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Recent SJ Publications from Africa

   le superleadership

Le Superleadership: Par le dépouillement et l’amitié (Jn 3:30), by Wilfrid Kolorunko Okambawa, S.J. (Dakar: Lux Africæ, 2016), 226 pages. ISBN: 979-10-93302-03-4.

At a time of global crisis of leadership, the author believes, every human person is called to be a leader. Yet the true leadership still remains the least shared thing in the world, he argues, because it is dominated by the will of might and the idolatry of power, instead of authority that is placed at the service of the least. Contrary to common opinion, this book examines the declaration of John the Baptist about Jesus—“He must increase and I must decrease” (Jn 3:30)—with a view to establishing and developing leadership by detachment and friendship, which is quite out of the ordinary and which reverses the “values of this world.” That is the leadership that our current world, especially Africa, needs in order to build communities in preparation for the advent of the kingdom of justice, love and peace.

 

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Messingué, Jean, La joie de l'amour. Exhortation apostolique post-Synodale Amoris Laetitia du Saint-Père François sur l'amour dans la famille. Guide de lecture, Abidjan, Presses de l'ITCJ, 2016, 252 pp.

A presentation of the book:

L'exhortation apostolique a été publiée dans un contexte marqué particulièrement par des rapides transformations culturelles. Ce contexte contient en germe des conflits qui fragilisent les relations humaines et provoquent des crises de toutes sortes au sein des familles. Mais il offre aussi des nouvelles opportunités pastorales. Ce guide propose un dialogue avec Amoris laetitia, comme un   processus de trans-formation du regard sur les familles, de manière à reconstruire la pastorale du mariage et de la famille à partir du contexte africain.

 

   

  African-Land-Systems-Tarimo

African Land Rights Systems,by Aquiline Tarimo (Bamenda: Langaa Research and Publishing CIG, 2014), 163 pages, ISBN 978-9956-792-60-3.

This book, from ethical, interdisciplinary, and African perspectives, unveils the root causes of the increasing land disputes. Its significance lies upon the effort of presenting a broad overview founded upon a critical analysis of the existing land-related disputes. It is a perspective that attempts to evaluate the renewed interest in evolving theories of land rights by raising questions that can help us to understand better differences underlying land ownership systems, conflict between customary and statutory land rights systems, and the politics of land reform. Other dimensions explored in the book include the market influence on land-grabbing and challenges accompanying trends of migration, resettlement, and integration. The methodology applied in the study provides a perspective that raises questions intended to identify areas of contention, dispute, and conflict. The study, which could also be categorized as a critical assessment of the African land rights systems, is intended to be a resource for scholars, activists, and organizations working to resolve land-related disputes. (From the back cover).

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African Land Rights Systems, by Aquiline Tarimo (Bamenda: Langaa Research and Publishing CIG, 2014), 163 pages, ISBN 978-9956-792-60-3.

This book, from ethical, interdisciplinary, and African perspectives, unveils the root causes of the increasing land disputes. Its significance lies upon the effort of presenting a broad overview founded upon a critical analysis of the existing land-related disputes. It is a perspective that attempts to evaluate the renewed interest in evolving theories of land rights by raising questions that can help us to understand better differences underlying land ownership systems, conflict between customary and statutory land rights systems, and the politics of land reform. Other dimensions explored in the book include the market influence on land-grabbing and challenges accompanying trends of migration, resettlement, and integration. The methodology applied in the study provides a perspective that raises questions intended to identify areas of contention, dispute, and conflict. The study, which could also be categorized as a critical assessment of the African land rights systems, is intended to be a resource for scholars, activists, and organizations working to resolve land-related disputes. (From the back cover).

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The Church We Want: Foundations, Theology and Mission of the Church in Africa: Conversations on Ecclesiology, edited by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2015), 342 pages, ISBN: 9966-08-933-0.

The output of research and scholarship on the theology of the church in Africa has not matched the mandate of the synod to “work out the theology of the Church-as-family with all the riches contained in this concept” (Ecclesia in Africa no. 63). This volume fills this gap by presenting incisive analyses, models, and portraits of the church in Africa from diverse historical, theological, ecumenical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives and contexts. It builds on the previous volume [Theological Reimagination: Conversations on Church, Religion and Society in Africa, (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2014)] by gathering many past contributors in a community of theological scholarship that engages in conversation as an ongoing process of maturation of thought, broadening of vision, and deepening of reflection. Striking and unique features in these essays open up new paths for understanding the theology, identity, and mission of the church in Africa and the world. (From the back cover)

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  Allez-dans-le-monde-entier

Allez dans le monde entier…”: Centenaire de l’évangelisation catholique du Kwango—Diocèse de Popokabaka (1915-2015), edited by Anicet N’Teba Mbengi SJ, Mulopo Apollinaire Makambu and Narcisse Kabeya Makweta (Kinshasa: Editions Loyola, 2015 [2014?]), 444 pages. ISBN 999512703.

