In Cameroon as in the Vatican, the past three months have been heart throbbing in terms of revelations. Whereas the former Minister of State and estranged Presidential aide, Marafa Hamidou Yaya, has been spewing one State secret after another through his fact-supported and much-awaited epistles, the Vatican is investigating how tonnes of documents from the Pope’s private department and the Vatican ended up in the hands of journalists and were published in some Italian newspapers.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Piero Pioppo, will on July 14 and 15, preside at the Episcopal Ordinations of the newly appointed Bishops of Nkongsamba and the newly created Diocese of Bafang.
To the Clergy, Religious Communities, The Lay Faithful, Diocese of Kumbo. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As you surely would have learned from the recent appointments and transfers of Priests in Kumbo Diocese, we have decided in response to the need and request the People of God in Christ the King Parish Jakiri, to open a comprehensive college in Mantum-Jakiri, a coeducational institution that will respond to the Catholic educational needs of the children of Jakiri and beyond.
The clothes and gadgets you wear may be en vogue, but embroidered with signs and symbols that carry more than they are beautiful. The television programmes your children watch, the baggy trousers they wear beneath their bottoms, the chains they spot on the fingers and necks and the tattoos they display heads high may appear innocuous or harmless, but may be promoting courses that will certainly make you cringe were you only to learn more. You may just be doing what others are doing, but know very little of what the promoters of these practices know. Just look, however cursorily, how the satanic is artfully and enticingly leaving its imprint on you.
The wonder about Catholic churches all over the world is that their architecture and art and their meaning cannot be hidden from any passerby. You may not speak the language of a particular community. You may be an illiterate. Still, you can comfortably worship and pray anywhere in the world because of symbols that speak for themselves and make the invisible visible.
Anne Guepou Parents are obliged to train their children in line with the Church’s teachings. We do not have to live the way we want. When funny dresses called “sexy” started flooding our markets, I advised my children against wearing them. I do not accept such dresses in my house. We have to be careful because funny things are happening in our world today. I do not even give any kind of toy to my children. I do not buy guns, for example, to my children because it signifies war and it is not good to preach violence to children. It is not easy to control what children watch on television. Most of the times I am not at home so they may watch something I do not want them to watch. However, I educate them that they are not supposed to watch just anything on television. My last son is eleven (11) years old and when he sees the warning that children less than ten (10) years are not supposed to watch that particular programme, he quickly says he is eleven. This means he is conscious that there is an age limit for whatever is shown on television.
On Friday, June 01, 2012, in a colourful ceremony well attended by the crème de la crème of the country nay Igbo nation, the Bureau for Igbo Language Affairs honoured Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel Matthew Paul Edeh, CSSp, OFR, as the Great Articulator of African Philosophy through the Articulation of Igbo Metaphysics.