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Canon Gideon addresses the Conference
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The German Ambassador looks at the study centre resources
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HOUSE OF BISHOPS MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT, A NEW INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO COMBAT AIDS, AND OTHER NEWS
 
EAB PRESS 101130-1
November 30, 2010

[EAB Press - Burundi] MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT

The House of Bishops met, on 10th November, with the President of Burundi, His Excellence Peter Nkurunziza, to congratulate him on his re-election and to express their support for his second term in office. They were able to discuss various matters with him including security and corruption. The Archbishop called on all Burundians to build and work for a peaceful country and region. He said that war was not a solution for settling differences and that peace had been bought at a high price.

SSDDIM AND SAVE

A new initiative to tackle the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS was launched in October. Training supported by Christian Aid Rwanda-Burundi took place for 40 participants from different Churches lead by Rev. Canon Dr. Gideon Byamugisha, Goodwill Ambassador for Christian Aid on HIV and AIDS. Participants considered ways to challenge stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and mis-action through the implementation of SAVE – Safer practices, Access to treatment, Voluntary counselling and testing, and Empowerment of people and communities. A conference for Church and other faith leaders encouraged them to advocate together for a more comprehensive approach in Burundi and the Great Lakes region with the view of eradicating AIDS in Africa by 2031. Personal testimonies of living with HIV and AIDS from Canon Gideon and others reinforced the need to implement more effective strategies.

OPENING OF STUDY CENTRE

The new study centre at Matana Theological Institute was officially opened on the 16th November by the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, and the German Ambassador to Burundi, His Excellence Joseph Weiss. Facilities include a library, an internet cafe, and an office and are available to students of the Institute as well as the general public. Staffed by Martin Philipps and Ezekiel Sindayigaya, the centre provides facilities for self-study courses in a range of subjects including theology, mathematics, and languages as well as internet access. Photocopying and printing of photos, cards and invitations are available. It is hoped that the centre will be a useful resource for the community and generate income to the Institute. Thanks were extended to Trinity Church, New York, who donated the computers, and Hilfe Für Brüder for the construction of the centre.
Before the opening, the Ambassador visited the Lycée of Matana that was built with funding from Germany and opened in 1973.

FLAME INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

Gitega and Makamba dioceses welcomed a team from Flame International for conferences for pastors on the subject of forgiveness, healing, and deliverance. Participants were able to experience and receive prayer ministry in order to be better equipped to minister to others. These conferences followed up those held earlier in the year in the dioceses of Buye and Matana. The Province is grateful to Flame International for their support.

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