By Maurice Ashley Agbaw-Ebai (AMDG) According to Vatican figures, there are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world. More than 40 percent of the world's Catholics live in Latin America - but Africa has seen the biggest growth in Catholic congregations in recent years.
Every evening at sunset, a Rabbi walked through the town in which he lived as far as its outskirts. This daily routine gave him time to reflect and also to keep up on the comings and goings of his neighbours.
Pope Francis has called for a Year of Consecrated Life to be celebrated from November 30, 2014 to February 2, 2016. Consecrated Life is marked by the acceptance of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. In Consecrated Life one is completely given to God through intense prayer and contemplation.
Church Historians and Vatican watchers are telling us that a confrontation like that had never been seen before, perhaps not even at the Second Vatican Council. Soon after nine on Thursday, October 16, 2014, the General Secretary to the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, took to the floor and announced that the relationes of the circuli minores would not be made public, a reverse course from what had always happened in the past and that was affirmed in the previous days.
Dear Brothers in the Episcopate, I give you my welcome. I am very happy to meet with you on the occasion of your visit ad limina! I thank Monsignor Samuel Kleda, President of your Episcopal Conference, for the words he addressed to me on your behalf. I ask you to transmit my warm greetings to all your diocesans, in particular to the priests, the men and women religious, the laity engaged in pastoral service as well as all the inhabitants of Cameroon.
The Gospel of John opens with the enigmatic faith of the community of the beloved disciple: “In the beginning was the word.” (John 1:1). Catholic exegesis has often interpreted these terse words of John’s gospel in the light of the Genesis account of creation, in which the creative Word of YHWH brought forth order out of the chaos of primeval history.
April 27, 2014 is set to mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church when two popes will be canonised. It has never happened before, and perhaps might not happen in our life time. A quick answer to what brings John XXIII and John Paul II together will be the Second Vatican Council: John convoked the Council and John Paul implemented it in creative ways.
Joseph Ratzinger once recounted an incident he had as a young priest in the company of the famous Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne, Joseph Frings, shortly before the German bishops were to leave for the Second Vatican Council. The German episcopacy had decided to meet to harness their thoughts in the face of a curia of Ottaviani and his likes that were bent on maintaining the status quo.
The Synod an intra The Church in Africa emerged from the Synod with a spirit of hope and a realistic optimism about its future. The growth of the Catholic Church in Africa has been astronomical over the last century. Sceptics often wonder about the depth of such a growth, but the obvious Christian truth is that all are daily called to ongoing conversion.
The Year of Faith which Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI decreed from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 has ended at the national level in Cameroon. During the national closing ceremony in Buea, which brought together a cream of Cameroon’s Episcopate, the chief celebrant and Douala Emeritus Archbishop, His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi, told thousands of Catholics who had converged on the oldest diocese in Cameroon that only the Year of Faith and not their faith has ended. But what is the state of faith in contemporary Cameroon, what are the challenges to its growth, what significant changes have taken place since the Second Vatican Council and how did the Year of Faith contribute to the strengthening of faith at an individual level? Take a walk down the faith path with L’Effort Camerounais.