Month: November 2015

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 6 novembre 2015

cropped-mafrwestafrica-02.jpgAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :

Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :

« Le rapport final du synode sur la famille » tel que présenté sur le site du journal « La Croix » avec possibilité de le télécharger (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :

« Action de grâce de Simplice Traore » le père Simplice Traore, originaire du Mali, ordonné le 11 juillet, a célébré dans son village natal sa messe d’action de grâce. (lire la suite) 

« 20 nouveaux novices à Samagan ». C’est le 24 octobre que 20 jeunes de différents pays sont entrés solennellement dans leur année spirituelle par la prise d’habit, près de Bobo-Dioulasso (lire la suite) 

« La fête à Zinder ». Dans cette ville à l’est du Niger, dont la mission avait été incendiée, les catholiques ont célébré dans la joie la fin de leur année jubilaire. (lire la suite) 

« L’Afrique d’Est en Ouest » un texte du Père Gérard Chabanon, ancien supérieur général, et qui est maintenant en mission en Ouganda. (lire la suite) 

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Le Pape et le dialogue interreligieux » : pour les 50 ans de « Nostra aetate », l’audience du Pape sera interreligieuse. Déjà dans « Evangelii gaudium », l’aspect dialogue était bien présent. (lire la suite) 

« Islam et non-violence » : le témoignage de deux musulmans, et un texte sur une idée prometteuse en Belgique. (lire la suite) 

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » : 

« Le monde change malgré tout » Trois exemples sont donnés qui vont dans ce sens : une déclaration du cardinal Tauran, la remise du prix Sakharov au blogueur saoudien, le Maroc en évolution. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :

« Petits enfants en Mauritanie » une Sœur Missionnaire de ND d’Afrique partage son expérience en Mauritanie auprès des enfants les plus pauvres. (lire la suite)

Death of the brother of Brother René Garand, M.Afr

René-Garand-2014 JPGDear confreres,

I like to inform you that my brother Michel Garand pass away at Victoriaville Canada on 5th November 2015. He has been suffering of a cancer since many months, he was 73 years old. His wife died also of a cancer two years ago when I was on home leave he has four children, three boys and one girl. I do not know yet when the funeral will be?

Please remember him in your prayers, Bro René Garand, M.Afr

“I was a stranger and …” Mat. 25, 35. Ressano-Garcia railway station in Mozambique.

By Jean-Pierre Le Scour, M.Afr

Ressano-Garcia railway stationOn Friday 15th May 2015, I was standing on the platform of the Ressano-Garcia railway station waiting for a very special train coming from South Africa which was foreseen to cross the border at 08:00. It finally arrived at 12:30 carrying 420 Mozambicans, mostly youth with no other possessions than their clothes. About 50 South-African Police were manning the train. Twice as many, including Immigration Officers, were on the Mozambican side. A South-African helicopter was flying over our heads to supervise the proceedings. Everything went well.

The “victims of xenophobia” (name given to these people by the local population) were made to sit on the floor in groups of 50. They were immediately dispatched to 7 buses and 4 railway carriages that had been waiting since early morning.

Bosasa Lindela Repatriation CentreWhat was their crime? They were simply caught by the new South-African law by which men-hostels and flats are systematically searched, preferably in the middle of the night, to arrest any undocumented person. They were then sent to the Lindela Transit Holding Centre before being escorted to the nearest border post. These work-seekers are treated like criminals in the name of security. This is a futile and expensive exercise because, as far as Mozambicans are concerned, they can go back at will to South Africa since the border is so porous.

zimbabweans-in-south-africaWhat is more disturbing is the general feeling. In spite of official denial, foreigners, even businessmen, are not wanted anymore in South Africa.

It is time for us Christians to stand up and claim with the Freedom Charter that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”. This can be applied to anyone because there is a little bit of a foreigner in each one of us. We need to uphold the Biblical Tradition found in Leviticus 19, 33: “Do not ill-treat foreigners who are living in your land, treat them as you would a fellow-Israelite and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God”.


