August visitor

Today is January 1, 2020. We are beginning the year in a big way by having in our midst an August visitor. This distinguished personality is the newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buea, Bishop Michael Bibi, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

It was on Saturday, 28 December, 2019 that the Holy Father, Pope Francis made the surprise appointment which was announced simultaneously in Rome and in the Diocese of Buea at mid day.

Our Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, fondly called The Emerging Vatican was the first to receive him as he celebrated a pontifical High Mass with us the next day, the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

The big event that day was the celebration of the jubilee of the erection of the Diocese by the Family Life Apostolate. It was a real privilege to have the Bishop with us.

Today, he comes again, to start the new year with us with a Pontifical High Mass. It also happens to be his last Mass in the Archdiocese, prior to his departure to his new station. Again we are blessed to receive his episcopal blessings.

We have an Archdiocese with 45 perishes and quasi Parishes and each one would have loved to be the one to be distinguished to receive his pontifical blessings, but it is the Emerging Vatican alone that is blessed with that opportunity.

We cannot thank God enough. As we say, love begets love or a good turn deserves another. We will be represented in Buea tomorrow when he lands there to take up his new function.

Above all, we are joining the rest of the Archdiocese to dedicate him to the Lord in prayers; that the Almighty God may equip him with the necessary health, strength and wisdom to accomplish his mission in a way pleasing to Him.

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The Gospel is moving (Be inspired today 168 by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

The Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda, the energetic, Bishop Michael Bibi continues to sweeten the hearts of the traumatized people of his part of the country with his penetrative homilies.

The people here thirst for the reassuring words of the Lord more than ever before in the face of the trials they are having.

Many of them have been killed, many homes have been burnt down, many have lost dear ones and property, many have been displaced from their homes or have no homes.

Bishop Bibi has been going right to the hills and forests where many of them are hiding to celebrate Mass and call for a spirit if love, reconciliation and peace as prescribed by our heavenly Father.

Wherever he goes, Bishop Bibi is warmly received as faith in the Lord is the only hope the people have.

Here are more images of Bishop Bibi in the field:

We hope the Lord will hear our cries and bring this traumatic situation to successful end.

The chemical weapon of fear

If fear is threatening
To grip your heart,
Do well to tell it off;
Let it go its way;
If you don’t turn it off,
You give it power to grip
Your life;
And if fear grips your life,
Be sure to ashes you’re crushed;
So dangerous it is;
It’s a weapon of mass destruction;
Good of it to stay clear;
And if on you it should
Impose itself,
Bring it under control.
It is nothing to let loose;
It gives birth without control,
Its kids so dangerous like himself:
Armed to the teeth for destruction;
Themselves weapons of mass destruction;
Chemical weapons,
As they are called,
And these are
Doubt,
Worry,
Procrastination,
Inhibition
Paralysis,
And failure;
It is clear
Like your face in a mirror,
That these destructive chemicals,
Should be kept abbey.
Don’t joke with them;
Or let them come near you.