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STAMS at 50: A moment of Joy, Gratitude, Renewal

By Bakah Derick As the St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui (STAMS) prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee on December 1, 2023, it is a time for reflection, gratitude, and celebration. This significant milestone marks 50 years of dedication to the formation of future priests and leaders in the Catholic Church, and it is a time to honor the rich history and legacy of this esteemed institution. St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui   Growing as a Catholic and contributing fervently to the upkeep of seminarians and the seminary, celebrating the golden jubilee of this institution comes across differently to me. I see the St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui as  a cornerstone of religious education and spiritual development in the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda which provides a nurturing and supportive environment for students to grow in their faith and knowledge. Over the past five decades, the seminary has played a vital role in shaping the lives of countless ind

Lifestyle: Dr. Edwin Tatah, Mother Receives Apostolic Blessings on Twin Birthday Celebration

By Bakah Derick Pope Francis has imparted Apostolic Blessings on Dr. Edwin Banseka Tatah and his mother, Venyena Scholastica Tatah. The Blessing messages from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church were handed to both mother and son on Saturday 11 November 2023 during a thanksgiving birthday Mass organized for them at the ST. Michael's Catholic Church in Futru-Nkwen. Dr Edwin Banseka Tatah, Mother and celebrating priests  "The Holy Father Francis cordially imparts the requested Apostolic Blessing to Edwin Banseka Tatah on the occasion of his 50th Birthday and through the intercession of the Virgin Mary invokes an abundance of Divine Graces." Dr. Ban's message read with that of the mother carrying her name. While Dr. Edwin Banseka celebrated his Golden Age (50), his mother was celebrating her 85th birthday. An elaborate all-white party to celebrate both held at the Blue Pearl Hotel Plaza where family, friends, groups and other well-wishers show

Catholic Church: Cameroon Bishops meet Pope Francis, discuss Anglophone Crisis, others

Bishops of Cameroon have ended a one week visit to the Vatican. The Visit from the 10 to the 16 of September 2023 is a tradition of the Roman Catholic that instructs Bishops within an Episcopal Conference; this case Cameroon, to visit the Vatican; Seat of the Catholic Church every five years in what is known within the church's circles as Visita ad Limina Apostolorum meaning visit to the Thresholds of the Apostles (Peter and Paul). Cameroon Bishops in the Vatican  According to a release by the Secretary General of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC), the high point of their Ad Limina visit was the audience with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Mgr Jervis Kebei Kewi explains that the Bishops and the Pontiff "discussed matters affecting the life of the Church in Cameroon: the Pastoral Life of the Church, the formation of priests and Catechists, immigration, the up coming Synod on Synodality, interreligious dialogue, the situation of the socio-political

"Pray for Your Priests" Rev Fr. Ignatius Waindim Tells attendees of his 35th Priestly Anniversary Celebration

By Binwie Marinette  Rev. Fr lgnatius Waindim has encouraged those who attended the celebration of his 35 years of Priesthood to pray for priests. The former Rector of the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, was speaking on Friday 1 September 2023 at the St. Paul's Quasi Parish, Ntahkekah-Nkwen, Bamenda where he is serving as Parish Priest. Rev. Fr. Waindim Ignatius, colleague Priests and Others after the anniversary Mass  While emphasizing that the celebration was not about a particular Priest but the gift of Priesthood to the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. lgnatius Waindim explained that serving for thislong as a priest could only be an expression of the love of Christ. A fund raiser to support the construction of a Perpetual Adoration Chapel was the major highlight of the celebration. Leading the celebrant's family in the Fund Raiser was Hon Jude Waindim, who has expressed gratitude to all who were present. Born on July 20, 1961, Rev Fr. Ignatius Wa

Bamenda Bishops reaffirm commitment to education, condemn examination malpractice, wanton killings

Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC) have “reaffirmed their commitment to education as a basic human right that works to raise men and women out of ignorance, poverty and level of inequalities and ensures sustainable development.” Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province  The remark is contained in a statement issued at the close of the 75th ordinary meeting of BAPEC held from the 17-22 of August 2023 in Kumba. While expressing gratitude to all stakeholders who made it possible for students and pupils to study without any interruption during the 2022/2023 academic year, the Bishops have called on all “communities to work together towards the reopening of their schools, so that our children are not left behind while the world advances.”  Apart from the right to education, the Bishops also called for an end to the wanton killings, destruction of property, weaponized ethnic differences, the upsurge in examination malpractices in the

Bamenda: Archbishop Nkea Fuanya clocks 10 as Bishop

The Archbishop of Bamenda shall on Wednesday 23 August 2023 clock ten years as Bishop. His Grace Andrew Nkea Fuanya appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mamfe on July 10, was ordained on August 23, 2013. The Episcopal Ordination in Mamfe had as Principal Consecrator, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, then Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon.  Bishop Francis Teke Linsingue, Bishop of Mamfe and Emmanuel Bushu, Bishop of Buea were the Principal Co-Consecrators.  Ordained Priest of the Diocese of Buea over 31year ago, His Grace Andrew Nkea since his ordination as Bishop served as Coadjutor before succeeding Bishop Francis Teke as Bishop of Mamfe in January 2014. At 54, he was appointed Archbishop of Bamenda and Apostolic Administrator of Mamfe. On the 22 Feb 2020, he was installed Archbishop of Bamenda and on  May 5, 2022, ceased as Apostolic Administrator of Mamfe Diocese.  The Hilltop Mail has gathered that a 10th anniversary thanksgiving Mass for the Prelate takes place on Saturday Aug