Lungu’s church a joke – Mpundu

Lungu's church a joke - Mpundu 01By Fridah Nkonde, 01 Nov, 2015

ARCHBISHOP of Lusaka Telesphore Mpundu says President Edgar Lungu’s construction of the New Tabernacle National House of Prayer is a joke. In an interview, Archbishop Mpundu said the interdenominational church being constructed by the government in Lusaka’s Woodlands area would remain a white elephant. From front page “This is a secular society, not a theocracy. A theocracy means politics and religion are one and the same. Here is a government coming up and trying to build something interdenominational. Now, what about those who are not Christians? Because when you are talking about denomination, you are talking about Christian denominations, so the Hindus, the Muslims, the non-believers are excluded,” he said. “It is a joke for this interdenominational whatever building…It will be a white elephant. We have our own churches. I don’t want to go and worship at the Anglican Church, unless I am going there for a function. I am Catholic and I go to the Catholic Church. Now you build something and you say, ‘Okay, come to pray here’, they have no right to tell us where to pray.” George-Thelesphore Mpundu 2015Archbishop Mpundu said politicians must stick to their calling and not stray into priestly duties. “This is not their domain, their domain is politics. But let them go ahead, it is their prerogative, although it will be a white elephant and I won’t go there anyway, unless there is something like a funeral and then there will be a service of some kind,” he said. Archbishop Mpundu said the government could have used the money for other things. “If it is a funeral, for us we take the body to the church and we do not have a service, we have mass, a requiem mass. Let the government go ahead, they have the money to do that, maybe they could have used the money better but to me, it will be a white elephant. Why are they building it? I don’t even know. We just ignore the thing. It doesn’t concern us. It will be a white elephant…,” he said. Archbishop Mpundu wondered if the government was trying to build a venue for state functions. “I don’t know why it is being built but maybe they want something to use for some functions, but they don’t need something like that. If the place is not big enough, they can go to the Showgrounds like what we had the other day. And personally, I think it was some kind of a circus for the State to declare when we should be praying and fasting because during lent, we have 40 days of prayer and fasting. Now someone should come and say ‘let us pray and fast’? That is not their realm. Even if they had invited me, I wouldn’t have gone because that day, I was at St Ignatius praying,” he said. Meanwhile, Archbishop Mpundu said the Catholic Church had the right to pass moral judgment on the government. He said if people were poor, not free and did not have enough food, education, the church needed to speak out. “The Catholic Church is free to speak about that. Even though our core business is to proclaim the gospel, we have a duty to speak out on issues that affect the people,” Archbishop Mpundu said. And commenting on President Edgar Lungu’s statement that the best candidate in the 2016 general elections should win on a clean slate, Archbishop Mpundu said people will be able to make a moral judgment on who to vote for next year.  “I wouldn’t know what he meant when he said a clean slate. You go there as a presidential candidate and people judge you by your ability, your track record. We do not choose individuals. We are going to elect people we think… because sometimes we think they are going to perform and they don’t perform. It is the judgment of the people. I can make moral judgment myself that comes from policies which a particular administration makes. I am obliged to make that kind of judgment myself,” said Archbishop Mpundu.

Here the PDF file of this article.

Stagiaires in Zambia – October 2015

By Innocent Matata Foto,

The stagiaires appointed to Zambia met with Venerato Babaine, the Delegate Superior, in FENZA on Thursday 22, 2015 to evaluate the language course in iciBemba and Cinyaja they have received. The four stagiaires gave also their appreciation about their stay and promised to send a written report to Father Babaine and FENZA. At the meeting were: Patient Mushagalusa Cimanuka going to Kabwata-Lusaka, Innocent Matata Foto going to Lumimba, Kamil Szostak going to Kasamba and Innocent Majune Iranzi going to Serenje.


Forthcoming Oath and Diaconate in Merrivale, South Africa

From the Media Team of Merrivale, South Africa

Dear brothers, at the end of this missionary month, it is with great joy that as Media Team of Merrivale Formation House in South Africa, announce and invite you to the Oath and Diaconate ordination of our six brothers. Kindly join us or unite with us in prayer. Happy all Saint Day to all and the mission continue together with Jesus.

Chers frères, à la fin de ce mois missionnaire, la maison de Formation de Merrivale vous annonce et vous invite au serment missionnaire et aux ordinations diaconales de six de leurs frères. Associez-vous à nous dans la célébration de leur engagement. Bonne fête de tous les Saints et que la mission avec Jésus continue. 

Oath diaconate SA 2015To be ordained: Tanzanian Milanzi Konrad Simon, Burkinabe Kondemodre Albert, Rwandese Byishimo Alphonse Marie, Zambian Simbeye Robbin, Ugandan Damian Ahimbisibwe and Kenyan Ogato Douglas Momanyi.

Dates: Oath on the 27th November and the Diaconate on the following day at St. Raphael Catholic Church KwaMzimba

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