- Dec 7, 2019
The very first Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life, taking place at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, one of the world’s largest Catholic seminaries, Dec. 5-8, is a chance to take the temperature of a continent deeply consequential for Catholic fortunes, given the stunning growth and youthful energy that permeates African Catholicism.
After spending 12 hours in captivity, Cameroonian Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda says he gave his captors rosaries and copies of the Bible.
The Mexican bishops’ conference issued a plea for peace and Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes asked priests to celebrate Masses “for all the victims of violence in the country” after a pair of kidnappings and killings in the national capital provoked outrage and worsened perceptions of insecurity.
About 170 students at a Catholic school were taken by separatists in Cameroon earlier this month and later regained their freedom.
A torchlit rally was held in Rome Wednesday night for Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, one of tens of thousands of people who’ve been “disappeared” in Syria since violence broke out in 2011.
In Catholicism’s evolving concept of martyrdom, the key shift is this: What matters most isn’t the motive of the assassin, but of the victim.