A recent Bamenda Archdiocese Laity Council resolution appreciates steps the Archbishop has taken to improve the status of Catechists in Bamenda Archdiocese. One of such plans envisages the building of a complex for Catechists in the Cathedral Parish. This may not resolve all the problems Catechists are encountering in carrying out their important, but all too often ignored duties, but it indicates that the Church has realised and is beginning to address some problems that are already scaring away many young people from becoming Catechists. But what will the Catholic Church finally become without her very committed Catechists?
The Archbishop of Bamenda has exhorted priests to shun anything that misleads Christians and asked Christians not to oblige priests to behave towards them like native doctors. He made the plea in his homily on Tuesday, April 3, during the Chrism Mass. His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua said through the Sacrament of the Sick the church continues Christ's healing mission by taking care of the sick through the medical Apostolate and by praying for the sick.
Results of a research on the impact of The Faithful House, TFH, training programme carried out in Bamenda Archdiocese and Kumbo Diocese reveal that the rate of unfaithfulness among couples in the two church dioceses is falling.
Reports of child theft in Cameroon and the controversy that usually follows have left many baffled. Anxious parents and guardians have lost sleep and are now watching closer over their children for who knows if a child snatcher is not lurking somewhere nearby. Though many incidents of child theft have been reported mostly in government hospitals and public places, the frequency of reported child theft is so high now that few can say with certainty a snatcher’s next target. Some Christians share their views with L’Effort Camerounais on what could be done to better protect vulnerable children from child snatchers.
It only took the manipulation and snatching of a supposed premature teenage mother's baby, for the magnitude of a hideous practice, which many believe has been and is still being furtively but perhaps widely executed, to be uncovered.
The international and national media is taking a greater interest and investigating how newborn babies are being snatched from public hospitals as the government looks on helplessly. Western editors, who before considered Cameroon as a low news worthy country, are now showing a greater interest as reports of dirty deals and new born baby snatching in public hospitals are hitting the newsstands in Cameroon.
Although cases of child theft have been reported more in government than in private and missionary hospitals, we inquired from a Catholic health worker, Sr. Thérèse Itor of St. Blaise Clinic Bamenda, what, among other things, accounts for such differences and why child theft is on the rise in Cameroon. Excerpts:
Douala is one of the most unsafe place for children in Cameroon, but this has not deterred some groups and associations from taking care of underprivileged and abandoned children. One of such people is Messina Nomo, founder of an orphanage, Main dans la Main, in Bonamoussadi. Main dans la Main was created in 1988 to give hope and assist abandoned children. Mrs. Nomo revisits the soaring child theft phenomenon in Cameroon with L’Effort Camerounais. Excerpts:
Paola Bilong Gwladis: student Child theft is on the rise in Cameroon because people are involved in many occult practices and they are told to trade human organs for sacrifices. Children are sold everywhere now. To fight against this there should be more vigilance around the hospitals and even authorities should ensure that security is reinforced in hospitals. The Ministry in charge should establish registers so that those who come in to deliver are noted and their babies should be properly taken care of.