Mafrwestafrica lettre du 22 novembre 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

« Statistiques de l’Église 2016 » des chiffres pris sur le site du Vatican (lire la suite)

« Visite de Francis Barnes à Bobo-Dioulasso » au sujet de cette visite du premier assistant général, un texte et des photos envoyés par Manolo Gallego (lire la suite)

« Trump et l’immigration » des informations prises sur le site de Radio France Internationale (lire la suite)

« Ordination Albert Kondemodre à Kaya » notre jeune confrère qui a terminé ses études en Afrique du Sud sera ordonné prêtre le 17 décembre (lire la suite)

Témoignages 

« Récollection pour l’Avent 2016 » une proposition faite par le père Herman Bastijns (lire la suite)
« Les membres du Conseil Général » une brève présentation de chacun des cinq membres du conseil élu lors du dernier chapitre (lire la suite)

Dialogue interreligieux

« Rencontre interreligieuse à Paris » entre juifs, chrétiens, musulmans et bouddhistes (lire la suite)
« Un même Dieu, oui mais… » sur le site de l’ARCRE, un article reçu (lire la suite)

« Marie dans la Coran » : accès à un article de Aicha Landhiri du Groupe de recherche islamo-chrétienne (lire la suite)

Justice et Paix

« Festival ciné droit libre » à Ouagadougou, du 10 au 17 décembre 2016. Ce sera la douzième édition de cet événement. (lire la suite)

« Le pape s’adresse aux responsables de Caritas » à sa manière, c’est à dire très librement, mais la retransmission de son discours a été brutalement coupée (lire la suite)

Vu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« Résultats du referendum en Côte d’Ivoire ». Le vote avait lieu le 30 octobre, les résultats ont été connus le 4 novembre (lire la suite)

« Elections municipales au Mali » certains bureaux de vote n’ont pas pu ouvrir, article pris sur le site de RFI. (lire la suite)

Chakwela makumbi rainmaking ceremony of the Soli: A faith event.


patrick_mumbiBy Patrick Mumbi, M.Afr (FENZA)

The literal translation of chakwela makumbi is ‘pulling down the clouds’. At this time of the year in Zambia, the earth is dry parched, people are thirsty and therefore hankering for rain. In some places, animals have begun to die. It is why Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II, through the ancestors, intercedes to God for a good rainfall. The seeds of sorghum, maize and other ones are brought to her. While at prayer, she shells maize, pumpkin seeds and squeezes sorghum into the gourd and mixes them. She raises eyes to heaven and cries to God.

I heard her prayer; “God of my ancestors, of heaven and earth, open your heavens and pour down rain to us. To whom can we go except to you our Father? I am your creature and you created me and you can take my life if you want.” After a lengthy prayer and while kneeling, she begins to sob and threw herself prostrate to the ground. This is a reminiscence of the psalmist distress; “I cry aloud, I cry aloud to God that he may hear me,” Psalm77, 142.

Women worshippers began to wipe away her tears. This was a moving prayer and I felt tears in my eyes too. I then saw some dark clouds forming in the sky. I could not help but think that God has definitely listened to such powerful prayers. I sensed a deep concentration on the side of the people as they implored God. I also could not help but notice the humility of people as they clapped their hands to God.

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Also, prominent among the people, were a group of women worshippers, whom some people may call babinde, dressed in black symbolising the dark rain clouds. I was told that, in former times, the people chosen to go and pray were erecting some shelters in the forest. These were special people like diviner rain makers or cousin clan members (abena mfula na bena bowa). While they were in the forest, they would pray for rain and it would immediately pour down. During yesterday’s prayers, I saw some herbs and a black chicken placed on a black cloth within the same area of prayer. In the background, there was a chanting invocation song; “Twakabomba kuli mwami, mukamambo, katiye tulumbe,” meaning “we are saying thank you to the Chieftainess Mukamambo II. Let us go and say thank you.”

A woman worshipper dressed in black came and snatched away the black chicken, swung it and threw it at the other women seated nearby. This act was a symbolic gesture showing that our ancestor did not go empty-handed when approaching God. They would offer sacrifices to God in their supplication.

