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OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2014 Newsletter

Hail and farewell

Bishop Ellison’s appointments and the return of two priests to Senegal
BISHOP Robert Ellison has appointed two newly-arrived missionary priests to serve in the Diocese of Banjul. The newcomers are Fr Joseph K. Fynn CSSp, from Ghana, who is to be Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Basse, and Fr Godwin Nnadgiza MSP, from Nigeria, who is be Assistant Priest at Holy Spirit, Banjul. In other appointments, Fr Michael Gomez CSSp is to be Parish Priest at St Peter’s Parish Lamin. Fr Peter Jammeh CSSp, is to be Parish Priest at Sacred Heart, Bansang. Fr Yenes Manneh, formerly at St Augustine’s Senior Secondary School, is to be Priest at Christ the King, Dasilami. Fr Matthew Mendy, formerly at Bwiam, is to be Parish Priest at St Martin’s, Kartong.

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Ebola

What we should all know EBOLA is a disease caused by an ebola virus. Symptoms start two days to three
weeks after the virus has been contacted. The symptoms are fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Typically, vomitting, diarrhoea and rash follow, with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally. The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal. Spreading through the air has not been documented in the natural environment. Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the virus without being affected.

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Sin, suffering and hope

EVER since the advent of regular newspapers in the 18th century much of the news has been ‘bad news’ – stories of conflict, corruption, assassination, scandal. What is it that so fascinates us about ‘bad guys’, rather than ‘good guys’? With the coming of radio and television in the 20th century the daily news output of gloom and doom intensified. And of course in our own high-tech age bad news flashes across the world in seconds: a suicide bomb somewhere in Asia, say, is broadcast round the world in next-to-no-time. So much bad news every day can be depressing. Problems in plenty in our own continent – in the Central African Republic, for example: in Libya, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria; not to mention, elsewhere

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AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2014 Newsletter

Our very own Sang Marie

THE FEAST of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on 15th August throughout the universal Church.
It is a Holy Day of Obligation, when no Catholic should wilfully miss taking part in the Mass. But this doesn’t need to be underlined in The Gambia, where the Catholic Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, who is Patron of the Diocese of Banjul.

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Gambian pilgrims in Israel in 2010

GAMBIAN pilgrims are to visit Israel and Egypt from 8th to 22nd October. In the Holy Land they will visit holy sites at
Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, Bethany and Jericho. The visit to Mount Sinai will be the second made by Gambian pilgrims. The pilgrims will be led by Fr Peter Lopez – the fourth time that he has fulfilled this role. In previous years, pilgrims have been led

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Priests and sisters consider 'The joy of the Gospel'

PRIESTS, reverend sisters and lay people gathered at GPI on Friday 27th June to mark the end of the Pastoral Year 2013-14.
Led by Bishop Robert Ellison, the day began with Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Fr Joseph Carl Gomez spoke on his experiences in The Gambia and Dafur as Catholic Chaplain to the Gambia Armed Forces.

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EASTER MESSAGE 2014 By Most Reverend Robert P. Ellison CSSp

A. The stories of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead as told by the four evangelists differ quite considerably. None of them attempt to give a clear historical account of what happened during the forty days between Easter Sunday and the Ascension of our Lord

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Brother Dismas - Nazareth Hermitage

I am a Canonical Penitent Hermit of Divine Mercy in the Diocese of Banjul, The Gambia. As a hermit, my life is
dedicated to prayer, contemplation and caring for the sick poor who come to the hermitage daily. My personal rule of life

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APPOINTMENTS / TRANSFERS SEPTEMBER 2013

Fr. Peter S. LOPEZ: Director, Gambia Pastoral Institute. Fr. Peter GOMEZ: P.P., Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kanifing Estate. Fr. Jean Noel FAYE: P.P., St. Peter's Parish, Lamin. Fr. Aime Joseph COLLEY: P.P., Mary, Mother of God Parish, Soma.

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