Bishop Bibi Turns 50! Let them say. By Lambert Mbom.

Birthday anniversaries are milestones that set markers on one’s life trajectory. Fifty is such a golden age and a time...
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Bishop Bibi Turns 50! Let them say. By Lambert Mbom.

Euro 2020: Blacks in the European Nations’ Cup by Lambert Mbom.

The 2020 European Nations' soccer jamboree enters its second phase today with the knock off round of 16. Given Europe’s...
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Euro 2020: Blacks in the European Nations’ Cup by Lambert Mbom.

African Development Bank Group Holds 2022 Annual Meetings in Ghana: AfDB has delivered for Africa! By Lambert Mbom

The 57th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank and the 48th meeting of the African Development Fund (ADF), the...
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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Draws! By Lambert Mbom

  Today’s draws shall have the eight groups named horizontally from A to H. Tier one shall be all the...
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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Which African Teams shall qualify – My Predictions. By Lambert Mbom

#Algeria, #Nigeria, #Senegal, #Morocco and #Tunisia are the five teams that shall today qualify for the five spots reserved for...
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Which African Soccer Giants Will Qualify for World Cup 2022? By Lambert Mbom

Ten African soccer giants shall compete over the next five days for the five spots reserved to Africa for the...
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Religious Freedom in Africa at The International Religious Freedom Summit July 13 – July 2021. By Lambert Mbom.

Washington D.C. -- According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom 2021 Report released last April 2021, Eritrea...
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Religious Freedom in Africa at The International Religious Freedom Summit July 13 – July 2021. By Lambert Mbom.

Why I am rooting for England against Italy in Euro 2020 Final? By Lambert Mbom

In a few hours, the Euro 2020 will be in the history books when Italy meets with England. And not...
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Why I am rooting for England against Italy in Euro 2020 Final? By Lambert Mbom

Paul Tizibong Atang honors Msgr. Patrick Lafon’s legacy. By Lambert Mbom

Three months after the passing to eternity of Msgr. Patrick Lafon, American business magnate and philanthropist, Paul Atang recently donated...
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Paul Tizibong Atang honors Msgr. Patrick Lafon’s legacy. By Lambert Mbom

Msgr. Patrick Lafon: Priest, Prophet & Philosopher! Rest in Peace! By Lambert Mbom.

There is no shortage of models of the priesthood who inspire young men to become priests and if I could...
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Bishop Bibi Turns 50! Let them say. By Lambert Mbom.

Bishop Bibi Turns 50! Let them say. By Lambert Mbom.

Birthday anniversaries are milestones that set markers on one’s life trajectory. Fifty is such a golden age and a time for great celebrations. While such celebrations seem perfunctory, they carry immense significance. It is a celebration of life, of a journey and of...

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Draws! By Lambert Mbom

  Today’s draws shall have the eight groups named horizontally from A to H. Tier one shall be all the teams in Pot 1, Tier two shall be teams in Pot 2, Tier three shall be all the teams in Pot 3 and Tier four shall be the teams in Pot four. Teams have been...

Let’s Celebrate African Women! By Lambert Mbom

March is often celebrated as Women’s History Month. March 8th is International Women’s day and I decided to celebrate this month by writing profiles of 31 African immigrant women across different disciplines whom I could showcase to my daughters as role models. I...

Adieu Fr Joseph Ngah Mbiydzenyuy: Someone Beautiful for God!

Last Saturday or thereabouts, my friend Jude Ozughen and I reminisced of encounters with Fr Joseph Ngah. He recounted for the umpteenth time a story he has often told of the impact of priests in his life. Growing up in Ndop, at the time Fr Joseph Ngah served there,...

St. Joseph: Artisan of Peace.

Every year, the Catholic Church celebrates the World Day of Peace on January 1. In his message for the celebration of 2021, the 54th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invites Christians “to cultivate a culture of care as a path to peace.” The Holy Father proposes the...

January 2021: “With a Father’s heart!”

