Beloved brothers and sisters, As you already know, on the night of November 13 breaking 14, Reverend Father Georges VANDENBEUSCH was kidnapped by unidentified armed men who whisked him away to Nigeria.
The time when traditional authorities commanded respect and wielded the power that was theirs by right in Cameroon is gradually and stealthily ebbing away as the overbearing influence and politicians’ insatiable appetite for power has infiltrated one of the few supposed remaining neutrality bastions in Cameroon.
Interviewed by Grace Ongey, Ireneaus Chongwain Chia and Augustine Wendung
A February 7 and 8, 2014 conference that will be organised in Garoua to complement lobby efforts to repatriate President Ahidjo’s remains is taking off on a toddling note as one of its announced guest speakers, Douala Emeritus Archbishop Christian Cardinal Tumi, has said he will not take part in the conference. Why? Find out his reasons and more on the Church’s life in Cameroon. Excerpts:
The Dioceses of Kumbo in Cameroon and Limburg in Germany have celebrated twenty-five years of a fruitful partnership. Catholic Christians in Kumbo joined Bishop George Nkuo in a farewell Mass for the visiting German delegation on Sunday, November 3 at the Kumbo St. Theresia Cathedral.
Catholic Men Association, CMA, and the Catholic Women Association, CWA, members of the Perpetual Help Division of Yaounde Archdiocese complemented one another on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Anglophone Parish Mvog-Ada.
The Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda, His Lordship Agapitus Nfon, celebrated a Pontifical High Mass on October 25 as he officially dedicated the Baichi Church, while also remembering a great missionary, Fr. Leo Underwater.
On November 4 and 5 the population of Rom and Mback-Mfe in Nwa, Donga Mantung Division expressed gratitude to the Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS for providing them with pipe-borne water and classrooms.
Ok president, Cameroon coordinator and community leader unveils anniversary cake
Ottawa to Kumbo, OK Clean Water Project is now ten years old. Activities that marked the institution's tenth anniversary took place in Kumbo on November 9 at the Campus of the School of Medicine of the Catholic University of Cameroon, CATUC Bamenda.
November 19, 2013, will mark two years since Benedict XVI promulgated the Post-Synodal Exhortation, Africae Munus at Ouidah, Benin Republic. Perhaps this anniversary presents us with an opportunity to examine this Synod as an ecclesial event of great significance, whose necessity and relevance is seemingly becoming a hidden secret – an unfortunate trend that must be firmly resisted for the good of the Church in Africa.
Writing about the French Revolution, a contemporary European historian, Leonard Herbert Peacock, once observed that conditions must be extremely dreadful before people in large numbers will take upon themselves to overthrow the perpetrators of such conditions by force. And by replication, conditions must be terrible before people will leave their home countries in large numbers, embarking on life-threatening journeys, heading for what they consider safer political havens and greener economic Eldorado.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal has just organised a one-week crusade in Douala with theme, “Breaking Evil Gates”. The crusade, which ran from October 14-18, attracted a mammoth crowd to the Bepanda Omnisport stadium. At the end of the evangelisation campaign, L’Effort Camerounais caught up with the Charismatic Renewal Diocesan Chaplain, Mgr. Richard Mbouta, who said the crusade was a resounding success. Excerpts:
His Royal Highness Sehm Mbinglo I has celebrated 20 years as the paramount ruler of Nso in Bui Division, North West Region.The 20th anniversary celebration took place on Saturday, October 19, in Jakiri.
Yaounde Sistershare has donated books to schools in Jakiri within the framework of phase two of its 'Reading for empowerment' project, launched last year in Kumbo.The donation was made on Saturday, October 19, in an elaborate ceremony at the Jakiri Council hall.
By Fr. Author Nga Abanfegha, Ofm.Cap, Novitiate House Sop
The Christian community of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Sop Parish in Kumbo Diocese gathered in thanksgiving to God on Sunday, October 13, 2013, for the fortieth (40th) anniversary of Bishop Bushu's priestly ordination and the twentieth (20th) anniversary of his Episcopal ordination.
Members of the Friends of Jesus Youth Prayer group in Bamenda Archdiocese have been called upon to lead exemplary lives in their quest to be true Friends of Jesus. The parish priest of St. Michael’s Parish Futru Nkwen made the call in his homily during the Eucharistic celebration that opened the group’s feast day.
The existence of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary, STAMS, Bambui has not been an ordinary one. In fact, the extraordinary happenings that have characterised its years and mission began when it was born forty years ago.
The readings of the 27th, 29th and 30th Sundays of the Liturgical Year C converge on the theme of prayer – the power of prayer and the attitudes which God’s children ought to adopt when they come before their Almighty, provident and compassionate Father.
Christ himself founded the Church we are in today. He
remains and will continue to remain the model of all Christians. Jesus gave
instructions and made promises to his Apostles on the days leading up to the
Ascension. One of the promises was that He will send the Holy Spirit otherwise
called the Holy Ghost.
The humanitarian situation in neighbouring Central African Republic is gradually getting out of control as the foreign-dominated Seleka rebel forces are increasingly targeting many Christians; including Catholics and sometimes even Moslems. As a result of the deteriorating situation in that country, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned increasing attacks on religious groups. Describing the situation in the Central African Republic as volatile, unpredictable and lawless, the UN scribe has warned that these attacks have the potential to further escalate the crisis.
The Year of Faith which Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI decreed from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 has ended at the national level in Cameroon. During the national closing ceremony in Buea, which brought together a cream of Cameroon’s Episcopate, the chief celebrant and Douala Emeritus Archbishop, His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi, told thousands of Catholics who had converged on the oldest diocese in Cameroon that only the Year of Faith and not their faith has ended. But what is the state of faith in contemporary Cameroon, what are the challenges to its growth, what significant changes have taken place since the Second Vatican Council and how did the Year of Faith contribute to the strengthening of faith at an individual level? Take a walk down the faith path with L’Effort Camerounais.
