“Pope Francis’s Encyclical Fratelli Tutti is particularly addressed to the people of God in Cameroon. In this important document, the Pope calls on us to be our brother’s keeper,” he further said, adding, “If truly we are our brother’s keeper, we must protect them, respect them, and avoid any form of violence.”
For the President of NECC, if Fratelli Tutti is applied in Cameroon, and put into practice by all Cameroonians, there will not be any violence and bloodshed.
All the crises witnessed today, Bishop Kome said, are a result of the refusal to accept each other as brothers and sisters.
A better understanding of the Encyclical and its application in day-to-day interactions will restore peace in Cameroon and especially in families, the Local Ordinary of Cameroon’s Bafang Diocese observed.
“When the culture of fraternity is implanted in our families, it can easily be spread in our society. On this point, we are counting on the small Christian communities to help spread this renewed fraternity especially in the troubled regions of our country,” the Bishop said.
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On his part, the Vice President of NECC, Archbishop Andrew Nkea, observed, in an interview with ACI Africa, that owing to the challenges of COVID-19, coupled with the conflict in some regions of Cameroon, the Church in the country needs “to rediscover the love of Christ in our fellow brothers and sisters,” hence the concern raised about fraternity by the Bishops who are meeting in the country.
“Given Modernism, materialism, violence has gripped the whole world and we think that it is time for our conference to be able to adapt itself and have a different view and a different way of looking at things so that the episcopal conference of Cameroon can be relevant to the subjects that are being treated today, to the reality we are living both in Cameroon and in the world,” the Archbishop told ACI Africa.
He added, “The Holy Father Pope Francis published the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti in which he emphasized on universal brotherhood and we think that if there is war, fighting, and crises everywhere, it is because of the lack of brotherhood.”
“We are all brothers and sisters and we have to protect the life of each other. And if we protect the life of each other, we care for each other, then there will not be fighting, there will not be egoism and there will not be exploitation,” the Archbishop of Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese said.
Highlighting the situation of the crisis in the country, Archbishop Nkea said the people of God in Cameroon are experiencing “relative” calm.
“For some time now, we have been living in relative calm and activities gradually returning to normal but we still have cases of violence and bloodshed,” he said.
He explained in recollection, “We recall the recent killing of five people in Matazem and the explosion on a convoy that also left five people dead.”
“I want to condemn in the strongest terms this violence and appeal to the perpetrators to change from the evil ways,” Archbishop Nkea said, adding, “We renew calls for dialogue for true peace to return in the Anglophone regions.”