and abuse of power and public resources and those who put narrow sectarian or ethnic interest before national interest and the common good.

REFERENDUM ON THE REVISED BILL OF RIGHTS

  1. We share the anxiety of many citizens in Zambia on the issue of referendum even as we are near our August elections this year. Little has been done by concerned government bodies to popularise the new and expanded draft Bill of Rights. Again, time seems to be against us in terms of making our people truly and objectively understand the contents of the said Bill and what they will be voting for or against in the proposed Referendum Question: Do you agree to the amendment to the Constitution of Zambia and to repeal and replace Article 79 of the Zambian Constitution? We are aware that some critical concerns have been raised in terms of the complexity of the Referendum Question itself as well as the symbols attached to it. On the other hand, it is our considered view that many of the constitutional changes we need to make that could improve the people’s quality of life and dignity hinge on reforming the current Bill of Rights. It is therefore imperative that more effort is made by both government and non-governmental actors, including the Church, to educate the people on the forthcoming elections and counsel them to vote wisely without coercing them to vote either yes or no.

OUR APPEAL

  1. We call upon all Zambians who registered as voters to turn up and cast their votes during the voting day. Voting is not only a right but also a duty to the country to help identify and put in place credible people who will make the state function in the promotion of the common good. Never get tired of voting, as your apathy will only give greater chance to opportunists to carry the day.
  2. To you our dear political leaders, we appeal to you to respect the views of others. If you truly want to be chosen for national governance, then you should show commitment to the common good that transcends partisan interests. If elected, you will have a duty to all, including those who are not your members or did not vote for you and your party.
  3. Further we call upon all Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to play an important role in educating, organising and mobilising the public. We call upon them to redouble their efforts in facilitating citizens to make meaningful participation in our electoral process. We also call upon organisations intending to monitor the elections to be adequately prepared for this task. They should be equally independent and free from manipulation and give the public truthful information about the proceedings of the elections.
  4. We again appeal to our own Catholic priests to remain non-partisan. As we clearly stated in our statement at the beginning of the year: “The Church law is very clear on this (Cf. Canon Law 285 and Catechism of the Catholic Church # 2442). It is morally wrong for the Catholic priest to use the pulpit to campaign for, or de-campaign any political party or parties. In as much as we welcome Catholic politicians to celebrate Mass with us, they must not be given any platform to speak during liturgical celebrations” (Cf. Let there be Peace Among Us, #31).
  5. To our dear lay faithful, we call upon you to get involved in the electoral process. It is our Christian duty to participate in the civic life of our society. After all, the Gospel challenges you to be “the salt of the earth … and … the light of the world…” (Mt 5: 13-14).Use opportunities availed by your structures and programmes to educate yourselves on election issues and urge your members to get involved as voters, and monitors.
  6. We make a special appeal to you, the youth, with the conviction that you have a greater stake in the future of this nation. We challenge you to be architects of a better Zambia by being agents of peace and reconciliation. We appeal to you to “refuse to be used as mere tools of violence by politicians” (Let there be peace among us,# 26)

CONCLUSION

  1. In conclusion, we appeal to all Zambians to realise that voting is one of their fundamental rights and duties. It is also a Christian duty. We thus pray that all citizens enter the August 11 general elections with a spirit of honesty, avoiding bribes and cheating. We also pray that all voters, political party leaders and their cadres may have at heart, the needed passion and commitment to build for peace and avoid all forms of violence. As St. Paul exhorts us, “Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody” (Romans 12:18).

(N.B This Pastoral Letter should be read in all Catholic Parish Churches and Prayer Centres on 24th July 2016, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time).

May God bless our nation!

Issued at Kapingila House, Lusaka, on 17th July, 2016 and signed by:

ZCCB LOGO PNGMost Rev. Telesphore-George Mpundu –Archbishop of Lusaka and ZEC President

Rt. Rev. Dr. Alick Banda – Bishop of Ndola and ZEC Vice-President

Most Rev. Ignatius Chama –Archbishop of Kasama

Rt. Rev. Raymond Mpezele – Apostolic Administrator of Livingstone

Rt. Rev. George Cosmas Zumaile Lungu – Bishop of Chipata

Rt. Rev. Charles Kasonde –Bishop of Solwezi

Rt. Rev. Evans Chinyama Chinyemba, OMI – Bishop of Mongu

Rt. Rev. Clement Mulenga, SDB – Bishop of Kabwe

Rt. Rev. Patrick Chilekwa Chisanga, OFM Conv. –Bishop of Mansa

Rt. Rev. Moses Hamungole –Bishop of Monze

Rt. Rev. Justin Mulenga – Bishop of Mpika

Rt. Rev. Benjamin S. Phiri – Auxiliary Bishop of Chipata

Rt. Rev. Aaron Chisha – Bishop Emeritus of Mansa

Mons. Valentine Kalumba, OMI – Bishop Elect of Livingstone

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Closing celebration of the Lua-Luo noviciate – July 2016


Arsene Kiboba 02 2016_JPEGBy Félix Arsène Kiboba, stagiaire on his way going to Nigeria.

