Mamfe, 23 October, 2019 / 11:16 pm (ACI Africa).
In the footsteps of Saint John Paul II who called for a year dedicated to the Virgin Mary in 1987, Mamfe diocese in the southwest region of Cameroon recently launched a Marian Year for Peace to give Christians the opportunity to give special honor to Our Lady, seeking her maternal intercession for peace to return in the Anglophone regions faced with a three-year conflict.
“We need to start praying for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Fatima for the end of this war, for the end of this crisis,” Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Mamfe told ACI Africa Tuesday, October 22, referencing the yearlong prayer session, which he officially launched October 13.
The launch was marked by a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Mboka, in the outskirts of Mamfe.
“It was a very big celebration, practically all the parishes were represented. And we just prayed the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary after which we had a concelebrated mass with all the priests of the diocese in attendance to pray for peace,” the Local Ordinary of Mamfe recounted to ACI Africa in Nairobi where he is attending a continental conference on trauma among Church personnel.
Recalling how the ongoing crisis in Cameroon started in his diocese, Bishop Nkea said, “Mamfe was the first place that they (military) started shooting and burning houses and because of that we have been very much involved in the activities of the crisis.”