Douala Archdiocese has just commemorated its centenary of evangelisation, while Bamenda Archdiocese will be rounding off activities marking the centenary of its evangelisation in May this year. L'Effort camerounais caught up with the Douala Emeritus Archbishop, Christian Cardinal Tumi, who among other things, evaluates the early missionary effort. Excerpts:
The Catholic Church in Douala and elsewhere in Cameroon is gearing up to celebrate the centenary of evangelisation and a photo exhibition that recaptures some of the key moments and spotlights some important ecclesial, civic, administrative and lay personalities; who were part of what we can term the evangelisation miracle today, is presently taking place at the esplanade of the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish Douala.
Discussions on the recent liberation of a French priest, Fr. Georges Vandenbeusch, kidnapped and taken to Nigeria and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic, took place on the sidelines of the Bishop’s thirty-seventh annual seminar. L’Effort Camerounais sought to know from the NECC President the Church’s position on these developments.
It has been a remarkable year for the Church in particular and Cameroon in general. The President of the National Bishops’ Conference of Cameroon and Douala Archbishop, Mgr. Samuel Kleda, shares his opinion on some major happenings in the Church and Cameroon in 2013. Excerpts:
The ninth batch of Maryvale Institute Bamenda christened St. Francis has officially completed studies and has been awarded certificates in Catechesis. The 63 graduates received their certificates from the Archbishop of Bamenda on Saturday, December 7, 2013 after a Eucharistic celebration in the Mankon Metropolitan Cathedral.
The two Fidei Donum priests Frs Bernadine Nsom and George Ngwa at the extremes
Rev. Frs. Bernadine Nsom and George Ngwa have been sent to the Diocese of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom as Fidei Donum Missionary priests. They left Cameroon on Sunday, December 8, 2013 to join Rev. Frs. Bonaventure Ndong and Thomas Amungwa who travelled to the UK two years ago. This brings to four Fidei Donum Missionary priests in Portsmouth Diocese from Bamenda Archdiocese.
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.
Beloved brothers and sisters, As you already know, on the night of November 13 breaking 14, Reverend Father Georges VANDENBEUSCH was kidnapped by unidentified armed men who whisked him away to Nigeria.