Eco-citizen Day at Our Lady of Africa

Journée Eco-Citoyenne à Notre-Dame d’Afrique

Translated from an article of our confreres on the website of Our Lady of Africa in Algiers

The idea was in the minds of the White Fathers of the Basilica and in their conversations for months… as they saw the surroundings of the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa, one of the most visited places in Algiers, becoming increasingly dirty. Finally, encouraged by what is being done elsewhere, we launched an appeal inviting citizens to come and clean up for a few hours. The messages went on social networks…. We didn’t know how many people would come…  We were a little stressed!

On August 31, at 7:30 am, the first three volunteers arrived from Dely Ibrahim… by bike! Little by little, other people came: as a couple, with family, with friends, with colleagues from work, or on their own… I saw Algerians, Poles, Malians, Burkinabés, Brazilians, French, Ghanaians, Mexicans, Spaniards, and even the police and the city hall services (NetCom), as well as some tourists who were a little surprised. We also had a television journalist… from China!

We gave safety instructions, gloves, garbage bags (partly provided by NetCom) and each was assigned a zone. From time to time someone would scream, “Who wants “freshhh” water? Who wants “freshhh” water? ” Fortunately, because the heat was intense. For two and a half hours we worked in a cheerful mood, making new friends, sweating, but above all with the pride of helping to restore the beauty of the place!

A whistle blew to end the work. Everyone gathered so that we could tell them: “Thank you for coming to restore the beauty of this place. The fact that most of you are Muslims who have come to take care of a Christian church is also a beautiful act. God created nature so beautiful, so we as believers must keep it that way. Thank you for coming!  ». We took a few pictures in front of “the fruit of our sweat”: while being quite surprised that only two hours allowed us to collect so much waste!

We had ordered delicious cakes (sweet and savoury) and arranged everything necessary to offer tea or coffee to the 70 people and more who stayed until the end. It allowed us to regain our strength and make new friends. For some people it was the first time they came to the basilica and a “guided” tour ended the morning.

We are very grateful to all those who made this day possible. The ideal would be for us not to have to make an appeal again to clean the domain…. But if it were the case, now we know that we can count on the many friends of the Basilica.

Peter-Claver KOGH and José M. CANTAL
White Fathers at the Basilica

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 7

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4: The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Week 5: Mission through witness of life

Week 6: Mission at the service of people

Week 7: Mission needs ongoing formation

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 6

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Week 5 : Mission through witness of life

Week 6 : Mission at the service of people

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 5

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Week 5 : Mission through witness of life

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 4

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 3

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

“African” Way of the Cross 2019

Here is an “African” Way of the Cross – very beautiful and prayerful – proposed by our confrere Manu Quertemont. This is a PowerPoint presentation recorded in MP4 video format. The Way of the Cross was created by painter Charles Ndege for the parish church of Nyakato, in the diocese of Mwanza, in northern Tanzania. The Way of the Cross is skillfully updated with contemporary themes of suffering and liberation, and given the legislation on Copyright and Digital Data Protection, it is impossible to put this video on YouTube, or even to offer it to everyone on our website. Hence the restriction of this post.

You can view it here on a purely personal basis :

… and download it from here :

https://1drv.ms/v/s!ArWERpqiNo6QmgOnarCCfaoFqVKh (85,6 Mo)

 

Lent 2019 – Way of the Cross

The Lenten Way of the Cross was prepared by the JPIC-ED Coordination of the Missionaries of Africa (Rome, 2019).

The texts for reflection are drawn from the apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate”. The images of the Way of the Cross, a work by the artist Amblé Sonaglia, come from the Church of St Polycarp in Rome. The stations are made with nails… which connect us, unite us, even more so with Jesus crucified.

To pray the Way of the Cross personally, or to evaluate its content, please click on the square halfway down the bottom bar of the “Google Slides” presentation below, to view the presentation in full screen. By default, slides switch from one to the other every minute, but you can force a slide through or back by manipulating the arrows to the left of the bottom bar. And to exit the full screen presentation, press ESC.

 

 

Below, you can download three PDF documents:

Simply print the first document on both sides on “A4 landscape” paper to form a 16-page A5 notebook (4 A4 sheets).

You can also download another PDF document with photos of the 15 stations of the Way of the Cross, ready to be projected.

The third document is the stations, page by page, like those in the “Google Slides” presentation above.

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 2

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Lenten meditations 2019 – week 1

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview