I welcome you all with great joy and cordially greet each one of you. I thank
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who as always, has been able to convey the sentiments
of the College, Cor ad cor loquitur. Thank you, Your Eminence, from my
In what many have described as the greatest papal shocker of our time, Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will be renouncing the papacy from February 28. It is the first resignation of a Pope in 600 years and while historians were thumbing through their archives to locate a precedent within the Church, many Catholics were simply wondering what may have gone amiss for someone with a tested and confirmed intellectual and theological shrewdness to announce unexpectedly that he will be stepping down, and at a time the Church needs people of his calibre the most. But it is not time for dirges for Pope Benedict has only resigned and is not yet dead. It is only a time to give credit where it is due.
We, the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church which is in Cameroon, gathered in Sangmelima, during the 36th Annual Seminar of the Bishops of Cameroon from 5 to 12 January 2013,
Aware of the general climate of permissiveness, forgetfulness of God, of creation, of nature as God created and intended it for our happiness, a climate experienced and resisted by families and against which they courageously protect and defend themselves, upholding human and divine values,
After having noted the proliferation and the normalisation of induced abortions in our country, despite current legislation,
Noting also, with pains, that under the pretext of the respect of human rights and the principle of non-discrimination, international organisations tend to impose on African countries and on the world, legislation for the recognition of sexual orientations contrary to nature, our culture and our faith, such as homosexuality, gay marriages with the possibility of adoption of children by these “couples”,
Deploring also the increase in our cities, our neighbourhoods, our villages and families of victims of incest often linked with a permissive mentality and the presence of networks that impose inhuman practices which are against nature, despicable and criminal; without leaving out numerous abuses of minors,
Taking into account the plan of God for the whole creation, the humanism which derives from it, his infinite mercy for the sinner and our mission of the salvation of the whole person and of every man in Jesus Christ,
In the name of the Church, expert in humanity, we, the Bishops of Cameroon unanimously declare the following:
God our Father, In your infinite love, You created us in your image and likeness. You gave each of us a unique sacred life. Through the incarnation of your Son Jesus, You have sanctified human life, You made the human body the temple of the Holy Spirit. Make it possible for us and the world To respect human life from conception to natural death.
Priests, Religious and Seminarians of Mamfe Diocese
On January 24 to 25, 2013, Priests, Religious and Seminarians in Mamfe Diocese gathered at the John Henry Newman Spiritual Centre Bachuo-Ntai to celebrate the Year of Faith. Fr. Franklin Fomukong from Buea Diocese, who presented the introductory paper titled “Door of Faith”, defined faith, according to the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as a theological virtue by which Christians believe in God and all that He has said and revealed to them, and that which the Holy Church proposes for their belief because God is truth itself.
Celebrations marking twenty-five (25) years of Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Bonamoussadi, Douala, have been officially launched. The launching ceremony took place during a press conference at the Church premises on February 18 as the press was briefed on the event's highlights.
The Association of Diocesan Priests, ADP, Chairperson of Mamfe Diocese, Fr. Robert Ntungwe, has enjoined priests not to be discouraged when they encounter difficulties. Fr. Ntungwe made the declaration during the annual ADP meeting of Mamfe Diocese at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Bachuo-Akagbe which held from January 22 to 24, 2013.
The former Principal of Christ the King College, CKC, Tiko, Sr. Emmanuella Fomenky, was buried on Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Motherhouse of Sisters of St. Therese, Krammar Avenue, Kumba. Until her death on January 19, Sr. Emmanuella Nkengasong Fomenky was also the pioneer Managing Director of the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea, UIDB – Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and Innovation, CERI, and Research and Business Park.
Open your soul in Confession as you would to Jesus
Man is faced with the power of temptation to sin and the power of faith to overcome obstacles which act through a willingness to do whatever he desires. Laws regulating sin are to be kept not just according to the letter, but also according to the spirit which obliges us to strive for greater purity.