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."
Not the first monk, but the first to go off into the Egyptian wilderness. His parents died when he was 18 years old. Following Jesus’ advice to the young man in the Gospel, he gave away to the poor all the money he had inherited in order to devote his life to coming closer to God.
Archbishop Michael, formerly Head of the Pontifical Council for Intereligious Dialogue and the Papal Nuncio in Egypt, received an Honorary Doctorate from Heythrop College, University of London.
Recently, in his pastoral letter of last October to the people of the archdiocese, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon wrote: “In the city of Liverpool I have invited the missionaries of Africa, more commonly known as the White Fathers, to take over the pastoral care of one of our parishes. They will be setting up a mission to specifically respond to the needs of our African brothers and sisters, and others of various ethnic origins, in the city”.
At long last the African Union (AU) has reacted and called for action to stop this vile and degrading abuse of human beings. One of the first African countries to react has been Rwanda.
Yesterday Pope Francis joined a prayer service in Rome organised by “Solidarity with South Sudan” and the Justice and Peace office of male and female religious organisations worldwide. The prayers were for peace and justice for the peoples of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After reading about Fr. John Slinger’s recent escape from death, having been attacked by a mentally ill man in Tanzania, I read about the 3 British Christian missionaries who were repatriated from Nigeria.