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Recent Publications by Jesuits in Africa

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 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.

Le Superleadership

le superleadershipLe Superleadership: Par le dépouillement et l’amitié (Jn 3:30), by Wilfrid Kolorunko Okambawa, S.J. (Dakar: Lux Africæ, 2016), 226 pages. ISBN: 979-10-93302-03-4.

At a time of global crisis of leadership, the author believes, every human person is called to be a leader. Yet the true leadership still remains the least shared thing in the world, he argues, because it is dominated by the will of might and the idolatry of power, instead of authority that is placed at the service of the least. Contrary to common opinion, this book examines the declaration of John the Baptist about Jesus—“He must increase and I must decrease” (Jn 3:30)—with a view to establishing and developing leadership by detachment and friendship, which is quite out of the ordinary and which reverses the “values of this world.” That is the leadership that our current world, especially Africa, needs in order to build communities in preparation for the advent of the kingdom of justice, love and peace.

Migration In and Out of Africa

Migration in and out of africaMigration In and Out of Africa: Jesuits Ministry Outlook, edited by Rigobert Minani Bihuzo, S.J. (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2015), 136 pages. ISBN: 9966-08-966-7.

This book contains a number of essays by Jesuits from Africa and Europe, who reflect on the challenge posed by migration today. They enrich the collection by contextualizing their reflections. The objective of the whole exercise was to share information and experience, consider the particular challenges in different areas of Africa and Europe, define priorities, actions and processes, and establish networks that would facilitate an effective global response. The book itself highlights different aspects of Jesuit work in the field, from solidarity with migrants to research on the structural causes of migration and to advocacy for policy responses to the identified challenges. The book also proposes alternatives to current repressive policies, showing instead that more open policies that recognize basic rights of migrants would be beneficial to all.


the polish mission of luangwaKatondwe: The Polish Mission of Luangwa in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), translated by Jan Kielbasa, S.J., and edited by Edward P. Murphy, S.J. (Lusaka: Jesuit Archives, 2016), 284 pages, with some illustrations.

A free translation of articles published in the Polish journal Misje Katolickie between 1909 and 1939 and of a synopsis of the Katondwe House Diaries from 1910 to 2002, this privately printed work offers a rare insight into Jesuit missionary work in Zambia from a Polish perspective, which is particularly helpful to those who cannot access the information directly from sources in the Polish language. This collection is therefore a source material for those studying the history. The translation has been done by one who lived in the areas described for many years. The journal articles themselves are contemporary to the described persons and events, giving concrete insight into the activities of the missionaries at the time, with all their successes and hardship. 

The Genesis of Violence in Zimbabwe

the genesis of violence in zimbambweThe Genesis of Violence in Zimbabwe, by Fidelis Mukonori, S.J. (Harare: The House of Books, 2015), 144 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7974-6535-0.

The author portrays the historical origin of violence in Zimbabwe from 1879 to the present in order to enable the people of Zimbabwe to find a way forward through instilling and affirming national reconciliation regardless of ethnicity, colour or creed. The book discusses ways and means of moving Zimbabwe from a culture of violence to a culture of peace and pays significant attention to ways of promoting and optimizing dialogue in order to achieve and consolidate peace, stability and security in Zimbabwe. The author, himself director of the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa, concludes that reconciliation could only be possible in Zimbabwe if what happened in the past is told honestly and truthfully without fear or favour.

The Church We Want

the church we wantThe Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III, edited by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books / Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2016), xxxi + 272 pages. ISBN 978-1-62698-203-1.

This volume is divided into three parts. The essays in part 1 take an incisive look at the phenomenon called “the Francis effect” and the challenges it poses to the church in Africa and the world church. Part 2 contains a critique of the church in Africa and aspects of Christian identity, theological method, and ecclesial leadership. Part 3 moves the conversation to the future of Vatican III and identifies some of the issues that should claim the attention of the Church as it scans its context and environment in order to discern the imperative of mission in the world. The common aim of these three parts is to provide a critical understanding of the present reality and create paths toward growth, transformation, and change in the church. “A marvellous mosaic that luminously illustrates the major trends in African theology today. If you want to know what African Catholic thinkers are up to fifty years after Vatican II, this is the book to read” (David Hollenbach, S.J., author, The Common Good and Christian Ethics). “The global church of Christ is the beneficiary of their determination to comprehend the questions and needs of God’s people on the African continent” (M. Shaw Copeland, author, Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience). “They shake up the expectations with which ‘Westerners’ approach ecclesiology, social justice, and interreligious dialogue” (Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College).








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