It may seem paradoxical to ask such a question, and moreover in a Catholic newspaper, about Jesus who is explicitly defined as the Bread of Life. Before he left this world he gave us the Eucharist - commonly called "Communion" - as a guarantee of our salvation and sign of his continuous presence among us "till the end of time".
By Fr Edmond Ndzana, Beau Bernard Mutta Fonka and Aloysius Agenda
His Grace Archbishop Paul Verdzekov of Bamenda, was recently in Douala on his way to Portsmouth in England. In an interview he granted three journalists of Radio Veritas, the radio of the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala, Archbishop Paul talks about his trip to England, among many other exciting revelations about his life as a bishop. Excerpts:
At their recent meeting in Yaounde, the bishops of the Central African Region (ACERAC), appointed, and the Holy See approved, the Rector of the St Thomas Aquinas Major seminary in Bambui, Rev. Christian Mofor, as the new Vice Rector of the Catholic University of Central Africa. L’Effort camerounais met with the new Vice Rector for an exclusive interview. Excerpts:
The name Benedict is interestingly a mixed baggage of positive and negative papal history ascribed to seventeen clergy, who were either popes or anti-popes of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
One of them was imprisoned, another murdered, three were anti-popes, four had their appointments delayed by the Roman emperor, and eight were deposed, although some were subsequently reinstated. This confusion was not there in the beginning.
It is true the devil has really come to Church. He has put on sandals which make no noise when he walks and has joined Christians in every gathering, so as to sow the seeds of discord and to disorientate their prayers. St Paul, writing to Christians in Corinth, talks about counterfeit apostles; dishonest workers disguising as apostles of Christ.
In late 2003, the police in Bafoussam seized 400kg of Indian hemp from a traveller who was coming to Douala, where the drug allegedly fetches a very high price, and the public watched on national television, as a tall column of smoke rose into air dissipating the narcotic aroma of the "precious" herb which burned fiercely on a remote hillock in the Western Province.
Cameroon last Sunday 5th June 2005 joined the international community to celebrate the 32nd edition of the World Environment Day, under the backdrop of continuous and abusive de-forestation, desertification and as a result, the constant exposure of human beings to excruciating heat with its accompanying adverse ecological effects.
As Cameroon joins the rest of the world today to celebrate World Refugees Day, a day set aside by the United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR), in honour of thousands of victims who flee their countries to other countries in search of peace and security, the question on the minds of most refugees in Cameroon and elsewhere, is oriented towards their status in the resident countries.
Some 1500 members of the Catholic Association of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary of the Bamenda Archdiocese, (ASHJIHM), recently gathered at St Joseph's metropolitan Cathedral in Big Mankon Bamenda, for their Feast, which coincided with the Eucharistic Congress, for the Year of the Eucharist.
There will soon be traces of decentralised development in the North West Province as project coordinators and supervisors of the 15.7 billion Frs Grass field Participatory and Decentralised Rural Development Project (GP-DERUDEP) for the province are in the field organising a two-day seminar and training workshops in each of the seven divisions as the preliminary exercise of the project .