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Papa Francesco - Pasqua 2014

The Way of the Cross is lived on a daily basis in many parts of the world. Particularly worth mentioning is the very sad and grave situation existing at the moment in Syria where about 150.000 lives are already lost without any sign of a possible solution in the near future. The Cross of Christ is the symbol of a sacrificial love of a merciful God who chose to redeem us, not with weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms but by pouring out the blood of his Only Begotten Son in order to restore us to the full dignity of the children of God and to enable us to enjoy the fullness of life in Him.

The Pastoral with the cross on it offered by the inmates of the prison in Sanremo, Italy, used by Pope Francis on Palm Sunday is a reminder of our Christian vocation and mission as disciples of the Crucified and Risen Lord that the Cross of Jesus is a living reality that we encounter every day in various places and situations of life and that we are called to accompany our most needy brethren in their own way of the cross, especially by instilling in them faith over fear, hope over desperation and love over rejection and hatred.

As we relive the Paschal Mystery in these days, let us join our holy Founder in appropriating the profound truth of his mystical prayer: “May all my life be destroyed and may the life of our Lord Jesus alone be my life” (OOCC X, p.618). May we be led to a profound experience of the infinite love and mercy of God, manifested by the Crucified and Risen Lord.

Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC
Rector General

The Community at the Generalate in Rome wishes each one of you
the Peace of the Risen Lord!

Christ is Risen indeed, Alleluia.

Pope Francis, on Palm Sunday, used a pastoral made out of olive wood and beech offered ​​by the inmates of the prison in Sanremo, Italy. The pastoral ends at the top with the cross and is engraved with the coat of arms of the Pope, carved by some of the prison inmates working for the  Carpentry workshop of the Cooperative society called the "Way" which involves the insertion of prisoners in the world of work.

Let us pray for our deceased Confreres Print
  • Fr. Ernst-Paul Rummel (CJ), Germany, born on 22.03.1917;  First Consecration on 01.05.1939; Priestly Ordination on 15.08.1947; he died on 15.04.2014.
  • Fr. Leonard Wołoszyk (PN), Poland, born on 10.06.1926;  First Consecration on 05.07.1953; Priestly Ordination on 11.06.1959; he died on 11.04.2014.
Fr. Bruno Ateba nominated Bishop of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon Print

Mons. Bruno Ateba

Pope Francis, with the letter dated 3 April 2014, has nominated Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo SAC,  Regional Rector of the Most Holy Trinity Region of Cameroon and Nigeria, Bishop of the diocese of Maroua- Mokolo, Cameroon. Fr. Bruno Ateba was born in 1964 at Zoételé, Cameroon, made his first consecration in 1989 and was ordained priest in 1995. After his studies in Pastoral Theology in our Hochschule in Vallendar, Germany, he was appointed Rector of the Basilica of Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, Yaoundé. The new Region of the Most Holy Trinity was erected by the General Council on 5 November 2008 and Fr. Bruno was elected the first Regional Rector of this Region. Currently he has been exercising his office as Regional Rector for a second term.

The year 2014 is particularly significant for the Pallottines in Cameroon since we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Bishop Heinrich Vieter, founder of the Pallottine mission in Cameroon, about 125 years of the foundation of the Catholic Church in this country by the Pallottines and 50 years of the return of the German Pallottines to Cameroon. We celebrate also the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the second Pallottine Bishop in Cameroon, Msgr Franz Henemann. Hence the appointment of Fr. Bruno Ateba as Bishop in Cameroon can be considered as a very special gift of the Holy Father to the Society and the entire Pallottine Family on this occasion. We remain deeply grateful to the Holy Father and wish Fr. Bruno Ateba abundant blessings of God.

Maroua-Mokolo1We are aware that the responsibility of Fr. Bruno Ateba will be very challenging just as we have got the news that two priests from Italy and one religious sister from Canada have been kidnapped today from the very diocese of Marous-Mokolo. We pray for their safe return.

May Mary, Queen of Apostles, Patroness  of Cameroon as well as the Union of Catholic Apostolate and our holy Founder, St. Vincent Pallotti accompany and guide him in the exercise of his ministry as Bishop. We extend our hearty congratulations and prayerful good wishes to our dear confrere, Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo.

Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC
Rector General

Nomination of the Rector General as member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life Print

Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SACPope Francis, through a letter dated 25 February 2014, has nominated Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for a period of five years. We  express our deepest gratitude to the Holy Father for this special gift to the Society and the entire Pallottine Family. This nomination is particularly significant since the Holy Father has dedicated 2015 “to Year of Consecrated Life”. This significant and historical event is certainly another sign of the  recognition of the Pallottine charism by the Universal Church and is also, at the same time, a challenge to the entire Pallottine Family  “to revive faith and rekindle charity” in our own lives as well as in the entire Church, always in the spirit of the Gospel. The Pallottine Family expresses its joy and congratulations to the Rector General and assures our prayerful support for his new responsibility in service of the Universal Church.

Assembly of the French Region "Mercy of God" (FR) Print


The Regional Assembly of the Mercy of God Region took place at Montmorency, in France from February 23rd-26th.  Besides the members of the Region: Fr. François Harelimana, as Delegate for the Rector General, Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo, then Regional of the Holy Trinity Region (CN), recently nominated Bishop of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon by Pope Francis; Fr. Zenon Hanas, First Consultor of Christ the King Province (WA), attended. The first day was given to a spiritual retreat preached by Fr. François Harelimana. The eight confreres of the Holy Trinity Region (CN) and the two members of the Holy Family Region (SF) working in France in close collaboration with the Mercy of God Region were invited.

On the final day of the Assembly, the Bishop of Pontoise, Mons. Stanislas Lalano shared with those present his view of the Church's situation in France and his expectations. The Pallottine Missionary Sisters who work in France were present at this conference and at the concluding Mass. The Regional Rector Fr. Alexandre Pietrzyk expressed his satisfaction at how the Assembly had proceeded and reaffirmed the desire of the French Region to collaborate with other Pallottine entities.

Official Visits of the General Regime and Provincial/Regional Assemblies in the coming months Print
  • Official visitation to the St Nicholas of Flue Province (CH): from April 28th-May 10th 2014. Fr Jacob Nampudakam and Fr Martin Manus will engage the visitation.
    Regional Assembly of the 'Holy Trinity' Region (CN) will take place from 22-25th April 2014 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  • Provincial Assembly of 'St Nicholas of Flue' Province will be held on April 29th 2014 in Gossau, Switzerland.
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