Month: September 2014

CJTR Lusaka Press Release September 2014

JCTR LusakaGreetings from JCTR,
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Press Release
The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has noted with great concern that poor infrastructure, particularly in the area of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are a hindrance to enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights especially for people with disabilities. READ MORE
Press Release 12th September 2014
The Zambian Government through Ministry of Finance recently issued the Green paper. The Green Paper is a tentative government report and consultation document of policy proposals for debate and discussion usually without any commitment to action. The Green Paper in this case therefore provides details of Government’s current thinking as it prepares the 2015 Budget. The Ministry of Finance in its green paper states that the 2015 budget is premised on Government’s unwavering commitment to enhancing inclusive growth and advance social justice, so that all Zambians can benefit from the impressive economic growth the Country have been experiencing. READ MORE

Upon leaving Zambia for home service – Mike Merizzi

Michel-Merizzi 2014Upon leaving Zambia for home service, I would like to express my thanks for the many happy years spent in Zambia. First of all to my Lord and Savior who has always given me the graces that I needed to face the many challenges which I met during my various assignments. I wish to thank all my confreres, young and old, for their support and cooperation throughout those years. I also was able to express my gratitude to the local Church communities for their faith and commitment. In recent months I have felt being evangelized by the poor.
It is time for me to bid farewell to all. Past generations of Missionaries of Africa expected to die and to be buried in Africa; and many of them did so. My own generation has come to terms with the fact being laid to rest in Zambian soil, is no longer a right but a privilege.
The French say “partir c’est mourir”. Others may say with Shakespeare “parting is such sweet sorrow”.  I leave Zambia with a grateful heart. Shalenipo Umutende. United in prayer.
Mike Merizzi, M.Afr

Oswald Payant’s 100th birthday

Oswald Payant 100 years 02I’m just back from the celebration of Oswald Payant’s 100th birthday. He was in a rather good shape, following everything, smiling, praying with the whole community, very happy to see so many of his nephews and nieces and all the guests that were there including a real large number of confreres. Oswald’s birthday took place on the 7th September on the very day of his birthday.
Greetings to all and God bless.
Gilles Barrette, M.Afr
Pictures from Denis Laliberté, M.Afr

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A Word of Thanks from Emmanuel Chisanga Mubanga, M.Afr

Emmanuel-Mubanga-JPGHeartfelt greetings to all of you!
2nd and 3rd August 2014 will always remain memorable days in my life as a Catholic and as a Missionary priest. First and foremost, I would like to thank God who invites me to participate in His mission and Bishop George Cosmas Zumaile Lungu who shared part of his priesthood with me. I would like to thank all the Missionaries of Africa in Zambia and beyond for their support and love that they showed during my ordination in Minga and my Maiden Mass in Kalichero. I really felt well surrounded and supported. Even those who did not make it for various reasons, I know that you were with me in spirit and joined yourselves to my family and I in prayer and thanksgiving. To all of you, may God grant peace of heart and inner joy in your vocation. As I go to Mali for my first mandate, I commend myself to your prayers and your moral support.
Emmanuel Chisanga Mubanga, M.Afr

Physiotherapy of Paul Makambi Kitha, Abidjan

Paul-Kitha-Abidjan-2014We wish to inform you that Kitha’s health is improving. He started the process of reeducation on Wednesday the 27th August. He will be doing that every two days i.e three times a week. Consequently, Paul will not be able to do the annual 8 day’s retreat with his fellow third year students. This is to allow him continue his reeducation process (physiothérapie) at a normal pace. He will nevertheless do the retreat in our formation house (La Fratenité Lavigerie) at the same time as others will be doing it in some other place. His retreat will be directed by Father Benoît Mwananyembo, a visiting priest, who is in mission in the Maghreb (Algeria). We continue asking for your prayers.
United in Christ.
Yours faithfully, Paul Kitha Makambi
Pictures: Humphrey Mukuka

Paul Kitha’s knee operation in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Home Coming, by Adrien Sawadogo, M.Afr

Adrien-Sawadogo-2014When I left Zambia in 2011 for a three years’ Arabic and Islamic studies, I hoped to come back to the Zambian sector after completion. However, at the end of my studies, I received a new appointment that took me to the West African province in view of heading the Institute for Islamo-Christian Formation (IFIC) in Bamako in Mali. The day I received my appointment, I felt a deep need for coming back to the Zambian sector as to be able to leave and be totally present in Mali. I made the request and was blessed with the favour from my new province to come back to Zambia and visit the places and people that I love and carry dearly in my heart. From the day I landed in Lusaka, I was healed from the shock of the surprised appointment and I was already ready to go. Now that I have been able to pay a visit to Kitwe my place of stage, Nyimba my first term of missionary experience and Lumimba my last pastoral home before studies, I may say that Home coming has been a healing remedy; I am now ready to take up my new appointment whole heartedly. And so, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the SAP Provincial and his Secretary for facilitating my entry to Zambia, for their warm welcome to the province; my sincere gratitude to the Zambian Sector Delegate for the warm and fraternal welcome given me during the whole of my stay. My gratitude to all the confreres I met and to the Zambian people and Zambia. We remain united in fraternal love and in mission. You are all invited to Mali, to IFIC.
Adrien Sawadogo, M.Afr

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 4 septembre 2014

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Lettre de Laghouat Ghardaia Août 2014 », la dernière lettre de Mgr Claude Rault, Missionnaire d’Afrique et évêque de Laghouat Ghardaia en Algérie– (lire la suite) 
« Journée missionnaire mondiale, selon le Pape François », un texte qui date déjà du mois de juin, mais que nous publions puisque la journée en question approche (19 octobre) (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages» :
« Tendresse, amour et soins » : le Père Ernst Sievers, d’Allemagne, partage comment il a pris la décision de se consacrer au service des personnes âgées, et son expérience de formation pour accomplir cette tâche(lire la suite) 
« Rencontre imprévue » : Patrick Raphaël Sebyera, stagiaire, raconte sa rencontre avec une personne handicapée, et les réflexions suscitées par cette entrevue (lire la suite) 
« Etre heureux toute sa vie »:comme le suggère le Père Réal Doucet, c’est non pas se fixer de vivre ici ou là, de faire tel ou tel travail, mais de vivre dans la confiance(lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Année de la foi et Africae Munus en Algérie », un texte du Père José Maria Cantal Rivas, Provincial du Maghreb. Les chrétiens du continent, face à des situations chaotiques, doivent s’engager en faveur de la paix, la justice et la réconciliation(lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Persécution et Dialogue » un article paru dans « Voix d’Afrique » de juin 2014, n° 103, et écrit par Mgr Michael Fitzgerald, présentement à Ste Anne à Jérusalem(lire la suite) 
« Un livre sur Mahomet » dont l’auteur est allemand, professeur de langue et culture arabes, membre ordinaire de l’Académie des Sciences de Göttingen(lire la suite)
« Des érudits musulmans jugent que l’état islamique “viole la charia », un des articles parus dans le bulletin hebdomadaire de l’ARCRE, qui vient d’être envoyé aux abonnés, après un mois d’août sans publication.(lire la suite)

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