CBC Constitutional Review: the landmark speech of the Executive President, the approved proposals

The 2nd Extra Ordinary Session of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) on Saturday 10 June 2023, approved the review of the institution's constitution. A majority of delegates representing churches of the convention reached decision after an entire day of deliberation and voting.  Nkwen Baptist Church where the 2nd Extraordinary general session took place  Presenting a Justification of the proposal for a constitutional review, the CBC Executive President (EP), Rev. Dr. Nditemeh Charlemagne noted that the process started not less than two years before he became the leader of the convention thus answering worries of those who thought the review was happening too sudden. After being examined by the various structures of the convention including the General Council and the Legal Advisory Committee, the EP dismissed claims of illegality in the process.  Speaking during the opening of the session the CBC Chief Shepherd identified the following as weaknesses of the CBC Consti

Bamenda: Archbishop Andrew Nkea warn families against financial pressure on Priests

By Bakah Derick  The Archbishop of Bamenda has warned newly ordained priests in his Archdiocese to stay away from excessive money generation activities for family and personal interest. His Grace Andrew Nkea Fuanya was speaking in Bamenda on Wednesday 12 April 2023 during the ordination of some 13 priests at the St Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral Big Mankon.  Priest being ordained in Bamenda on the ground in white  The prelate was categorical when he lashed out on priests who because of personal and family interest multiply money collection initiatives in church just to satisfy their needs. Describing it as 'money doubling', Archbishop Nkea, indicated that the priesthood was and shall never be a race or a job. "It is a vocation." He said  The Doctor in Canon Law emphasized that families should learn to give their children to the church and to God completely and not to pressure them for money. He used the moment to announce that from now hence, th

Religion: Hon Agho Oliver, others contribute to kick-off PC Nsoh-Bafut Church project

By a Correspondent  Hon Agho Oliver was amongst those who made outstanding contributions for the construction  of a benefiting Church house for PC Nsoh-Bafut on Sunday 2 April 2023.  "This is Holy Week and I thank God for the fact that the people of PC Nsoh-Bafut have committed themselves to erect a befitting Church house of worship for the Lord. My modest support is to accompany them and ensure that the Church house comes to existence soonest." Hon Agho Oliver said He has contributed about three tons of cement worth 300000 FCFA for a Church house that will finally witness take-off despite long standing challenges. The Member of Parliament for Bafut-Tubah has encouraged the community to work for the growth of the church and peaceful coexistence amongst the members.  The Paramount Fon of Bafut through a representative has eased tensions giving way for the Church house project to take-off.  "I am happy with for role the Bafut Traditional Council (BT

Palm Sunday: Christians called to sincere generosity like Jesus Christ

By Nfor Nkfu  Christian denominations around the world have begun observing what they call Holy Week. The observation started this Sunday 1 April 2023 with Palm Sunday believed to be the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.  Christians at St Paul's Catholic Church Ntakikah Nkwen on Palm Sunday  At St Paul Catholic Church in Ntakikah Nkwen, the Parish Priest invited his Christians to be selfless in all they do considering Jesus Christ as their example. Rev Fr Timothy Waindim noted that being a Christian is a journey for those who truly want to be like Jesus Christ.  At the St Pompilius, Rev Fr Jason Mulu, Parish Priest for St Michael's Catholic Church Futru Nkwen invited his Christian to be exemplary in their character and to observe the holy week with commitment and dedication.  Rev Fr Jason Mulu (in red) leading Palm Sunday Mass in Niboung Nkwen  "The Lord needs each one of us as he needed the donkey in today's reading.

World Day of Prayer 2023: Faith unites Catholics, Presbyterians, Baptists

By Bakah Derick Christians from different denominations have assembled in the St Michael's Catholic Church of Futru Nkwen to observe the 2023 edition of World Day of Prayer (WDP). The Christians from what is known as the Futru zone came from the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) and the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) with the objective of pushing the global agenda of Christian unity.  Reflecting on this year's them for the commemoration drawn from the Biblical book of Ephesians 1: 15-19, being 'I have heard about your faith' the Parish Priest of Futru indicated that as a Christian, the destination after life is of utmost importance and not necessarily which church you belong to. Rev Fr Jason Mulu challenge the many present to pray hard for Christianity unity considering the challenges the religion is facing in recent times while promotion ecumenism.  World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement that brings toget

Prophet Vicky Atanga: giving a new perspective to Church leadership

By Bakah Derick  Born in Bamenda Cameroon, Prophet Vicky Atanga is President of Let There be Light Church in Cameroon. He has provided spiritual direction to members of the church with seat in Bamenda since creation until recent when he decided to give it a new perspective.  Prophet Vicky Atanga in Vision Real Estate International outfit  The Church Leader and Servant of God Going by the directive of the one he serves; Jesus Christ when he said “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”, the pastor believes that in as much as his church members need the Word of God, it is important to work and be of service to humanity and as the leader, he has to be the light. It is within this frame work that Prophet Vicky Atanga has elected to set up several structures to finance his ministry and missionary activities.  Prophet Vicky Atanga on Missionary function  Beginning with Big Dream Services, the c