As Clifford Geertz said, the power of symbols lies in the ability to transform experiences by constructing a sacred reality upon which everyday events of life are grounded. Symbolic gestures reflect unconscious wishes, longing desires and even desperation. When people communicate through their ancestors with symbols, their prayers are addressed to God. They are speaking to God and not to a mountain, a big tree or the waterfalls. These are just spiritual symbols to solicit God’s power and benevolence.

chakwela-makumbi-rainmaking-ceremony-of-the-soli-03The second part of chakwela makumbi ceremony was the planting of seeds by the Chieftainess. At this time, she lights the fire within the cleared bush and burns a heap of stalks of maize. She then plants sorghum, maize, pumpkin seeds, etc. while people were again imploring God in a solemn song; “ilaloko, ilaloko kuli babinde, twebene mandondo, twebene imfula ilaloko ilaloko katuna tubyala. The language of this song is quite ancient. But the literal translation could mean; “it has rained, the raindrops are there, the rainmakers are praying the owners before the planting season.” This song implies that it would even rain at time before the planting season. But it could also mean that before the chief plants crops no one is supposed to do it.

Kings, Chiefs and Chieftainesses possess sacred powers over the land and there are the ones to sanction the planting season. This also corresponds to the sanctioning of gathering caterpillars among the Bemba people of Northern Province. Before the Paramount chief of the Bemba offers sacrifice to God, no one is allowed to gather caterpillars or else something worse will befall him or her. If this order is ignored, these are times when we hear that someone has been swallowed up by a python.

Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II herself is a Catholic Christian. For that reason, the ceremony begins with a solemn inculturated Mass. People know that she goes to sweep and clean the premises around the church. According to them, this should not what a Chieftainess should do. When people try to stop her sweeping and taking away weeds around the church, she answers them saying; “in heaven, there are no Kings or Chiefs. We are all the same!”

Venue of the event: Chongwe

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Newsletter South Africa No 68 – 27th October 2016


newsletter-south-africa-no-68-titlenewsletter-south-africa-no-68-ordainedGreetings! Surely, a very important event which took place on 1st October is the ordination to the diaconate of 6 of our students in Merrivale. Being at the end of their third year of theology in Cedara, they were ordained deacons. They are Alfred and Daniel (both Rwandese), Amorain (Togolese), Anthony (Ghanaian), Eric, (Mexican) and Theophile (Burkinabe). On the same day, eleven candidates of second year received the order of acolyte, their first step toward priesthood. They are Philippe (Malian), Christopher (Zambian), Martin, Robert and Victor (all Burkinabe), Éric and Pierre (both Congolese), Ryan (Filipino), Silas (Burundian), Dominic (Indian), and Francis (Nigerian).

Our deacons ordained last year – now in their fourth and last year of theology – will, in the coming weeks, go to their respective home-countries to be ordained priests and take a well-deserved holiday with their families. After two or three months’ rest, they will go to the missions where they have been appointed. They are Robin (Zambian, appointed to Tunisia), Damian (Ugandan, appointed to DR Congo), Alphonse (Rwandese, appointed to Burkina Faso), Albert (Burkinabe, appointed to Tunisia) and Konrad (Tanzanian, appointed to South Africa). CONGRATULATIONS to all! We place you all in our prayers that you may be good and faithful missionaries. These are really good news to celebrate Mission Month!

As we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our foundation (1868-2018), we rejoice in having so many young Africans joining our ranks! At present there are 492 students in our formation programme (all in different African countries); 90% of them come from within Africa. During the first hundred years of our existence, our candidates came from Europe and North America. In Africa, our priority was to promote the diocesan clergy, and not our own missionary Society; we wanted first to establish a strong local Church. Only in the last 30 to 40 years have we started to recruit in Africa for our own. At present, 284 of our members are African. Our new Superior General and 2 of his 4 assistants are from Africa. Thus, we are starting to fulfil the wish of our founder: the initial work of evangelisation would be done by European and North American M.Afr., but it would be continued by the Africans themselves! Yet, we are still waiting and hoping for some South Africans to join us!

newsletter-south-africa-no-68-pdf-coverThis month, Patrick, our only candidate, wrote from Ghana. Here is a short excerpt from his email (in the box to the right). As you can see, we put a lot of emphasis on the learning of the local language, so we may be closer to the heart of the people we work with. Also, I had a chance to visit Pascal (see last month’s Newsletter) on 13th October in Assisi; he is really working hard on learning Zulu! Keep it up, Pascal! In Henley, they are waiting for you!

