From Bakah Derick in Bamenda 

A letter from the Archbishop and Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda has been read to Roman Catholic faithful requesting prayers for dialogue and a peaceful solution of the Anglophone problem.
The letter was read in all churches in the Archdiocese of Bamenda Wednesday August 15, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary very well known in some Roman Catholic cycles as “Big Day Maria.” Here is the letter in its entirety.


Re: AN APPEAL BY THE ARCHBISHOP AND AUXILIARY BISHOP OF BAMENDA TO THE FAITHFUL ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, 2018, FOR PRAYERS FOR DIALOGUE AND A PEACEFUL SOLUTION OF THE ANGLOPHONE PROBLEM

This year we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven in the prevailing socio-political situation of violence and insecurity we have been living through since November 2016. In a number of occasions, we, your Bishops, have called on all families, Small Christians Communities and Parish Communities to organize the praying of the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration so that true dialogue, justice, reconciliation and peace can be achieved. We have also asked Christians to continue to implore the intervention of God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary by praying the MEMORARE and through the intercessionof St. Francis of Assisi by his PRAYER FOR PEACE. We thank all those who have been praying and ask all of you to continue and intensify the prayers, so that Our Lady may intercede for us so that the current crisis may come to a peaceful end.
Unfortunately, the situation does not seem to be improving. In fact; it is deteriorating as there is a refusai of genuine dialogue by the parties concerned. There is continuous and open violent confrontation leading to the death and suffering of many innocent victims. Many families have lost their dear ones and many people continue to be displaced and living out of their homes. We are living through a lot of grieve, fear and uncertainty. We express our condolences (9 all those who have lost their dear ones and we pray that the All Merciful Father may forgive their sins and grant them eternal rest with the Risen Lord. We Want to assure all those who are suffering in any way because of this unfortunate situation of our solidarity and solicitude.
The Church as Mother will continue to do everything in her power to come to the material and spiritual assistance of all without any distinction or discrimination.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption this year we, your Bishops, ask you to intensify the Eucharistic Adoration, the praying; of the Rosary and other novena prayers in order that there may be an end to violence and hostility in favour of dialogue which alone can lead to reconciliation and peace. Today let us raise up our hearts and minds in supplication to the almighty father through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "the woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown”. She rescued the child Jesus from the "dragon which had seven heads and ten horns” to a place of safety which God had made ready for him by whom “victory and power and empire for ever have been won’ (cf Apoc. 12:1 -,6 10) She will surely come to our rescue as well "for never was it known that anyone who fled to her intercession was left unaided. ” That is; why the Church exhorts all her faithful to “pour forth persevering prayer to the Mother of God and Mother of men", imploring her to “intercede with her Son in the fellowship of all the saints” so that all people, whether they are believers or not, might be “happily gathered in peace and harmony into the people of God” (LG 69).
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace and Principal Patroness of Cameroon, intercede for us. Amen

Given in Bamenda, Monday, 6th August 2018 Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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