Bishop of Bafia, Cameroon, dies under suspicious circumstances

YAOUNDE JUNE 6, 2017(CISA)-The body of Bishop Jean-Maries Balla of the Catholic Diocese of Bafia has been found in a river 78 kilometres from the country’s capital Yaoundé. His car was found on May 31 on a bridge over the Sanaga River with a note, “Do not look for me, I am in the water,” reported CNA. The bishop had been missing since May 30 after he left his office in Bafia at about 11.30 pm. It was unclear where he was headed.

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British Bishop with one of the largest dioceses in the world

Pope Francis has appointed an English missionary to be bishop of a diocese that covers 2,000,000 kms2 in Algeria. Bishop-elect John MacWilliam is originally from Wimbledon and was educated in Sussex. He joined the British Army and saw active service in Northern Ireland and Oman before joining the Missionaries of Africa (known as the White Fathers). Now, at the age of 68 and after 25 years of service as a priest in North Africa, he will oversee the diocese of Laghouat. Covering 90% of Algeria, the entire south of the country, this diocese has only 10% of the country’s population and a tiny Catholic population of a few hundred expatriates including some migrants. “This is a Church in which our presence among our Muslim neighbours is a response to Christ’s call to be witnesses by our way of life,” says Bishop-elect John.

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Cameroon: Golden Jubilarians

Fons Eppink, Dominic Nyachoti, Hermann Gufler Jubilee On the occasion of the blessing of the new chapel at the Mill Hill Formation House in Bamenda, by Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua the two golden jubilarians present, Fr Hermann Gufler mhm and visiting 'yours truly', also receive a special tribute.

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