We ended the 2016 spiritual year at St. Anne Parish in Kasama in July 2016. Twenty novices made their Declaration of Intention and were admitted to the ministry of Reader in the presence of our new Superior General, Father Stanley Lubungo. He was proud to say that it was his first duty as Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa. Were also present; Leonard Hategekimana, Clenerius Chimpali, Justin Sebakunzi, Lawrence Tukamushaba, Norbert Nkingwa, Didasio Mwanza and Anselm Mahwera, a confrere from Tanzania. Lots of our friends from various immersion places, where the novices made a short community experience, came to share this joyful celebration.

The Declaration of Intention was individually pronounced by each novice after the Gloria followed by the traditional song of Sancta Maria.

Closing ceremony 01 July 2016_JPEGIn his homely, father Stanley told us that Jesus Christ is inviting each Christian, not only to know the Holy Scriptures, but to put them into practice. He advised the students to live what they teach.

Friends and visitors were invited to Lua-Luo after Mass for a meal. Few gifts were given to the novices by some friends who wished them a bright future in their ministry as stagiaires.

Closing ceremony 02B July 2016

31 ENCONTRO QUINZENAL DE REFLEXÃO


COMISSÃO DIOCESANA DA JUSTIÇA E PAZ 31 29/06/2016

Destaques

  1. O projecto de vigilância nacional que Guebuza ofereceu ao filho

1.1. As câmaras de Mussumbuluku

Estão a ser montadas 450 câmaras de vigilância nas cidades de Maputo e Matola, no âmbito do projecto do comando nacional de intercepção e de informação que inclui as escutas telefónicas. O comando central de vigilância esta situado na Casa Militar.

  1. FMI quer auditoria internacional às contas da EMATUM, ProInducus e MAM.

Segundo a avaliação técnica feita pelo Fundo Monetário Internacional, a dívida pública tem agora alta probabilidade de ter atingido um nível de risco elevado de sobre endividamento.

  1. Renamo acusa Governo de intensificar bombardeamentos à Serra da Gorongosa

Em sessão de Comissão Mista de preparação de diálogo realizada em 20 de Junho de 2016, a Renamo queixou-se de intensificação dos bombardeamentos militares tendo como alvo Afonso Dhlakama.  

  1. Em menos de sete meses

Oito ladrões foram mortos pela população na Beira

  1. Escândalo da dívida pública
    • Beatriz Buchili diz que ainda não arguido devido à presunção de inocência.

Os processos em instrução preparatória não têm até ao momento, arguido, e chama à acolação aos princípios de presunção de inocência e de segredo de justiça.

  1. CFM necessitam de 400 milhões de dólares para reabilitação da linha férea Beira-Machipanda.
  2. No Distrito de Barué, província de Manica

Desconhecidos queimam sede distrital da Renamo

Primeiro secretário da Frelimo do posto Administrativo de Nhamapassa assassinado por homens que se supõem ser da Renamo.

  1. Director do Banco Mundial revela essencial o envolvimento dos cidadãos no processo de tomada de decisões.
  2. Governo pretende que PIC permaneca no Ministério do Interior
  3. Navio comercial afunda no Porto da Beira (tratado noutros jornais)

ZAMBEZE, 30/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Divida deixa o pais em maus lencoes (tratado noutros jornais)
  2. Apesar do número ter aumento para doze
    • Comissão Mista continua estagnada

A Comissão composta pela Renamo e Governo para preparar dialogo, num beco sem saída.

  1. Barrulho da PIC engasga Buclhili no Parlamento (tratado noutros jornais)
  2. Mocambique pressionado a investigar a violação dos Direitos Humanos

A Amnistia Internacional (AI) considera que Moçambique devera investigar de imediato todas as alegações de violação dos Direitos Humanos por agentes do Estado. Tais investigações, diz a AI, deverão ser completas e imparciais.

  1. Graça Machel ausculta adolescentes sobre situação da criança
  2. Por ocasião da Função Pública

Governadora da província de Sofala aperta o cerco a funcionários desonestos. Maria Helena Taipo, aproveitou o dia da Função Pública assinalado semana finda para lançar um aviso à navegação a todos os funcionários desonestos para abdicarem de práticas corruptas.

