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JHIA encourages Jesuit authors (especially those in or from Africa and Madagascar) to donate a copy of their publications to the Institute for preservation. The following books reached JHIA recently:

The Way, the Truth and the Life

The Way_the_Truth_and_the_LifeThe Way, the Truth and the Life: A Confluence of Asia, Europe and Africa in Jesus of Nazareth, by Festo Mkenda SJ, Michael Amaladoss SJ, Gerard J. Hughes SJ, Laurenti Magesa, and Diane B. Stinton (Nairobi: Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa, 2017), vi + 194 pages. ISBN: 978-9966-1860-0-3.

Published as a souvenir in honour of Adolfo Nicolás SJ, former Superior General of the Jesuits, this book beautifully explores the different ways the traditions of Asia, Europe and Africa could contribute to a deeper understanding of Jesus as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Its point of departure is Nicolás’ severally repeated insight that, while Europe (or, more generally, the West) has placed an emphasis on “the truth,” Asian traditions are profoundly “way” traditions, and those of Africa are profoundly “life” traditions. In Nicholas’ view: What Asia has in abundance, Africa, Europe and the world in general are greatly in need of; what Europe has in abundance, Africa, Asia and the world in general are greatly in need of; and what Africa has in abundance, Asia, Europe and the world in general are greatly in need of. It follows that Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas—in short, each human culture and tradition—has a specific input which the Church must accept “if we want the fullness of Christ to be present” (Nicolás). In the end, we need the perspective of another if we really want to enrich our own knowledge of Christ. With Michael Amaladoss exploring the Asian contribution, Gerard J. Hughes, the Western, and Laurenti Magesa, the African, this book expands Nicolás’ insight to provide “incontestable rationale for the confluence of global epistemic, cultural and religious traditions at the service of a dignifying understanding and practice of spirituality” (A. E. Orobator SJ, President of the Conference of Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar).

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Un Chemin des Béatitudes

Un Chemin des BéatitudesUn Chemin des Béatitudes: Monseigneur Christophe MUNZIHIRWA, Jésuite, Évêque et Martyr de la paix, by Dieudonné Mbiribindi, S.J. (Kinshasa: Éditions Loyola, 2017), 191 pages; ISBN: 9995127036.

Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, S.J. (1926-1996) was born at Kabare in South Kivu in today’s Democratic Republic of Congo. He joined the Jesuits there, later became bishop of Kasongo, and, in 1995, was made archbishop of Bukavu. He was brutally murdered a year later, on October 29, 1996, on account of his relentless defence of justice, peace, and human rights in the midst of a conflict that engulfed his region and country. “This meditation on the life and personality of Mzee Christopher Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, S.J., comes at the right time. This is not only because his ‘little brother’ in the Society of Jesus, Dieudonné Mbiribindi Bahati, presents it to us at the moment when the wish, expressed by many at the time of his death, was "one day to see the dossier for his beatification introduced,” but also, and perhaps especially, because this cause has now been introduced under the pontificate of Pope Francis, who, like him, is a Jesuit and a bishop. Mzee Christophe Munzihirwa was a religious, a Jesuit priest and a bishop according to the heart of Pope Francis,” says Fr. José Minaku, S.J., Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Central Africa (from his preface, freely translated from French).

Missionary Martyrs

Missionary MartyrsMissionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1976-1988, by Ted Rogers, SJ

(Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2017), xiv + 215 pages; ISBN: 978-0-620-77626-4.

Conceptualized as an account of thirty Catholic missionaries who were brutally killed in Rhodesia (today’s Zimbabwe) between 1976 and 1988, Fr. Ted Rogers’ Missionary Martyrs could not have been timelier. The recent events that have seen former President Robert Mugabe reluctantly relinquish power expose us to the chequered and still highly contested history of Zimbabwe. Just who owns the country’s past? To the extent that claimants to the past occupy the present and arrogate to themselves the right to determine the future, war veterans, freedom fighters, and members of the Rhodesian security forces identify themselves with the honourable past. That remains the case until we are reminded that the past is dishonourable too. Missionary Martyrs succeeds in highlighting—albeit rudimentarily and somewhat repetitively—the honour and dishonour in in the history of Zimbabwe and in showing that the dishonour is yet to be accounted for, or claimed. Moreover, by choosing Missionary Martyrs for title, the author causes the reader to reconsider the meaning of martyrdom. Unlike the 2016 film Silence in which heroes and heroines of the faith opt for death rather than step on a manufactured image of Jesus, Missionary Martyrs simply chronicles ordinary lives of flesh-and-blood mortals who were deeply scared of the environment in which they operated. Yet, that they chose to stay on because of their faith-inspired love for the people they served remains beyond dispute. “They stayed on” is the central and recurrent theme of Missionary Martyrs.

Laudato Si’ Made Simple

Laudato Si Made SimpleLaudato Si’ Made Simple, by Peter Knox SJ, Ingrid Vorner SA, Dominic Irudayaraj SJ, Laurenti Magesa DP, Wilfred Sumani SJ, and Joachim Zoundi SJ (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2017), 32 pages. ISBN: 9966-60-060-0.

The format of this booklet follows that of its precursor—The Joy of Love Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity (2016). Chapter by chapter the authors summarize and rephrase Pope Francis’ message so that the main ideas are covered. Then they select some important quotations from the chapter, which the reader might find helpful for starting a conversation with friends or colleagues. At the end of each chapter they propose one or two activities that the reader might like to try out: applying the message to the reader’s own context while alone or in a group discussion, or contemplating the beauty of creation around the reader, or using the reader’s imagination, or exploring a Biblical story more deeply, or trying to understand a complex idea from Catholic Social Thought.

HIV and AIDS in Africa

HIV and AIDS in AfricaHIV and AIDS in Africa: Christian Reflection, Public Health, Social Transformation, edited by Jacquineau Azetsop, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016), xxiii + 424 pages. ISBN: 978-1-62698-200-0.

A comprehensive look at the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Africa, this important volume features contributions from noted experts from across the continent and also includes contributions from several prominent American scholars. HIV and AIDS both continue to spread in Africa and in some regions have become a threat to the very survival of nations. This book offers a number of perspectives on the crisis—theological, sociological, public health, and more. It is a valuable resource for social analysis and theological reflection from an African perspective. Emmanuel Katongole (University of Notre Dame) has described it as “a must-have and a must-read by every scholar, priest, social worker, pastoral agent, and anyone seeking to understand Africa’s journey of pain and hope, and the faith that sustains that journey.” For Mary N. Getui (Catholic University of Eastern Africa, former chairperson of National AIDS Control Council, Kenya), the book is a “comprehensive, interdisciplinary, rich and mind-jostling…beacon of hope as well as a wakeup call that challenges individuals and institutions within and outside Africa concerning HIV and AIDS on the continent.”

The Joy of Love Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity

The Joy of Love Made Simple The Joy of Love Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity, edited by Wilfred Sumani, S.J. and Peter Knox, S.J. (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2016), 47 pages. ISBN: 9966-60-020-2.

This book is envisaged as a contribution from Hekima University College (Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations) to the pastoral methodology of Amoris Laetitia, and to help the Church in Africa to fully embrace Pope Francis’s methodology. The format of the book is simple: it identifies the core themes, outlines pastoral implications and cites key quotes to assist readers understand and apply the message of the apostolic exhortation. As a pastoral guide, it is intended to be easily accessible, digestible and applicable. The primary target audience is comprised of pastors, Christian couples, youth and lay Christians.








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