Sunday, 14th October, was the feast day of the St. Edward’s catholic community, Rokel, Archdiocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone. In the presence of the archbishop of Freetown, Edward Tamba Charles, the community celebrated its patron saint, Edward the Confessor of the faith. Established in 2008, the Rokel catholic community has been for a long time a ‘mobile community’; from a mango tree to different family houses and later in the community centre. Finally, the community managed to acquire a piece of land and started to build.
Orientation Program for New Missionaries in Sierra Leone The University of Makeni (Unimak) in partnership with the Religious Conference of Superiors of Sierra Leone offered an orientation program for new religious men and women in Sierra Leone, that is, those who have arrived in the country less than two years ago.
In two days, Sierra Leone will be holding the general elections. As the time goes by, all political party members have been pitching their candidates for support, campaigning with the zeal and humour that is typical to Sierra Leoneans. Every voter wishes his candidate to win in order to “make Salone better”.
“Those who have come into genuine contact with Christ, cannot keep him for themselves”.
(Novo millennio ineunte, 40)
Pope Francis has convoked the Synod of Bishops for October 2018 to discuss the topic “Young people, the faith and vocational discernment”. The path to the Synod began with reflections contained in the Preparatory Document, which includes questionnaires (these are also available online) that aim to explore and get to know the ambitions, hopes and fears of young people. Almost all the world’s Bishops’ Conferences were involved in the preparation of the questionnaires: these are different for each continent and they were sent out together with the Preparatory Document. The replies will form the basis of the Instrumentum laboris (which will be ready by summer 2018) and will be the reference point for the Synod Fathers’ discussion.
The annual youth camp during holiday time in Kabala that is oriented as first evangelization. It began this year from the last week of academic school. And it lasted two weeks. During this time, we introduced the children from pre-school, primary and secondary school to Christianity.
Is the Catholic Church rediscovering the beauty of the first proclamation of the Gospel and the commitment to it? This is the question that came to my mind when reading the Letter recently published by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (February 22, 2018). “Placuit Deo”- “it pleased to God” (Eph 1:9) - is addressed to catholic bishops on Certain aspects of Christian salvation. In light of the greater tradition of the faith and with particular reference to the teachings of Pope Francis, the Letter intends to demonstrate certain aspects of Christian salvation that can be difficult to understand today because of recent cultural changes (n°1).
It is uncertain to describe or explain a phenomenon such as beliefs. First, it is difficult to say anything on the beliefs or faith of other people. Second, belief is not material thus difficult to describe. This text presented by Centre d’Etudes Africaines (CEA) - a Xaverian African Study Centre- has been elaborated by Rev. Faustino Turco, s.x. He describes traditional, cultural, religious beliefs and taboos showing their values and limits. He did his research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa. Various ancestral, religious and occult practices in Africa aim to find responses to vital questions: Where am I coming from, what is my identity? Where am I going; what is my destiny? Where is my distress coming from? What should I do to find felicity? Who is God? What is Transcendence? What is the nature of human being? What is the eschatological meaning of human existence? Like any religion, these beliefs aim to respond somehow to human existential anguish.
Recently, Mr. Jacob Y Kamara, our prayer leader of Kombili community, invited me to visit three villages (Yendeia, Kambaia and Kalia). Actually these villages are not too far from Kombili, but because the short access road was bad, we used a long but better road. The advantage was that we passed through many other villages that I had not seen before: Biribaia, Modibiai, Bantanlolu and Koindu. We chose the day of Friday when people are in the villages for prayer because most of them are Muslims. In fact, when we arrived in Kalia village, they were in the mosque praying, so we waited for them in the house of the town chief. These villages are along the border between Sierra Leone and Guinea. They are Yalunka by tribe.