The recent wave of immigrants fleeing the violence and growing economic difficulties in some North African countries has helped to pinpoint how inflexible and inhumane some European countries are when it comes to matching principles with practice. The flight of these immigrants, among them hundreds of children and toddlers, equally helps to better elucidate the paradox of Africans’ continuous enslavement. During the Slave Trade Africans were forcefully taken to Europe and now, even when not wanted, many are risking everything, even their lives, to reach a destination slaves once considered hell.
Interviewed by Grace Ongey, Slyvestre Ndoumou and Ireneaus Chongwain
It has been a very busy time for Douala Emeritus Archbishop, Christian Cardinal Tumi, as he has been shuttling between Rome, Yaounde and Douala. During John Paul II’s beatification in Rome he met President Paul Biya. What did they talk about? In Yaounde he was in court recently and witnessed the ongoing trial of Atangana Mebara. What pushed him to the court? And will he become a member of Elections Cameroon if demanded? L’Effort Camerounais has the privilege of finding out the Cardinal’s standpoints on. Excerpts:
The new Bishop of Bafoussam, Mgr. Dieudonné Watio, has called on his fellow priests to help weed out tribalism, corruption, embezzlement, gossip, and lies telling, among other ill that ruin evangelisation in many dioceses in Cameroon.
Greetings of peace and health in the Risen Christ!
On April 19, 2011, the Appointment Committee of the diocese met at the Bishop’s House, Mamfe, to consider the placement of the clergy in our diocese. Based on the suggestions made to me, I hereby make the following appointments in our diocese:
The Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Pierro Pioppo, has described late Pope John Paul II as a great man full of love. He was speaking at Mary Queen of the Apostles Minor Basilica, Mvolyé on May 5, during a thanksgiving Mass for Blessed Pope John Paul II, who was beatified in Rome on May 1.
His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi- Emeritus Archbishop of Douala I was in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. I have the joy Pope John Paul II appointed me Bishop and ordained me in Rome. Many Cameroonians are very happy because we know this Saint personally. He visited Cameroon twice and presided at quite a number of Eucharistic celebrations around the country in Garoua, Bamenda, Douala and Yaounde. We are all therefore called to pray through and for him in a particular way.
Before he was appointed, Jega was reputed for his integrity and uprightness. He was known to be a bold, no-nonsense man. The pre-electoral briefings we got left no doubt that he enjoyed the trust of Nigerians across the political divide.
After over a century of evangelisation in Cameroon and Africa, it is sad to observe that Christianity has not become a way of life for most of those who fill our churches on Sundays chanting, praying and confessing Jesus as Lord and Saviour.