I. Thanksgiving to God for the gift of Faith 1. In closing the Year of Faith, the Catholic Church in Cameroon gives thanks to God for the gift of Faith and commemorates the first missionaries, the initiators of the meeting of grace and love among the peoples of Cameroon and the Word made flesh in Christ the Saviour of mankind. The Church in Cameroon acknowledges this legacy of faith by revisiting and rewriting her history from the sacrifice of these forebears to our day missionaries, religious men and women, priests, bishops, laity, catechists, and an indigenous Cardinal. In union with Saint Paul, “Let us give thanks to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him” (Eph 1: 3-4).
One of the early Christians who witnessed the transition from the pre to the post Vatican II years was the Catholic Women Association founder, Mami Anna Foncha, who throws more light on how that transition changed and contributed to the contemporary Church. She also evaluates what the CWA has become 5O years after she founded it.
Bamenda Archdiocese is lucky to still have some Christians who witnessed the transition from the pre to the post Vatican Council II. One of such early Christians is Pa Nicholas Ade, who shares his views on the differences between the two periods with L’Effort Camerounais. Excerpts:
The former Secretary General of the Bishop’s Conference of Cameroon, Mgr. Patrick Lafon, and present Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Cameroon, CATUC, Bamenda, and Professor of Philosophy at the same university and the Bambui Major Seminary, has just returned to Cameroon from the United States with a PhD in Political Philosophy. Shortly before he retuned to Cameroon, our reporter in the U.S caught up with Mgr. Lafon who readily talked about his stay in the U.S and Cameroon’s contemporary political reality. Excerpts:
The spirit philosophy is an exact reversal of the worldly philosophy. The human person is substantial in the spirit philosophy and has an intrinsic value beyond all accidental attributes. This translates into a vision of life according to which one discerns the silver lining in every cloud and seeks to make the best of every situation.
The September 30 twin election is now history and candidates are either already savouring their victory, gnashing their teeth and licking their wounds, or, as the more intelligent always do, drawing life-transforming lessons from the long drawn and exhaustive exercise.
I have been commissioned by the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda to make a public announcement of the peak celebration of the Ruby Jubilee of the Foundation of Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary [STAMS], Bambui. This celebration shall take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Piero Pioppo, Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
Finally Professed Sisters and concelebrating Bishops
Sisters Flora Neng Ntoban, Lilian Limunga Che, Paschaline Fuen, Perpetua Ntein, Honorine Kinyuy Lantang and Priscilla Asamba Ngebikem are the newest permanent members of the Congregation of Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis, TSSF.
Sr. Mary Kombe adressing Little Ways Association members in Mutengene
The Superior General of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Therese, Buea, Rev. Sr. Mary Kombe has disclosed that her congregation is currently witnessing an outstanding growth in vocations since the last three years.
Sr. Pardeller, regional delegate of health and workers who are 10 years in the hospital
A crowd turned out at the Shisong St. Padre Pio Hospital, Akwa Nord, on September 23 as the hospital celebrated its tenth anniversary. The event, which coincided with the feast day of the hospital’s patron, Padre Pio, started with a Holy Mass, with Douala Emeritus Archbishop Christian Cardinal Tumi, as the main celebrant.
Rev. Sr. Christa Pardeller is one of those who have dedicated their lives to the service of God’s people. She comes from Italy and is of the Order of Franciscan Sisters. She has been in Cameroon for 43 years. Having worked in several places in Cameroon like Bali Nyonga, Djottin, and Akwaya, Sr. Pardeller is presently working with St. Padre Pio Hospital Akwa Nord where she is the director. L’Effort Camerounais caught up with her after the tenth anniversary celebration and she traces the hospital’s path to success. Excerpts:
On a flight from Rio to Rome last July, Pope Francis answered questions on different subjects from Vatican correspondents aboard the papal plane. Surprisingly, the biggest headline from the Holy Father’s remarks came not from the key issues he addressed during the one-hour interview, but from what he said about homosexuality.
Homosexuality is a sexual orientation which can either be emotional, romantic, or a sexual attraction to another person. Sexual orientation ranges from exclusive homosexuality to exclusive heterosexuality and includes various forms of bisexuality.
The September 30 twin elections are just round the corner, and as they are wont to doing, the Bishops of Cameroon have issued a pastoral letter implanting the signposts that should guide Cameroonians in general and Catholics in particular in making meaningful and thoughtful choices when that important date comes. Such guidelines are important because we are living in a regrettably festering moral and political environment and elections; that should ensure peace and political stability through the sacrosanct respect of the electorate’s choices, have paradoxically become one of the leading causes of civil strife and political frustration and discontent in our present political set up.
Preparations have pick up speed in Buea as the oldest diocese in Cameroon is looking forward to hosting the nation’s 33 Bishops and delegates from the 25 dioceses in Cameroon from October 3-5 for celebrations marking the close of the Year of Faith in Cameroon.
By Sr. Kuate Brigitte SUSC with some inputs from Emmanuel Verdzeka
All roads led to Ndop on September 7 as four Holy Union Sisters perpetually vowed to remain steadfast to the Service of God’s people.For three years, the congregation had not performed this ritual, reason for the joy of the Holy Union Sisters of the Cameroon Region when the Superior General, Sr. Margaret O’Reilly, gave a positive response to the application for Perpetual Profession of Rev. Srs. Elizabeth Ngwe, Prudence Takwa, Nora Ngwa and Meranda Ching.