God bless you as his missionary. Fr. Michel Meunier, M.Afr

Interviewed (in French) on KTOTV in France about the cult of ancestors with the participation of Norbert Mwashibongo, M.Afr


Norbert Mwashibongo was in Edenglen, South Africa, for some months. He has been interviewed on KTOTV in France about the cult of ancestors.

norbert-mwashibongo-2016-youtubeAjoutée le 9 oct. 2016

Dans la Collection Vie de l´Église. Vous avez été nombreux, lors d´une précédente émission, il y a un an, à vous interroger sur les cultes traditionnels et le regard que porte sur eux l´Église. Une interrogation qui concerne certes les continents africains et sud-américains, mais pas uniquement : avec les échanges, les diasporas africaines et américaines sont venues aussi en Europe et ce sont des questions qui concernent tous les continents, tous les pays. Qu´est-ce donc que ce culte des ancêtres ? Est-ce uniquement du paganisme ou de l´animisme, comme on le disait naguère ? Quel regard l´Église doit-elle porter sur ces religions traditionnelles ? Pour en parler, Pierre Diarra, responsable formation aux Œuvres pontificales missionnaires et auteur du document épiscopal sur le culte des ancêtres et père Norbert Mwishabongo, Missionnaire d´Afrique de la congrégation des Pères Blancs.
La Foi prise au Mot du 09/10/2016.

Durée de 52 minutes.

Mafrwestafrica lettre du 18 octobre 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

« Décès de Mr Francis Konkobo », père du Père Camille Konkobo, Burkinabè et Missionnaire d’Afrique en Zambie (lire la suite)

Témoignages 

« Serment et diaconat à Merrivale » maison de formation des Missionnaires d’Afrique en Afrique du sud (lire la suite)

« Le Frère Jan Heuft témoigne » : ce frère Néerlandais a passé de très nombreuses années en Algérie (lire la suite)

Dialogue interreligieux

« Un conte Bambara » mis à notre disposition par le père Charles Bailleul qui a passé de très nombreuses années au Mali (lire la suite)

« Norbert Mwishabongo sur KTO » le chemin d’accès à une émission sur les religions traditionnelles africaines (lire la suite)

« Mgr B. Auza à l’ONU » Aucune raison de peut justifier le terrorisme, dit cet évêque Philippin à l’ONU le 5 octobre passé (lire la suite)

Justice et Paix

« Le Pape François à Bakou, Azerbaidjan » avec le texte de son discours à cette occasion (lire la suite)

Vu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« Burkina Faso, coalition de l’opposition » tout ne va pas pour le mieux pour Mr Roch Marc Christian Kabore (lire la suite)

« Côte d’Ivoire, référendum à venir » à la fin de ce mois d’octobre 2016, au sujet de la nouvelle constitution (lire la suite)

« Au Mali, rentrée des classes difficile à Kidal » avec un retard de près de trois de semaines (lire la suite)

« Niger, attaque contre une prison repoussée » sans doute la prison la plus sûre du pays. (lire la suite)

Southern Deanery monthly Jubilee Year of Mercy Mass – Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg, South Africa


southern-deanery-monthly-jubilee-year-of-mercy-mass-copieBy Mark Kisogloo

The Southern Deanery’s monthly Mass for the Jubilee of Mercy produced an enthusiastic turnout as it so happened to fall on the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It was hosted by the parishes of St Thomas, Lenasia and St Joseph, Mayfair. Mass was celebrated by Fr Raymond McQuarrie, assisted by Fr Mathieu van Vlierden, as well as Fr Laszlo Kapati, Fr John Thompson and various other priests.

The evening began with adoration, benediction, reciting of the Rosary and litany of the saints and Mass. It was extremely special since parishioners of St Thomas presented candles to the statue of Our Lady after every reading from the Rosary, as well as offering, before Mass, a garland for all the priests in attendance.

Before the reading from the Gospel took place, it was presented to the community and accompanied by a liturgical dance performed by parishioners of St Thomas in traditional dress. It was a holy, but joyous, occasion.

A birthday cake was served to all in attendance at the end of the evening to commemorate the birth of Our Lady.

AD News – A publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg,

October 2016, volume 31 No 6 – adnews@catholicjhb.org.za

We need to listen to Pope Francis’ appeal.


