17th January 2020

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Meets President Tshisekedi After Visit to Conflict-Ridden East

“I witnessed a traumatised population” the Cardinal said, adding that “it’s impossible to comprehend how human beings can behave like this towards their own brothers and sisters. As a pastor, this affected me profoundly.” Flashpoint of military conflict The region has been one of the more politically unstable parts of the country, with ongoing conflicts going back to the end of the 90s. Facing each … Read more

Retired Pakistani Bishop in Canada Works for Persecuted Christians

Former Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, who moved to Canada shortly after his retirement in 2011, celebrates 60 years of priesthood on Jan. 16. He became a Canadian citizen in 2016. “We live in a dark and dangerous world that is threatened by climate change, wars, economic hardships, and large-scale migrations. In the past seven years, the problem of asylum seekers has grown acutely,” the … Read more

Cameroon: Revitalising the Episcopal Conference

“We need an Episcopal Conference where cultural diversity is an asset and not a hindrance to its growth,” Bishop Bayemi said, adding that he envisages a forum holding “high the values of our particular Church, that brings a response of faith to the men and women of our time.” He looks forward to a Bishops’ forum that “gives women, young people and children reason for … Read more

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Warns Against Danger of Balkanisation

In his address to journalists at the press conference, Cardinal Ambongo revealed, “There is a balkanization plan that is already underway.” According to the Congolese Church leader, the balkanization plan “concerns the eastern part of the country. There is even a mode of operation in Ituri-Bunia, Butembo-Beni and Rutshuru-Minembwe.” As a way forward, the Archbishop of Kinshasa appealed to the Government to assume its constitutional … Read more

How Synodality Marks a Paradigm Shift in the Church

We often hear from conservative Catholics that “the Church is not a constitutional democracy”. They emphasize the rejection of parliamentarianism and proceduralism, while tending to forget that members of the Church have rights and are not at the mercy of an absolute hierarchy. In fact, it is democracy that corresponds better than any other system to what Vatican II calls the “inherent dignity of the … Read more

Cameroon: Bishop Andrew Nkea (Mamfe) Appointed Archbishop of Bamenda

Pope Francis has promoted an African bishop known for his emphasis on family, community, and traditional values. In an announcement released on Monday, the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the pope has named Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya as the new Archbishop of Bamenda in Cameroon. Bishop Fuanya, 54, has served as the Bishop of Mamfe, also in Cameroon, since 2014. He came to international … Read more

Cameroon: ‘I was in Prison and You Visited Me’.

Cameroon’s bishops have expressed their concern about detention conditions where poor infrastructure and overcrowding mean the rights of prisoners are violated on a daily basis. Figures from the Ministry of Justice indicate that the overall occupancy rate in 2016 was 164.7 percent, even as that figure varies from prison to prison. The New Bell Prison in Douala houses some 5,000 inmates, although it was initially … Read more

Uganda: Bishops Publish Challenging Christmas Message

UGANDA EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE (UGANDA CATHOLIC SECRETARIAT) Nsambya Hilt, 672 Hanlon Road P.O. BOX 2886 KAMPALA UGANDA, E.A. Christmas Message of the Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference Theme: Be Each Other’s Neighbour Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas to you all! This greeting echoes what the angel said to the shepherds in Bethlehem “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy … Read more