  1. Parlamento Juvenil quer saídas para problemas que o país enfrenta
  2. Cartão Vermelho contra as piores formas de trabalho infantil

Diz a Ministra do Trabalho e Segurança Social, Vitória Diogo, reconhecendo que em Moçambique existem manifestações de abusos de criança, situação que requer atenção de todos.

DIÁRIO DE MOÇAMBIQUE, 29/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Três figuras reforçam equipa governamental para o diálogo (tratado noutros jornais)
  2. Educação capacita formadores em matéria de nutrição
  3. Ao longo da EN1, Distrito de Machanga, Sofala

Homens armados da Renamo atacam passageiros em Mpinga

DIÁRIO DE MOÇAMBIQUE, 01/07/2016

Destaques

  1. Em Sofala

Aprendidos mais de 6 mil metros cúbicos de madeira

  1. Em instituições do Estado

Governo revela mecanismos para detectar desvios de fundos

NOSSA REFLEXÃO

Qual é o real Estado da Nação? Esta será pelo menos até aos próximos tempos uma questão imparável. A resposta a esta pergunta é única “péssimo”, ou “Pior de todos os tempos”.

Numa altura em que há uma luz no fundo do túnel com vista a busca de paz efectiva, embora sabemos que não será Perpétua como pensava um dos maiores filósofos alemão Emmanuel Kant. A tenção político-militar vai degenerando diariamente; a Dívida Pública começa a causar sérios problemas aos moçambicanos; o crime organizado continua a propalar-se a níveis assustadores e por conseguinte, o custo de vida a subir de forma avassalador.

As últimas informações indicam que a nossa dívida pública atingiu os níveis mais alarmantes de todos os tempos a nível de toda África. Moçambique está em risco de cair na caixa de lixo de maior devedor da História. E agora? Prendam os responsáveis. A impunidade de Guebuza e os seus dois filhos, a luta pela permanência da PIC sob a tutela do Ministério do Interior em vez da Procuradoria-Geral da República gelou a Procuradora-Geral da República no seu informe anual aos moçambicanos a ponto de não ter trazido dados substanciais para por cobro as situações da sua responsabilidade.

Por favor: Devolvam-nos o sossego, a concórdia, harmonia, a tranquilidade, a liberdade e a Paz que são os únicos garantes da dignidade de um Povo por um lado e por outro são estas, as sementes que possibilitam a construção de uma sociedade moderna democrática de direito e de justiça social.

Só nos resta PEDIR A DEUS PAI-TODO-PODEROSO QUE NÃO ABENDONE O SEU POVO. PAI, TENDE MISERICÓRDIA DE NÓS, TE IMPLORAMOS SENHOR.

A luta continua…. “Enquanto não encontrarem-se a misericórdia e a fidelidade, enquanto não abraçarem-se a paz e a justiça”, não calaremos….

O Secretário: João Dambiro – O Coordenador: Fidel Salazar   

Death of Father Joaquín Alegrías Joya


Joaquín Alegrías Joya_PNGFather José Morales M., Delegate Provincial of the Sector of Spain, informs us of the return to the Lord of Father Joaquín Alegrías Joya on Monday the 4th July 2016 at Almeria (Spain) at the age of 72, of which 37 years of missionary life in Malawi and in Spain.

Father Alegrias went to Mzuzu in 1972 as a Fidei Donum priest. He went back to the same diocese in 1986 as a missionary in various places such as Mzambazi, Kaseye and Nkhate Bay. He left Malawi in 2007.

Death of the father of Fr. Serge St-Arneault


Bastien 2016_PNGDeath of the father of Fr. Serge St-Arneault

I just got the news from my mother that my father called Bastien passed away this morning in Canada. He was hospitalised last April but recovered enough to be discharged. I was with him at that time but came back to Zambia in May. Since then, he was living in a special apartment where proper care was provided according to his old age and needs. It went on relatively well for some time but was hospitalised once more about two weeks ago. His pain increased to the point to get injections of morphine. The last days were really painful. He was very agitated. On his bed side were my brother Sylvain, his son Mathieu, my sister Lucie and her husband Daniel, my mother Laurette and my good friend Gervais and his wife Jacky. Other grand-children were also present.

The funerals will be held on Saturday 16 at 2:00 pm at St. Lawrence church in Trois-Rivières. Many thanks for your prayers and support. My father went to meet my sister Annie who died in 1989. “He is no longer suffering. Let us hope that they get a nice encounter in heaven”, says my mother.

