The “Democratic Republic of Congo” is a far cry from Scotland’s Morayshire Vale of St Andrew – especially when the DRC’s hot and humid rain forest is remembered in a freezing winter at Pluscarden Abbey. But more striking than that is the contrast of atmosphere. Pluscarden is renowned deservedly for its Peace; the DRC, deservedly, is not! I am anxious to get back to my beloved troubled Congo. But I am revelling in the Benedictine Pax here; “In loco isto dabo pacem (In this place I will give Peace)” …. and I will get the monks’ powerful prayers for the DRC into the bargain too. In this Peace I am still grateful for the Mission I have been privileged to be sent on. I was encouraged here in Pluscarden many years ago to respond to that “foreign missionary” call, and have been supported ever since. What we have in common, in a contemplative life in northern Scotland or in an active ministry in ‘the Heart of Darkest Africa’, is that basic truth: ‘Nil carius Christo’ - Christ and His Love is more important than anything else.
In DR Congo the Catholic Church's involvement in the current process of political transition comes at a price.
After experiencing the life of young people in many different countries and situations - in DR Congo where I grew up, during my years of training for the missionary priesthood in East Africa (Entesekera/Kenya and Kotido/Uganda) and now as a theology student on 'mission experience' in the Catholic Mission of Ilung in NW Cameroon - I am deeply convinced that youth apostolate is not an optional extra but an integral part of the Church's ministry at every level.
AFRICA/CAMEROON - English-speaking areas without the Internet for 50 days to try to block the protest for bilingualism Yaounde (Agenzia Fides) -
Lectern and MISSION
March 8th is the International Women's Day. International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. In 2017, the theme is "Women in the changing world of work." A reflective article in UCANews:
Women of Necessity
To say that he is still firing on all cylinders may be a slight exaggeration, but at age 75 thoughts of retirement are still far removed from Brother Huub Welters' mind.
This poem is a contribution from Kartheek Madasi who is a theology student resident at the Mill Hill Formation House in Nairobi. THE STRUGGLES OF LIFE