Birthday celebration for Raphael Gasimba, M.Afr, in Mozambique

raphael-gasimba-anniversary-2016-04By Dimitri Yampa, stagiaire in Dombe Parish

The 29th September was really a symbolic day for our community in Dombe. We are lucky to have an archangel with us, meaning Padre Raphael Gasimba who was celebrating his 58th birthday anniversary and his patron feast. The whole community was very happy. The celebration was held in the evening when we welcomed our Brothers and Sisters of the “Obra the Maria”, “Fazenda da Esperança”, little Sisters of Mary Immaculate and two other Brothers from Zimbabwe who wish to join the Missionaries of Africa. Everyone was involved in the preparation of the evening party; songs, cake, one (but only one!) bottle of champagne. Wonderful time to celebrate life joyfully. May the intercession of the archangels Raphael, Miguel and Gabriel bring many more fruitful missionary years to Father Gasimba.

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Newsletter South Africa No 67 – 27th September 2016

newsletter-south-africa-no-67-titleMy dear Friends, Greetings! I hope you are keeping well. Spring is in the air, and it is time to revive ourselves also! Every month, I read with great interest the reports of the KwaZulu Natal Vocation Team; they are a group of more than fifteen Seminarians and Sisters studying in Cedara; they belong to different congregations, and they meet regularly (mostly once a month). They also go to various parishes where, after the Sunday Mass, they interact with the youths on the theme of vocations: some of them have started to show genuine interest in discerning their own vocation. Bravo to the KZN Vocations Team! Keep up your good work!

Indeed, many young people are questioning themselves on the meaning of life and their own place in this pretty mixed up world. Last Sunday, 25th September, a very interesting Vocation Retreat was held at Bosco Youth Centre in Walkerville. Eighteen young men and women actively participated. They had attended most of the monthly discernment meetings at the Johannesburg cathedral during the year. The highlight of the retreat was surely the “Way of Mercy” we did while climbing a mountain and keeping a prayerful and reflective silence; at one station, we had the chance to have confessions; the two priests were kept very busy, as everyone came to the sacrament. On top of the mountain, near a big cross, we recited the chaplet of mercy. Then we came down for Mass. At the end of Mass eight of them received a special blessing, as they had decided where to go next year: either to the seminary or to the convent.

newsletter-south-africa-no-67-sambiLast month, I mentioned our new-comer, Pascal Sambi, from Burkina Faso. On Monday, his community drove him to Assisi, near Port Shepstone, where he is starting his Zulu course. Good luck, Pascal!

In a few days, we shall enter MISSION MONTH (October). The theme Pope Francis gives us this year is: MISSIONARY CHURCH, WITNESS OF MERCY. Read below a quotation from his letter for World Mission Sunday (23rd October). God calls everyone to be a missionary. Maybe he calls you to be a missionary “ad gentes”.

“The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the ‘missio ad gentes’ (Mission outside our country) as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to “go out” as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old.” Pope Francis


Mafrwestafrica lettre du 24 septembre 2016

Mafrwestafrica logoAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site


« Début de l’année 2016-2017 au noviciat de Bobo-Dioulasso » les noms des novices et quelques photos envoyées par le responsable (lire la suite)

« Rentrée académique à Abidjan », un article traduit de l’anglais par un des étudiants venant de la Province du Sud de l’Afrique (lire la suite)


« Les JMJ, témoignage de deux confrères africains », Michel Ouedraogo et Jean Baptiste Uzele, tous deux à Marseille (lire la suite)

« Témoignage de Mikalli Tamar à Assise », au sujet de la Syrie et de la paix bien difficile à y faire régner (lire la suite)

« Les trente ans d’Assise » quelque 500 dignitaires religieux se sont réunis à Assise pour construire la paix. Quelques-unes de leurs interventions (lire la suite)

« Confrères décédés récemment et ayant servi dans la PAO » dont Xavier Boinot, le 22 septembre 2016 (lire la suite)

Dialogue interreligieux

« Le fondement du dialogue selon le pape François », à propos de la première rencontre « l’Amérique en dialogue – Notre maison commune » qui s’est tenue à Rome le 8 septembre 2016 (lire la suite)

« Islamisme et tiédeur de la foi chrétienne », les convictions de l’archevêque de Vienne à ce propos (lire la suite)

Justice et Paix

« Le Burkina un an après le putsch manqué » un certain nombre de questions qui se posent : informations prises sur le site de Jeune Afrique (lire la suite)

« Message final du pape François à Assise », le texte complet, pris sur le site du Vatican pour la clôture de cette rencontre interreligieuse : la première du genre a eu lieu en 1986 (lire la suite)

Vu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« Où en est le Gabon le 23 septembre ? » les dernières nouvelles prises sur le site de Jeune Afrique au sujet de l’élection présidentielle du Gabon (lire la suite)

« Mines d’or en Afrique de l’Ouest » informations à ce sujet sur le site de la revue Jeune Afrique (lire la suite)

70th Anniversary Celebrations of Murraça Parish and the White Fathers in Mozambique.

fr-charles-pollet-2By Hugh Seenan (Parish Priest of Murraça 2004-2007)

On the 4th September 2016, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, our first parish in Mozambique, celebrated 70 years of its foundation. The first group of White Fathers, Albert Garin, Charles Pollet, Cesar Bertulli and Paolo Marostica founded the parish on the 5th June 1946, meaning as well that 2016 marks 70 years of the White Fathers in Mozambique. The initial location was Magagade 18km from the present location in Murraça, the name it is now famous for. Murraça is on the opposite bank of the Zambezi where the Chire enters the river.

Archbishop Claudio Dalla Zuanna, Archbishop of Beira, led the celebrations. The day also marked the celebration for the Year of Mercy for the parishes along the River Zambezi, many founded from Murraça. A Vigil on the Saturday Night marked the start of the celebrations. The pilgrims passed through the Holy Door parish by parish.  Unfortunately, because of the war only a small group of pilgrims could come from Beira.  A carful came with the Archbishop making a long detour via Maringue and Sena to avoid the military convoy. A handful of us travelled by passenger train that up to now has not been attacked as it passes through the war zone. This included António Dina, who belongs to the first group who completed primary school in Murraça. He said a few words at the end of Mass speaking warmly of our first confreres and their successors. All had a great day.

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