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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saint Michael 2015

Saint Michael 2015
Last Sunday we celebrated in advance the patron saint of the parish, St. Michael. On Saturday afternoon we made a small procession with the statue of St. Michael: his presence continues to protect and to fight against evil. Sunday morning, despite an exceptional rain, the church is overcrowded. The Mass is quite animated. Fr. Arland is the celebrant. He is a Carmelite priest, a native of Bozoum. In the afternoon the young people of the parish, with Fr.Enrico, organize fun time with some games, tournaments and competitions including the contest for the best "hairdressing"!
Monday is the great day: back to school! At the Mission of Bozoum the educational work is huge. Approximately 1,510 children are in school every day: kindergarten (150), elementary school (750), Middle and High School (250), women's promotion center (30), Centre for Literacy (110) and the Centre orphans “Arc en Ciel” (220)! So on Monday we re-opened the school doors. All kids, all boys and girls were joyfully ready to face the school, that here, in Central Africa, isn’t something obvious.
On Tuesday I resume my travels. At 1.00 pm I’m in Baoro, but I leave immediately because of the road toward Bouar it is in a very bad condition not to mention the convoys of trucks which often block it. I manage to go ahead, but my guardian angels had to sweat more than usual. Around evening I reach our convent of St. Elias, where seven young people receive the Carmelite habit. It’s the beginning of the Novitiate, a year of intense religious experience in a Friars Community. I spend two days, Wednesday and Thursday, busy with meetings with different people:  NGOs, etc., for the commitment of Caritas and Justice and Peace. Thursday afternoon I leave to reach Baoro, where I spend the night, and on Friday morning I drive to Bozoum, under a beautiful rain!
And now the latest updates about Hyppolite! He is finally out of the hospital, living in Savona, lovely welcomed and cared by mom Emanuela and by Alessandra, together with many friends and persons of good will. Wednesday he traveled to Cuneo, to take part at University Campus of Cuneo, on the occasion of the graduation and the tenth anniversary of the Faculty of Economics.
This is what Alessandra writes: “Hyppolite is doing fine. No therapy. He goes two times a week at the hospital for the medication of the wound which at present is healing.  Doctor Anselmo told us that later on he could undergo another antibiotic therapy which can be done at home. Doctor Anselmo also has been in touch with specialists from Bologna but even they think that nothing can be done for a surgery. As for now we stay confident. In the future we can still think about another specialized Center. We'll see”.

Primo pasto al centro orfani ARC EN CIEL
Premier jour au Centre pour orphelins ARC EN CIEL

i 7 novizi

Hyppolite e famiglia (e amici) al Baramò di Madonna dell'Olmo (Cuneo)

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