“The history of a local church in a mission country is the history of the evangelization of a people,” says Narcisse Kabeya Makweta in his introduction to this monumental volume. Indeed the book is more than a story or history; it is, in many ways, a resource for the study of the history of the 19th century wave of evangelization in Africa and its enduring legacy to this day. Focusing on just one diocese, and drawing from myriad sources of information, it provides a detailed coverage of the necessary sacrifices and labors, the failures and successes that culminated in the establishment of a vibrant church in the Diocese of Popokabaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A collaborative effort by close to sixty people, the book comprises 17 chapters that are grouped into three parts, not counting a significant amount of front and back matter. The first part deals with the pioneers and protagonists of the evangelization of Kwango-Popokabaka from 1915 to the present. It provides an excellent mélange of missionary and local actors in the process of planting Catholicism in this part of the DRC. The role played by the Jesuits in the evangelization of Kwango-Popokabaka is well detailed here. The second part deals with the apostolic involvement of the Catholic Church in Kwango-Popokabaka, highlighting the various ministries that were carried out—from education to parish ministry and from social work to the inculturation of the gospel and the liturgy. The third part analyses current realities on the ground and looks more to the future, proposing ways of carrying forward the work of evangelization, enculturation and social development in the region.

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  Chikwekwete-and-Opongo Building-Social-Conscience

Building Social Conscience Through the Continuing Formation of the Laity: Focus on Catholic Professionals, edited by Dadirai Miriam Chikwekwete and Elias Omondi Opongo, S.J. (Harare: African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching, 2015), 123 pages.

This booklet is based on material presented at conferences that were successively held in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Most of the articles inform the reader about the history, the form and the level of development of Catholic professional groups in the countries of eastern and southern Africa where the African Forum for Social Teaching (AFRCAST) operates. A few others get into some preliminary discussions about the nature of Catholic Social Teaching and how it can lead practitioners towards making a contribution to social transformation. While it acknowledges with appreciation the role and contribution of some individual Catholic professionals in Church and society, the booklet admits that a lot more could be done by this particularly well-positioned group and even begins to show how this could happen.

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  Ranaivoarson-Chemin-de-Croix-du-Saint-Jacques-Berthieu

Pélérinage Ambohibemasoandro – Ambiatibe: Le Chemin de Croix du Saint Jacques Berthieu, by Pierre André Ranaivoarson, S.J. (no publication details, c. 2015), 35 pages.

A small devotional book, printed ad experimentum and designed for pilgrims following the route from Ambolhibemasoandro to Ambiatibe (Madagascar), about twelve kilometres, which Saint Jacques Berthieu passed in the last moments before he was martyred on June 8, 1896. The book is thus aptly sub-titled The Way of the Cross of Saint Jacques Berthieu. The author is the current provincial superior of the Jesuits in Madagascar. He marks fourteen stations along the way, from the saint’s capture at Rasamoelina to his brutal murder at Ambiatibe, and adds a fifteenth station to celebrate the beatification and canonization of Jacques Berthieu. The centre of prayer and reflection at every station is Jesus. A gospel passage is proposed to focus attention on an aspect of Jesus’ own passion, and only at the very end of a station is provided a brief text to indicate how Jacques Berthieu’s own suffering was a concrete way of bearing witness to the love and the consequent passion of Christ.

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  Ratsimbazafy Jacques Berthieu  

Md. Jacques Berthieu: ilay voahangin' ny finoana eto Madagasikara, by Fulgence Ratsimbazafy SJ (Antananarivo, 2014), 58 pages.

The book, whose title can be translated as St. Jacques Berthieu: A Pearl of Faith in Madagascar, was written to commemorate the canonization of Jacques Berthieu (1838-1896), Jesuit missionary and martyr in Madagascar, which took place on October 21, 2012. It contains two key reflections by the author. The first reflection recounts the life of St. Berthieu as a missionary, a martyr, and someone who cared for the development of the Malagasy people. St. Berthieu is thus presented as a model, not only for the religious, but also for all Christians. The second reflection brings the life and examples of St. Berthieu into the reality of political crisis in Madagascar today. Fulgence sees this Saint missionary as a prophet who can speak to the Malagasy people, including their leaders, on themes such as human rights, justice, freedom, reconciliation, etc. In both reflections, Fulgence not only narrates the life and work of Jacques Berthieu, but deepens and illustrates it with a theological reflection on the meaning of sainthood in our cotemporary world. (Reviewed by Jocelyn Rabeson SJ, Chief Librarian, Hekima College)

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