Bamenda and Portsmouth News

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Our brothers and sisters in Bamenda Archdiocese are continuing to suffer in the current socio-political crisis. Human rights atrocities are occurring on a daily basis and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. 
Our friends are asking for:
1) Our prayers;
2) Increased international awareness and political pressure to call for a peaceful resolution to the troubles and
3) Financial help for the work of the Ad Hoc Committee which has been set up to respond to the humanitarian need.
Please see our template letter - could you send it to your local MP to raise awareness? You can look up your local MP from this link
Alternatively see our poster - could you display it somewhere or respond to it yourself?



6th March 2019 - Archbishop Cornelius and Bishop Bibi write on the sacredness of human life at the beginning of this Lenten season 

"When human beings forget about their sacredness and dignity, they consequently often behave as irrational beings and become a prey to one another. This seems to be the case in the situation in which we now find ourselves. Since the beginning of the crisis of the Anglophone Problem …. there has been increasing and rampant profanation and disrespect of human life and the dignity of the human person.... Life seems to be valueless and meaningless. The question on every lip is: what is life?"  Click here for the full Pastoral Letter


18th December 2018 - A letter from Archbishop Cornelius

A letter has been received from Archbishop Cornelius with attachments setting out the work the Church is carrying out during the crisis in the Anglophone region and Bamenda in particular.
The Portsmouth and Bamenda Committee is  looking at further ways of assisting during these difficult times .In the meantime people may wish to consider making a donation (see donation button ) or gift aiding.  Read the letter

4th November 2018 - Bamenda Sunday

We prayed for Archbishop Cornelius, the clergy and people of our sister Diocese in Cameroon, the Archdiocese of Bamenda. We also had a second collection, for all the projects and support our Diocese wishes to give to the Church in Bamenda.  Bishop Philip said the 10 am Mass in the Cathedral and blessed a commemorative plaque to mark Archbishop Cornelius’s 35th anniversary of ordination as a bishop.

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A message from Bishop Michael from Bamenda to Portsmouth Diocese on Bamenda Sunday, November 2018



Bishop Philip Egan visit to Kumbo, February 2018  

Before he became the Archbishop of Bamenda, Archbishop Cornelius was the Bishop of Kumbo where he worked tirelessly building up the Church in that place and not least renovating the beautiful cathedral in Kumbo. Whilst staying with the Archbishop in Bamenda, I wanted to see Kumbo in part for these reasons but also in order to visit the Stella Matutina sisters who have a community there. It was quite a journey – you can get a sense of it from this brief video, taken from the Archbishop’s jeep! Whilst in Kumbo we also met the Piarist Fathers and we went to a major regional hospital run by the Franciscan sisters, with a recently opened cardiac unit. There were a couple of priests in hospital whom we went to see and pray with. We also went over to the very first church built in that region and to the Minor Seminary, which is full of students.  It was a long day, punctuated by a nice lunch in the Bishop’s Residence, but a beautiful journey through the highlands and along the famous Ring Road.
Meanwhile, please pray for the mission of the Church in Cameroon at this time, and also for our own Bamenda priests serving here in our Diocese, as well as the mission of the Church here in our very different – and difficult - cultural context.




Bishop Michael Bibi visits the Diocese for Bamenda Sunday, November 2017

Bishop Michael Bibi

Bishop Michael Bibi, Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda, our Twin Diocese, spent a few days in the Diocese in the run up to Bamenda Sunday, 5th November. Our Diocese has been ‘twinned’ with Bamenda for over forty years.


He first paid a visit to Corpus Christi, Wokingham where he celebrated Mass with Fr David O’Sullivan on both the Feast day of All Saints and on All Souls Day.


Corpus Christi parish have said that it was wonderful to welcome him to their parish and how he enjoyed celebrating the All Saints Mass with the children of St Teresa’s School and meeting them afterwards.


Read more about his visit here






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