Charles Lavigerie, Founder of
the White Fathers, 1884
"O my beloved Africa. Seventeen years ago, I sacrificed all to you, when driven by a palpable force from God. I renounced everything to devote myself to your service... I have loved everything about Africa, her past, her future, her mountains, her clear sky, her sunshine, the great sweep of her deserts, the azure waves that bathe her coasts."
Over the years Sierra Leone has suffered from so many disasters. Some were man-made like the Civil War which cost so many lives and resulted in the mutilation of so many innocent people. Some were from "natural causes" like the Ebola epidemic, which also took so many people's lives. Now, more than 400 people have been drowned in a sea of mud in Freetown, many whilst they slept. It is claimed that 600 are still missing.
On Saturday, 20th May, in Worth, Fr. John MacWilliam was ordained as Bishop of Laghouat – Ghardaïa, a diocese in Algeria. He was ordained by Archbishop Michael FitzGerald, MAfr., by Bishop Claude Rault., MAfr (John’s predecessor in Laghouat) and by Bishop Ilario Antoniazzi of Tunis.
20th May was a special day for Fr. Peter Kelly; he celebrated with his family the 60th anniversary of his ordination. Fr. Chris Wallbank represented the Missionaries of Africa and was able to join him at the parish of his sister, Theresa, in Epsom...
On 21/06/2017 Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the office for Integral Human Development, gave details of humanitarian projects, in South Sudan. He also outlined numerous initiatives that the Holy See has taken to stop the war in South Sudan. Despite postponing his trip there until 2018, Pope Francis is determined to raise awareness about the needs of those suffering from conflict and starvation there.