Décès de Bastien St-Arneault (29/09/1924 – 05/07/2016)

5 juillet 2016, 15h15

Parents et amis,

Je suis tout juste de retour de Ndola situé à la frontière de la République Démocratique du Congo. Nous sommes arrivés à Lusaka vers 13h30 après un voyage d’environ cinq heures. Ce n’est que maintenant que je regarde mes courriels et maman m’annonce que papa est décédé de matin à 4h00, heure locale, ce qui correspond à 10h00 en Zambie. Dans un précédent message, mon frère Sylvain me disait qu’il était avec papa tard dans la nuit, à 3h15 du matin. Mathieu, son aîné, venait d’aller reconduire maman à la maison. Ma sœur Lucie et son conjoint Daniel devaient le remplacer vers 8h00. « Les dernières heures de papa ont été très pénibles. Papa a beaucoup souffert. Il s’est calmé après l’injection de morphine. C’est triste de le voir dans cet état. On dit souvent qu’on l’aime. Parfois, il nous reconnaît et ses yeux nous parlent » de dire Sylvain. Papa n’est donc pas resté aux soins palliatifs longtemps. Lucie a informé maman et elle est retournée immédiatement à l’hôpital avec Daniel. « Il a fini de souffrir. Prions ensemble afin qu’il ait une belle rencontre avec Annie » écrit maman.

Je tiens à vous remercier de tout cœur pour vos pensées et vos prières. En famille, entre nous, on se dit souvent qu’on s’aime. Au nom de ma famille, je vous dis aussi que nous vous aimons tous, car, nous le savons, vous nous aimez en retour. C’est cette chaîne d’amour qui guide nos pas vers l’espérance et le grand Amour que Dieu a pour nous, ses enfants. Un merci particulier pour mon grand ami, un vrai frère, Gervais Dumais et Jacky sa conjointe qui ont été eux aussi au chevet de papa.

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Je viens de parler avec maman, Lucie et Daniel sur Skype. Nous partageons les mêmes pleurs, mais demeurons sereins. Ils sont tous très fatigués après une telle nuit. Les funérailles de papa auront lieu le samedi 16 juillet à 14h00 à l’église Saint-Laurent à Trois-Rivières. Papa avait demandé d’être incinéré. Je ne serai pas présent, du moins physiquement. L’urne funéraire sera gardée jusqu’à mon prochain congé l’année prochaine. Nous vous inviterons pour une autre célébration. D’ailleurs, c’est une coutume dans beaucoup de pays africains de célébrer la vie d’un être cher une année après son décès. On appelle ça, le « lever du deuil ». Encore une fois, merci pour votre amour et vos prières. Avec ma bénédiction. Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr

Sedos Residential Seminar May 2 to 6, 2016 – Arricia, Rome.


I took part last May in a seminar organised by SEDOS (Centre of Documentation and Study) in Rome.  We were 120 participants made up of priests, religious men and women from all five continents.  Four Missionaries of Africa participated in the seminar: Denis Pam from Rwanda, Filiyanus Ekka from India, Frank Rossmann from Germany, and Boris Yabre from Mozambique. Two Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa were as well among us.

SEDOS RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR 2016 - Arricia, RomeThe world is in constant pain, torn by divisions, violence, wars and mutual rejection, cultural and religious tensions. This has brought about the theme of the seminar: Interculturality: Living and Mission.

Inspired and helped by some erudite guess speakers from Italy, Japan, Cameroon, India, United States and Peru, we have come to better understand that interculturality, rather than an issue, is an opportunity.  It is a golden chance to go beyond oneself in order to learn, share, love and grow.

We need to move away from our egocentrism tendencies and learn to appreciate “cultural relativism”. Thus, it should be admitted that no culture is superior or inferior to another. “Rather, we could say that every culture is unique and none of them can be identified with another one. Every identity presupposes diversity which remains the starting point for intercultural dialogue and communication between cultures.” Indeed, every culture is a gift from God not only to a specific group but to be cherished by the whole humanity. Each culture is unique and should not be undermined. Put together, cultures in their diversities make up a common richness to be enjoyed by the whole world.

Interculturality is an evangelical necessity whereby conversion of the heart, the mind and the will are needed as experience shows how conflictual can be our intercultural religious communities. That implies widening continuously our horizons and making steps toward the other with the unique intention of knowing and giving a space that is due to that person.

Personality and interculturality are to be reconciled and balanced in the practice of community living. We may belong to the same cultural background and yet we have different personalities. The danger appears when someone judges an entire culture from one’s subjective experience from an individual belonging to this particular culture.

Boris-Yabre-2015The SEDOS seminar was excellent. It was a moment to experience our unity within the diversity inside the Church and in the world. The leaders of our little missionary Society thought well of sending four of us to take part in it. We are happy and grateful. We shall try our best to put into practice what our ears have heard.

Someone once sang, “different colours, one people”. I want to add, “different cultures, one people”.

Boris Yabre, M.Afr, Mozambique