It is with the words “With a father’s heart” that Pope Francis opens his Apostolic letter celebrating the anniversary of the proclamation of St Joseph, as Patron of the Universal Church. The pope seems to be answering a question which he does not tell us. His answer...

World Mental Health Day 2018

This year's theme focused on "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World." Teen suicide rates in the United States of America are on the rise. This is a strange phenomenon among Africans . Last June the Cameroon Community of the D.C. area was in shock when a...

Book Review: The Mysterious Ways of God. By Lambert Mbom

After ten years as a priest of the diocese of Buea, Cameroon, part of which he served as Editor-in-chief of Catholic Panorama, (a monthly publication of the diocese of Buea) Fr Wilfred Emeh explored missionary endeavors in the United States landing first in Maryland,...

Rev Fr Jaap Nielen: Rest in Perfect Peace! By Lambert Mbom

I spent the school year 1996/1997 gaining pastoral experience at St Gabriel’s parish Bafmeng. During that year, late Archbishop Verdzekov came on pastoral visit. One of the surprising guests who showed up to welcome the archbishop was the Ardo (the community leader of...

Who is thankful for me? By Lambert Mbom

It is yet another celebration of “Thanksgiving” in the United States arguably the most American of all holidays. It is an eminently “familial” event. Family reunions are the staple and in fact the highest common factor that characterize the celebration. It is food,...

Celebrating Lent in the Year of Mercy. By Lambert Mbom

Lent 2016 is here. It is 15 days old. It came in quite early. Did we not just celebrate Christmas? Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. But everything points to Easter, the culmination of our Christian faith. This year’s celebration of Lent has an added...

Visiting the sick in the Year of Mercy by Lambert Mbom

The Basilica of the National Shrine – last Tuesday launched its 2016 Speaker and Event Series with a splendid lecture on “Compassion - The Thirst of God: Visiting the sick as a work of mercy” by Msgr. Brian Bransfield, recently elected General Secretary of the United...

Walk With Francis: Pope Francis in the US by Lambert Mbom

In 30 days’ time, Pope Francis will be in the US on an official and pastoral visit that will bring him to Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia. Ahead of this visit, the archdiocese of Washington D.C. launched a “Walk with Francis” project that invites Christians...

ABCs of the Solemnity of the Assumption by Lambert Mbom.

On August 15 every year, the universal Catholic Church gathers in prayer to celebrate the fact that “The most Blessed Virgin Mary when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven where she already shares in the...

Intercommunion: A Few Clarifications by Lambert Mbom.

May I preface my remarks by observing that Holy Communion also known as the Holy Eucharist, altar sacrament (excuse the pidgin) is one of those hot potato issues along side Mary, Scriptures, the priesthood among others. It is in the spirit of the Year of the Faith...

Fatherhood: Gift and Task by Lambert Mbom.

Last week, I stopped by my tax preparer’s office not to file taxes given the tax season is over but amendments are always there. Throughout the time I spent there, the gentleman kept pondering aloud what he could present in his Christian community that captures the...

Habemus Papam – Pope Francis – Deo Gratias by Lambert Mbom

The suspense is over! Now we have a Pope – Habemus Papam - Franciscum erstwhile Jorge Mario Bergoglio – Blessed is he, a Jesuit, from Argentina, South America who comes in the name of the Lord – Let us rejoice and be glad! But what are we to make of this choice? First...

Temptations of the Christmas Season by Lambert Mbom.

These are not what you are thinking. If one were to do a quick survey of what the greatest temptations of Christmas are, the laundry list that would ensue will include temptations to indulge in passions – excess food, booze and sex. In short, it is the temptation to...

Advent in the Year of Faith – Random Musings. By Lambert Mbom

Last October, Pope Benedict XVI officially launched the Year of the faith – a year in which Catholics are challenged to a “New Evangelization.” For some of us, it simply means a return to doctrine class. Truth be told, for many of us doctrine beyond the preparatory...

