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ARCHBISHOP'S TRAVELS, COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE, CAPACITY BUILDING AND OTHER NEWS
 
EAB PRESS 091029-1
October 29, 2009

[EAB Press - Burundi] ARCHBISHOP’S TRAVELS

The Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, led the Bible readings at the CMS Ireland Mid-Africa Conference in September on the theme of transformation. The conference provided an opportunity for supporters to come together, to hear what God is doing in the Mid-Africa region, and to be inspired to continue to play their part.

While in Ireland, the Archbishop was able to meet with the Most Rev. Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and the Most Rev. John O’Neill, Archbishop of Dublin.

At the beginning of October the Archbishop was among ecumenical guests invited to attend the second Special Synod of African Bishops organised at the Vatican in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI joined bishops from 53 African states in discussion under the theme: The Church in Africa at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.”

SYMPATHY

The Province extends prayers and sympathy to the family of Rt. Rev. Eraste Bigirimana, Bishop of Muyinga diocese, following the death of his father on 3rd October 2009.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

Help has been given to 98 returnee families in Bitare, Bujumbura diocese. They received assistance with food in the form of rice and beans and vegetable seeds for planting in order to help them get established after many years as refugees in other countries.

In different parts of Muyinga diocese 5 wells have been dug to provide communities with water.

The Province is grateful to ACT International and ERD for ongoing support for such projects.

TRAINING

- Head teachers from church schools met for a workshop to discuss and evaluate the impact and contribution of their schools, for example, in the area of religious and moral education.

- A seminar to follow up on HIV/AIDS awareness was organised by Muyinga diocese for pastors and Mothers’ Union leaders. It considered issues of parent to child transmission of the virus and the importance of communication between parents and children in the home.

- “Trauma Healing – what the Church can do” was the subject of a seminar led by Hilary Warner from UK and Karen De Graaf from USA for representatives from all the dioceses along with the police and army chaplains and Provincial staff. It is hoped that the material will be used for future seminars in the dioceses.

INTERNATIONAL ALPHA CONFERENCE

Representatives from several of the dioceses attended the conference that was held in Bujumbura and brought together different denominations including the Roman Catholics, Pentecostals, and Baptists. The purpose was to understand Alpha better and how the course can be used in Burundi.

THE COUNTRY

Elections are due to take place in 2010. Please pray for the whole electoral process:

- that the population, that is now estimated at about 8.1 million, is able to register for voting peacefully and without intimidation

- that security is maintained so that people can move around freely and without fear

- that those seeking power will use legitimate channels.