Americans are not only proud of their country, but also of who they are. Living or aspiring to the American dream is a national obsession. The American government protects and calls on other governments to protect American citizens in their countries. The concern is so high that even a preemptive approach is used as American citizens are warned not to visit, stay indoors or leave places, situations and countries considered dangerous. Such is not the case in Cameroon.
The Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda Archdiocese, His Lordship Agapitus Nfon, has urged Christians to pray without ceasing, for prayer is the key to opening doors to their problems. He was speaking on Sunday, June 5, 2011, five days after his Episcopal ordination, at St. Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral Mankon, while preaching at his first Mass.
Africa's brain drain is no longer restricted to engineers, doctors, teachers or nurses- Priests are becoming the hottest commodity. The Church in developed countries is turning to the new digital media and Africa for priests and Religious. Today’s missionaries are walking in the opposite direction and African priests are now talking about healing the West’s secular sickness and attempting to cure it of its “Theological AIDS.” L’Effort Camerounais highlights a growing trend which Church leaders have described as a “reverse mission.”
Fr. Eugene Song, a priest from Cameroon tending the flock in Europe
About 150 years ago, European and American missionaries were still moving into African hinterlands to preach the gospel and bring more souls into Christ’s fold. At that time, Europe was witnessing an amazing boom in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
By Gatonye Gathura, Daily Nation Online, abridged and slightly modified version
Africa's brain drain is no longer restricted to engineers, doctors, teachers or nurses. Priests are becoming the hottest commodity. The Church in developed countries has turned to the new digital media and Africa for recruits.
By Joshua Benton, The Dallas Morning News, abriged and modified version
For generations of Africans, "missionary" was a synonym for "Irishman."Thousands of Irish Catholics left Europe for the wilds of Africa, braving heat and disease to bring the message of Christ to heathen animists.
Sr. Appolonia Budzee Tertiary Sister of St. Francis and the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchins in Cameroon, have created the Archbishop Paul Verdzekov Memorial Foundation to help scout for funds needed to help patients undergo heart surgery. Two of its members were in Douala recently to sensitise the public about the foundation. L’Effort Camerounais talked to the Shisong Cardiac centre’s Public relations Officer, Sr. Appolonia Budzee, who presents the foundation in greater detail. Excerpts:
Cardinal Miloslave blesses late Archbishop Paul Verdzekov's tomb
The World and Africa Coordinators of the Bishops- Friends of the Focolare Movement have met in Cameroon for four days. The meeting started in Bamenda and ended in Fontem, the movement’s national headquarters.