What is African about the African Nations’ Cup? By Lambert Mbom.

In under a few days, soccer teams of 16 African nations will gather in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea for the biennial African Cup of Nations competition from Jan. 21 – Feb. 5 2012. Aside from the fact that some of Africa's best teams such as Egypt (current cup holders),...

Herbert Boh on Eric Chinje’s Achievements.

  Why such a grandiose send off  for Eric Chinje? Herbert Boh: Eric was leaving and the fact that our community does too many of these events where they celebrate people only when they are dead. Every time someone dies, people gather and talk so much about how he...

My Five Minutes Chat with Eric Chinje by Lambert Mbom.

  Last December 11, 2011, Cameroonian World Bank-IMF Staff Association (CAMWISA) hosted a farewell dinner at the Hamptons Conference Center, Largo for an illustrious colleague, Eric Chinje who was leaving the World Bank after twenty years of service and moving...

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Catholics and devotion to Mary by Lambert Mbom

One of the first and obvious criticisms often leveled against Catholics is their devotion to Mary. Catholics are accused of deifying Mary. Some think of Mary as a Catholic goddess given the titles accorded her, statues erected in her honor and the slavish attachment...

Prayer II: Praying with and through Saints by Lambert Mbom

It would seem that praying to God directly and praying through intermediaries are diametrically opposed. Christ is unequivocal in his teaching: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (Jn14:6) Our only pass to God is in...

Almsgiving: How much have we lent to God? By Lambert Mbom

I believe that the true measure of “the what” of Lent resonates in “the how much” – a quantifiable entity. It is no accident that this season is called lent, literally the past tense of “to lend.” The single element that defines the meaning of the passion and death of...

Fasting as I see it. By Lambert Mbom.

Fasting is a common enough practice that very few are oblivious of its meaning. The more popular version of fasting is that which makes of God kind of a soda machine where one puts in money and then “bam, bam” rolls down the soda of one’s choice. For those of us...

Lent – My Desert Experience. By Lambert Mbom

I returned home on Ash Wednesday with ash on my forehead and beamed to the question: what is that? It is ash from Church. Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, I responded. Only Catholics have that, right, asked my wife who happens to be...

The Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum Presents: Civil Society-Military Relations and Human Security Tuesday, March 08 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Venue: Johns Hopkins SAIS Nitze Building, Kenny Auditorium 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20036 In...

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? By Lambert Mbom.

For Catholics, Christmas is not just a day but also a season, which lasts until the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. Hence, the Christmas season this time around runs from December 25, 2010 – Sunday January 9, 2011. Even though this reflection would have been...

Interview with Ann Olsen Schodde and Dr David Roe by Lambert Mbom.

In an interview with Anne Olsen Schodde, President and CEO of USCCD she defined Citizen Diplomacy as “the engagement of individual American citizens in primarily voluntary, private sector programs and activities that increase cross-cultural understanding and knowledge...

The AIDS Dilemma and the Condom Conundrum. By Lambert Mbom

Every year we celebrate December 1st as World Aids day. In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comments on condoms, it is just appropriate to venture a few comments on such a hot potato. It would be presumptuous on my part how ever to make any claim on...

Enviro loo – The Panacea to Our Toilet Needs

There seems to be some consensus that the toilet is the true indicator to a truly clean home for those homes that have the luxury of having one. I have grown up seeing and using different types of toilets in Cameroon. In fact, it would make for an interesting read...

Bernard Nsokika Fonlon: Epitome of the Ex Major Seminarian

The reality of ex seminarianhood is one that is becoming quite common in the local Church Province of Bamenda. When in the summer of 1999, Archbishop emeritus Paul Verdzekov of blessed memory gave me six months’ leave twice every year from my labyrinthine pilgrimage...

International Aid and Development Forum: Where is Africa?             If anyone doubts the tantalizing effect of this economy, I can testify first hand having gone for close to two months without a pay check. In a bid to escape the scorching heat of being unemployed...