Venerato Babaine 2016_JPEGBy Venerato Deus Babaine, M.Afr

“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation, which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges… All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvement and talents” (n°14).

The earth is “our common home” is a beautiful statement. The word home, simple as it is, tells a great story about the life of any living creature. It provokes the sentiments of belonging, tranquillity and joyfulness revealed in Sacred Scripture in the book of Genesis “Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden…. and he placed there the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad (Gen. 2:8-9, The African Bible). The themes in this short text are clear: the presence of a person on earth endowed with dignity, the soils that sustain vegetation, plenty of food and trees that provide an aesthetic milieu, abundance of life and possibility to discern the authenticity of life.

laudato-si-pope-francisWhen the Pope makes this appeal, he is deeply aware of some of the debates at various conventions held since the 1970s that have led to declarations and policies. These debates have seen shifts in the emphasis laid on certain topics. At the beginning, the stress was on development and its sustainability. The stress has now come to be on the earth itself and the impact that human action has had in these last centuries of industrialised development. This shift has forced a number of states to formulate polices regarding the environment and ecology and some have enshrined them in their national constitutions. Techno-science has given us more information. Religions are more aware of the material world. Inevitably, this has affected human consciousness and made it reflect seriously on the issues and to take action without exclusively basing themselves on faith or scientific grounds. Occurrences of floods, the melting of polar-ice or snow on some mountain tops in Africa, expansion of desserts, air and water pollution, rapid extinction of some fauna and flora species, depletion of bog-lands and wetlands, irregular seasons, all trigger despair and debate among housewives, herd boys , sailors, policy makers and techno-scientists. These events affect the safety, security and happiness of humanity.

It is said that our common home has enough for everybody’s need but not everybody’s greed. The Pope calls for a conversion to be more responsible and concerned about others. The encyclical mentions that the resources of the earth has been exploited to satisfy the greedy at the expense of the needy. It calls for a balanced life-style and moderation of human passions, which Hippocrates had mentioned before the era of Jesus. One important point, does not feature strongly; the population explosion. There are too many feet treading the earth and too many stomachs to fill. There is a remarkable population increase in every country. The more population grows the more facilities we need; more food and space are required. The animal population has also multiplied and they need more space and feedstuffs. Consequently, lamentations rise instead of praises. We need more space for living as well as for more food and water. In a long run, more rubbish will be generated leading to more pollution. The human population seems to claim more rights over the other members on the block.

If we are still inspired by the ‘Genesis concept’ of Eden, where it was all good, we have to design policies, adapt our catechesis and change our habits and create awareness among the earth’s inhabitants.

“This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life. A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set-out on the long path of renewal (n°202) Commitment to ecological concerns without the promotion of the human dignity is futile. The earth needs to be a home for all creatures.

We have to engage in matters of justice, advocacy for equal opportunities, provide a home for refugees and migrants. We need to respect and appreciate people’s cultures and traditions. We need to promote basic rights such as food, shelter and gender equality. Among us there should not be any segregation based on anything.

We need to cultivate a fascination for landscapes, vegetation, water, animals and fish. We have to contribute towards harmony in “our common home” by conserving or planting trees, cleaning our streets, or closing a water-tap. We have to engage neighbourhood communities in biodiversity protection campaigns by using modern media. We need to know more about the natural sciences to be able to pass it on to others and get a better understanding about the natural world.

 See: Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and human ecology.

PDF file: We need to listen to Pope Francis’ appeal

PDF file: Il nous faut écouter l’appel du Pape François.

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 http://www.mafrwestafrica.net.

Actualités

« 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)

Témoignages 

« 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)

Newsletter South Africa No 66 – 28th August 2016


Newsletter South Africa no 66 titleGreetings! I hope you are well. I just received this letter here, on the right) from Patrick who explains where he is now and where he will stay for the coming two years. Enjoy reading it.

Dear Brothers and Sisters Greeting from afar!!! Ghana, Tamale in Nyankpala, where I am appointed for pastoral experience. I arrived in Ghana on 19th July, and so far I am just observing. Let me give you first an idea of what this period of pastoral experience is all about and then update you with what I have been doing so far, and what I will do, before I start swimming fully in these two years of pastoral experience.

