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PAN AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC EXEGETES 2015

17th CONGRESS OF THE PANAFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC EXEGETES MEET IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BAMENDA

Biblical scholars from Africa and Madagascar have been meeting in the Blessed Paul VI Memorial Pastoral Centre, Bamendankwe in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. The scholars meeting under the theme : Bible and Leadership in Africa, began on Tuesday 8 September 2015 with a Pontifical concelebrated Holy Mass in the St Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral, Mankon, with Bishop Raymond Ahouha, of Grand Bassa, Cote d"Ivoire, as main celebrant. Also present were the Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua, his Auxiliary, Bishop Agapitus Nfon; His Excellency the Governor of the North West Region, priests, religious and many of the laity.  On Wednesday 9 September the day began with a presentation by Prof. Ndaiye of the University of Dakar, on Leadership in Africa. The founding fathers of Africa had a clear vision and sincerely wanted to free their people from colonialism; unfortunately, in the course of time, African leaders seemed to have lost their sense of direction and some have become dictators and oppressors of their own people. There is a need therefore to review our leadership style and the Church could be of help. There also inputs using different concepts and personalities as biblical models for African leadership to copy.



BURIAL  OF FR EVARISTUS YUFANYI: 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Very Reverend Fr Evaristus Vughe Yufanyi, prest of the Archdiocese of Bamenda died in St Elizabeth's Catholic Hospital Shisong on Monday 24 August at 11pm.  His mortal remains were laid to rest in the Bamenda Metropolitan Cathedral premises on Wednesday 2 September 2015. The final journey began with the removal from the mortuary of the St Elizabeth's Catholic Hospital where Fr Yufanyi died. The first requiem Mass was celebrated in Shisong at 11am by Mgr Roland Njowir Berngeh, Vicar General of the Diocese of Kumbo. During his homily, Mgr Berngeh call on all Christians to be ready for death at any time and not to be clogged to the things of this world. After the Mass in Shisong, the funeral convoy led by the ADP chair Fr Ernest Timchia Tubuo and the private Secretary of the Archbishop, left at 1.30pm. There were organized stops for Christians to pay their last homage at Babessi, Baba, Bamunka-Ndop, Bambili, Bambui and finally the reception of the mortal remains at the Cathedral by 5.15pm. The Prayer of the Dead was led by Priests and Religious and the second funeral Mass with Bishop Agapitus Nfon as main celebrant took place at 6.30pm in the Cathedral. Bishop Agapitus described Fr Evaristus as a very dedicated priest who was lucky to have enough time to prepare for his death. There was a Mass by the ADP Provincial at 9pm, then another at 12midnight and a family Mass at 3am. The final requiem and burial Mass was on Wednesday 2 September in the Cathedral with His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua as main celebrant. Also present were His Lordships Agapitus Nfon, Andrew Fuanya Nkea, and Francis Teke Lysinge, as well as the Monsignori and over 130 priests. Many religious men and women and a huge crowd of Christ's Lay Faithful joined the family to pray for the departed priest.

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