The “Documentation Catholique” asked Father Stéphane Joulain, a Missionary of Africa and psychotherapist, to put into perspective Pope François’ approach to sexual abuse in the Church, “to try to bring out a little of the hermeneutical universe of the Holy Father and to be able to see what he wishes to put in place at the pastoral level”. Indeed, Pope Francis’ Letter to the People of God, dated August 20, 2018, follows on from two other important letters, those he wrote on May 17, 2018 to the Chilean bishops who came to meet him in Rome and those of May 30, 2018 to the People of God who are walking in Chile.
Father Frank Nolan has reviewed the Society’s archives and comes with new insights about Cardinal Lavigerie, his vision, his personality.
Two of the participants at this Conference, which is part of a cycle of Roman Conferences in view of the Jubilee Celebrations, have given these testimonies at the end of the conference :
“Students need this vision! I have been giving the talks in the Novitiate about Lavigerie but this is a very good corrective to some of the stuff I was giving, putting the stress on the strong hand of Lavigerie, which of course is there, but you are showing that it is not the full picture.” (D. Sullivan, M.Afr.)
“I just want to thank you for this vision. I think it is confirmed by the relationship Lavigerie had with our Mother Salome because it is true that he considered his will to be the will of God and as much as she entered into this vision, at the same time, though pretty shy, Mother Salome could challenge Lavigerie… who took it well and listened to her.” (G. Schreyer, msola)
Here after, the conference of Frank Nolan (in English) and then the two photos he is speaking about at the beginning of the conference.
The article is entitled “Meeting Muslims. The singular contribution of the Society of Missionaries of Africa” (pp. 67-80). You will find the figures of Henri Marchal, Jacques Lanfry and Etienne Renaud.
I look forward to reading your comments and hearing from you.
PS/ For those of you who know him, Paolo, who is also a great friend of the Society, celebrated his third birthday yesterday.
Rémi resides in Kenya where his wife is an Italian government diplomat to the Kenyan government.
At the Generalate on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, our confrere, Bishop Willy Ngumbi, shared with us his experience as a participant in the Synod of Bishops on Youth, which has just ended in the Vatican. (in French)