The aim of these two years is to train me and prepare me for missionary life. These are years when the apostolic and pastoral components (working with youth, community development, various visits to the local people, catechism classes, to mention but a few) are predominant. The main task is for the apostolate, as well as a time of discernment. It will be a time of test to see if I have the necessary qualities to live a missionary life. This is by being a disciple of Jesus in the society of the Missionaries of Africa. Moreover, it is still a period of confirmation of the choice I made during my spiritual year. Briefly, those few lines give you a picture of what the period of pastoral experience is all about.

So far I have been assigned to a community in Tamale, Nyankpala. It is made of four members, two confrere-priests, John Amona (Ghana) and Gazena Haile (Ethiopia) and one who is in his second year of pastoral experience, Martial Kedem (Burkina-Faso). The four of us, from different parts of Africa, form a community of Missionaries of Africa in Nyankpala.

Newsletter South Africa No 66  FrFrom September 4th I will be going for my cultural classes (to learn the culture of the local people). This will last for a month. Thereafter, I will be sent to one of the families in the village, to learn the local language and to deepen my knowledge of the local culture. Last Sunday I went to the Ordination of Fr. Mathew Benze in Bolgatanga. This is where initially I was appointed (my appointment was changed to Nyankpala when I arrived in Accra). I was so happy to meet the big family of the M. Afr. I met Serge Boroto and Amani Dieudonné (who both did their theology in South Africa), and Timothée Bationo (who is in charge of Formation in Chipata, Zambia).

I will update you more as time goes by. I ask for your prayers that I may constantly listen to God’s voice and continue trusting Him in my life. I too, will keep you in my prayers. Happy new month of September! May Christ’s peace be with you all. Your Brother in Christ. Patrick Kalonji Kadima.

Here, we just received a M.Afr student, who will be in South Africa for two years as well, for his pastoral experience. He is now with us in Edenglen, but next week he will go to KwaZulu Natal to join his community in Henley. But before starting to work there, he will go spend at least three months in Assisi, near Port Shepstone to learn IsiZulu. He is from Burkina Faso, and his name is Pascal Sambi. He spent one year with Patrick in Kasama, Zambia, for his novitiate. Welcome, Pascal!

On Saturday, 27th, in St. Patrick’s Parish, Larochelle, a Lay Leaders’ Conference gathered more than 200 people from all parishes of Johannesburg Archdiocese.

Our Missionary Group was given a chance to explain that we must be missionaries not only “ad intra” (among ourselves), but also “ad extra” (outside our own country). I gave a talk in that sense, and also Bishop Jan DeGroef, M.Afr spoke abundantly in this same line. The people were very interested and promised to do their best to foster missionary vocations in their parishes.

We continue to pray for missionary vocations. Our Lady of the Assumption, (whom we just celebrated last Sunday) please, pray for us and with us for more young men to answer generously the call your Son. Amen! Fr. Michel Meunier, M.Afr

Newsletter South Africa No. 66 August 2016

Visit of Nizamiye mosque on Tuesday 5th July 2016.


Fethula Gulen 3By Christophe Boyer, M.Afr

As I do every year, I went to greet some Muslims during the Ramadan carrying with me a printed letter of good wishes written by the Pontifical Congregation for Interreligious Dialogue. That afternoon, I went with George Okwii, M.Afr, to visit the Nizamiye mosque that is probably the most welcoming mosque of Gauteng. It belongs to Turquoise Harmony Institute of famous Fethula Gulen accused recently of being the mastermind of a coup d’état in Turkey. Some compare him to Trotsky whereas Erdogan is associated to Stalin.

We arrived during a prayer session. A young guide called Ali took care of us once the prayer was finished. Ali is from Soweto whose parents could not afford to pay for his studies. So he did his primary and secondary studies in the boarding school of Nizamiye. It follows the curriculum of South Africa while its pupils also memorise the Koran in two or three years. After learning all the rituals of Islam, Ali will be able to become an imam though he is following some courses at the university and act as a guide at the mosque.

He received us in a beautiful reception hall made in Ottoman style. He showed us the small museum of the mosque where one can see beautiful pictures about Islam. One of them is a chilly letter from Prophet Mohamed asking some people to convert to Islam or else to be killed! Surely it was as self-defence in an age where interreligious dialogue was unknown. We then proceeded to the courtyard where one can see the lay out of the boarding school upstairs. We entered the mosque where an imam was reciting the Koran to a group of teenagers. The size of the building is about two third of the model in Turkey. Most materials were imported from that country even the builders and the craftsmen.

Ali Katircioglu 2Then we went to greet Ali Katircioglu, the founder of that mosque. The dialogue was a bit slow since Katircioglu communicates only in Turkish. Our guide Ali went to Turkey to learn that language but he is not yet fluent. We offered him the printed letter of good wishes from Rome written in English. His assistants translated it for him.

We were invited to stay for the breaking of the fast. At ground level, there was a meeting for the Directors of the complex (mosque, school, clinic, shopping centre…) where elaborate food was on display. But we went to eat in the underground where about a hundred ordinary people were sharing simple food on a metallic tray. Some of them are South African Muslims who find it convenient to have their supper there. Others are illegal immigrants who are very grateful to have a free meal.

We went home glad to experience once more that the Holy Spirit moves people of all creeds.

Visit of Nizamiye mosque on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

Mafrwestafrica lettre du 23 août 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

« Nouvelles du Burkina » en lien avec les inondations dévastatrices et les problèmes liés à l’exploitation de l’or (lire la suite).

« Décès de Mgr Judes Bicaba » le 19 août 2016 à Paris : annonce du décès, et possibilité de retrouver le curriculum vitae de l’évêque du diocèse de Dédougou (lire la suite).

Témoignages

“Soeur Marguerite Delaporte”, une femme missionnaire SMNDA qui a fait sa profession en 1925, a marqué la congrégation par ses responsabilités et ses dons artistiques (lire la suite).

“Confrères décédés récemment et ayant servi dans la PAO” deux confrères, un français et un belge. (lire la suite).

Dialogue interreligieux

« Attentat de St Etienne de Rouvray » avec la possibilité de se rendre sur le site de la Croix pour l’ensemble du dossier de ce quotidien (lire la suite).

« Notre Dame de la confiance » une chapelle dans un quartier populaire de Paris, où se vivent des expériences de rencontre islamo-chrétiennes (lire la suite).

Justice et Paix

« Mali : Ras Bath libéré sous contrainte » suite aux manifestations qui se sont déroulée pour la libération de ce chroniqueur critique du gouvernement malien (lire la suite).

ABC Burkina logoVu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« Conflit entre agriculteurs et éleveurs dans le Nahouri » un article paru sur le site abcburkina.net et qui relate ces affrontements dans le département de Guiaro (lire la suite).
« Niger : Boko Haram toujours bien présent », des informations prises sur le site de « Jeune Afrique » (lire la suite).

« Mali toujours sous tension », là aussi un article pris sur le site de Jeune Afrique faisant allusion aux combats entre le CMA– dominante touareg- et le Gatia – pro gouvernemental (lire la suite).

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)

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

PDF FULL VERSION OF THIS PASTORAL LETTER

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   

Mafrwestafrica lettre du 30 juin 2016


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

Actualités

« Le nouveau maire de Ouagadougou » un article publié dans le magazine « Jeune Afrique » (lire la suite)

« Le développement plutôt que le sécuritaire » un article publié le 24 juin à propos de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. (lire la suite)

 Témoignages 

« Contempler les paraboles » un texte proposé par le père Herman Bastijns pour un temps de retraite. (lire la suite)

« Boko Haram au Niger » le texte reçu d’un étudiant Missionnaire d’Afrique qui vit son stage de formation à Niamey. (lire la suite)

« Formation chez les SMNDA » un article écrit par une « Sœur Blanche » et qui nous parle de la formation au sein de cette congrégation missionnaire très proche des Pères Blancs (lire la suite)

Dialogue interreligieux

« Ramadan, Dialogue, Coran » : trois articles récents pris sur le site de l’A.R.C.R.E. (lire la suite)
« Quel dialogue est possible ? » Une question qui se pose d’une manière de plus en plus forte dans la situation actuelle. (lire la suite)

Justice et Paix

« A l’aube d’un nouveau moyen-âge » Même si nous vivons en 2016, de nombreux signes préoccupants de notre société nous renvoient loin en arrière (lire la suite)

« Magistrats en colère au Burkina » un article datant du 16 juin, sur le site « Afrik.com ». Les magistrats remettent en effet en cause l’action des autorités politiques au sein du conseil supérieur de la magistrature (lire la suite)

