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."
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.
Excerpts from the sermon given by Fr Chris Wallbank MAfr in Rutherglen
One thing that comes to mind when thinking of John is how his whole missionary life was marked in so many ways by the Cross.
Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald MAfr, formerly Head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Papal Nuncio in Egypt to the Arab League, was invited to pray and give a reflection on 3rd October 2017in Edinburgh before the Scottish Parliament.
When received by Pope Francis last month in the Vatican, the Bishops of Algeria stressed that the request to have the Bishop of Oran and 18 priests and religious, who had been murdered in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, beatified was not in any way meant to be a self-congratulatory move by the Church, nor was it meant to be a claim of “poor Christians murdered by wicked Muslims”.