Last Friday I continued with my commitments in Bangui in view of the project of building a new Carmelite convent. While Enrico Massone was busy with bricks, with the purpose to carry out a particular kind of roof that we would like using in the new construction, together with the Provincial and the architect, Giovanni Grossi Bianchi, I go to visit the Archbishop of Bangui, Mons. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, a man of God who did so much for the peace in Central Africa Republic.
It is He who Pope Francis chose as Cardinal, as announced last Sunday. Great surprise! It is the first cardinal appointed in Central Africa Republic, and the first Central African Cardinal! We are so happy, and also somewhat proud! Really in the Church Central Africa has one of the top positions ... just as the Gospel teaches!
On Saturday, with Fr.Giustino, Fr.Davide Sollami and Giovanni Grossi Bianchi I'm back in Bozoum. We left at 5:30am, and at 12:30pm we are in Bozoum. I have just the time to show them the new church, and then I need to go to bed because malaria strikes again!
On Sundays I rest, while Fr.Enrico celebrates the Mass. The Provincial is very pleased of the new church ... almost a Cathedral!
On Wednesday we receive an important visit! Italy's Ambassador to Cameroon and the Italian vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mario Giro, come to visit us. We take a tour among the various schools the Savings Bank, the Orphans Centre and then ... I prepare pizza for everyone!
These days the work of the church is going on. We are making the floors, painting, preparing furniture and benches. A young artist, who I know since long ago, Charlemagne Laprang, is painting the saint apostles.
La grande Bellezza. The Great Beauty!
|particolare di costruzione della volta a Bangui|
détails de construction de la voute à Bangui
|Il nuovo Cardinale di Bangui|
Le Nouveau Cardinal de Bangui
|L'Ambasciatrice ed il Vice Ministro in visita alla Scuola di Alfabetizzazione di Bozoum|