Vu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« Où en est le Mali suite aux accords d’Alger ? » Ces accords datent du 20 juin 2015. Des informations prises sur le site de Radio France Internationale. (lire la suite)

« Le chef d’Ansar Dine menace les forces internationales » Toujours sur le Mali, des informations à la fois très récentes, et des explications plus anciennes au sujet des divers groupes islamiques s’y trouvant (lire la suite)

29 – 30 ENCONTRO QUINZENAL DE REFLEXÃO


COMISSÃO DIOCESANA DA JUSTIÇA E PAZCANAL DE MOCAMBIQUE, 22/06/2016

Destaques

  1. A empresa holandesa dona da EMATUM

Para além da Mozambique EMATUM Finance BV, com sede na Holanda, foi criada uma outra empresa em Agosto de 2013, denominada Stichting Mozambique EMATUM Finance.

A Stichting Mozambique EMATUM é dona das acções da EMATUM na Holanda e partilha os mesmos escritórios com a Mozambique EMATUM Finance BV, em Amsterdão. A empresa tinha em 2014 como saldo bancário, 27, 8 mil euros no Banco alemão Deutsche Bank.

  1. Devido a mau comportamento
    • Filho de Nyusi corrido na ATCM

Depois de ter sido notícia devido aos luxuosos carros que ostenta desde que o seu pai se tornou Presidente da República, o filho de Filipe Nyusi volta a ser notícia. Ele está proibido de frequentar o recinto do Automóvel e Touring Clube de Moçambique (ATCM).

  1. Em menos de dois meses
    • Terceiro incêndio em sedes da Renamo na cidade de Chimoio

Esta é a segunda vez que é incendiada a sede provincial da Renamo em Manica. Anteriormente, já havia sido incendiada a sede da Delegação da Renamo na cidade de Chimoio.

  1. Centenas de pessoas saíram à rua contra a guerra e as dividas escondidas

Queremos que o ex-Presidente e o seu Governo respondam por estas dívidas”- Alice Mabota, Presidente da Liga dos Direitos Humanos.

Exigir o desarmamento da Renamo é uma falacia. O Governo deve também deixar as armas.

  1. Negociacoes entre Governo e Renamo deverão incluir mediadores e observadores

A Comissão mista encarregada de prepara o encontro entre Nyusi e Dhlakama anunciou que as negociações vão incluir mediadores e observadores da União Europeia, África do Sul e da Igreja Católica Romana.

  1. Na Escola de Formação Prática da Policia de Matalane

Formandos queixam-se de serem retidos arbitrariamente.

  1. A conversa telefónica de dois dias entre Afonso Dhlakama e Filipe Nyusi

O Presidente da Renamo Afonso Dhlakama, anunciou que durante dois dias de conversa com Filipe Nyusi, alcançou consensos sobre o processo de negociações para a busca de paz.

ZAMBEZE, 23/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Diálogo por um lado. Ataque militar à Gorongosa por outro
    • Governo faz jogo duplo a Dhlakama

A Renamo lamenta que ao mesmo tempo que se esta a criar condições para o retorno ao diálogo, tendente a devolver a paz no pais, o Governo esteja a levar a cabo uma ofensiva militar de grande envergadura desde o dia 18 deste mês na Serra da Gorongosa onde se presume que esteja refugiado o líder da Renamo.

  1. Ecos dos utentes da EN7
    • Passageiros e transportadores queixam-se de demora e extorsão nas colunas da EN7

Vários passageiros e transportadores que circulam através de escoltas militares na EN7, principalmente no troco Vanduzi e rio Luenha, nas províncias de Manica e Tete, queixam-se da demora e das constantes acções de extorsão aos transportadores, protagonizados por alguns elementos das FDS que garantem a segurança.

  1. Camiões malawianos alvejados em Macossa

Dois camiões tanques do Malawi foram alvejados, na manha da última segunda-feira por supostos homens armados da Renamo.

  1. Moçambique e Malawi chegam ao consenso sobre segurança na EN7

Autoridades Malawianas chegaram a acordo com Moçambique para a garantia da segurança na Estrada Nacional número sete, no centro do país.

  1. Repúdio à Guerra e dívidas ocultas (TAMBÉM TRATADO NOUTROS JORNAIS)

O povo não pode ser manipulado por coisas que não sabe.

  1. Tensão política-militar

PRM confirma ataque em Nhapassa e Machanga

  1. Província de Tete

Agentes da PRM envolvidos num sequestro na província de Tete.

  1. Governo de Sofala receia encerramento de fábricas

O Governo da província de Sofala esta preocupado com a intensificação dos ataques protagonizados pelos homens armados da Renamo e alerta que a situação pode levar a falência de algumas empresas que se encontram paralisadas desde o reinício da actual situação de tensão política no país.

  1. Em teleconferência fala de entendimento com PR
    • Dhlakama entende-se com Nyusi, mas não cessa ataques por falta de confiança.

O líder da Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, falando em teleconferência à imprensa explicou que parar com os ataques militares no centro do país, passa pela garantia dos dois lados, mas principalmente do lado do Governo que é quem movimenta contingentes militares de Maputo para procurá-lo nas matas de Gorongosa.

SAVANA, 17/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Sobre a divida publica de mocambique
    • Doadores não recuam e exigem esclarecimentos da dívida para libertar dinheiro
      • Queremos responsabilização dos autores

Presidente cessante do Grupo de Parceiros de Apoio Programático e embaixador de Portugal diz que dívidas escondidas é um assunto muito sério que merece a devida correcção. E quanto a tensão política, aquele diplomata diz que falta esforço para conquistar a confiança.

  1. PR reforma FDS debaixo de tensão político-militar
    • Nyusi apregoa diálogo com arma em punho

Numa altura em que a Comissão Mista composta pelos mandatários do governo e da Renamo ainda busca mecanismos para o encontro ao mais alto nível das respectivas lideranças, o Presidente da República e Comandante em Chefe das Forcas de Defesa e Segurança, Filipe Nyusi, orientou as Forcas de Defesa e Segurança para se manterem em prontidão combativa de modo a garantirem o controlo eficiente e eficaz de cada metro quadrado do território nacional, de cada milha do mar e ar.

  1. De protesto contra a situação político-militar e económica do país
    • Promotores da marcha queixam-se de ameaças

Alice Mabota e João Pereira falam de mensagens com tom intimidatório

  1. Liberdade de expressão sob ameaça?
    • PIC causa pânico no ZAMBEZE

A semana que finda, começou nebulosa no Jornal Zambeze. Em pleno dia de fecho, terça-feira, a Policia de Investigação Criminal (PIC), a nível da cidade de Maputo, notificou e com efeitos imediatos o Director e Chefe da redacção deste semanário, João Chamusse e Egídio Plácido, respectivamente, a prestar declarações, acerca de dois artigos publicados na sua penúltima edição (datado de 9 de Junho).

  1. Académico desmonta tese de Maleiane de que a dívida pública não afecta o bolso do cidadão

Tido como o maior disparate de sempre vindo da boca de um economista, Adriano Maleiane, o Ministro da Economia e Finanças, afirmou em voz alta, em Maio ultimo, que o bolso do cidadão não será afectado por causa da divida publica moçambicana. É uma teoria que, em meandros habilitados, incluindo antigos colegas de carteira do ministro não encontra acolhimento algum e, de tanta polémica, o Savana foi bater a porta de um dos mais activos economistas moçambicanos, mesmo em termos de produção científica, João Mosca. Mosca diz que “isso não é verdade”, para que diz que o Governo pensa que ninguém sabe mais do assunto, que as pessoas não sabem pensar, ou que quer aldrabar, mentir e considerar os cidadãos como pessoas de menor idade, o que é muito mau para a credibilidade de um Estado.

  1. Biodiversidade em risco no Parque Nacional das Quirimbas
    • Chineses devastam espécies marinhas protegidas

Depois de ter tomado conta das florestas nacionais e devastado todas as espécies valiosas de madeira existente em Moçambique, os chineses, com o beneplácito de algumas figuras ligadas ao poder em Moçambique, viraram as suas atenções para a biodiversidades marinha e estão a por em causa varias espécies em protecção.

NOSSA REFLEXÃO

Qual é o real Estado da Nação? 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 continua na ordem do dia, as Dívidas ocultas começam a causar tensão arterial aos moçambicanos e quanto aos recursos minerais, já não há muita prosperidade em virtude de o preço no mercado internacional ter baixado de forma exorbitante, 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 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: Pe. Fidel Salazar