5, July 2019
President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe attends Father Berinyuy mass in Kondengui as Biya regime bans Catholic Devotion prayers 0
Rev Father Basil Berinyuy who was ordained priest on the 24th of April 2019 reportedly celebrated Holy Mass at the Kondengui High Security Prison yesterday with President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe in attendance. Father Basil Berinyuy who hails from Kisenjam in Bui County told the detained Southern Cameroons leaders that “It will be well.”
“Ashia …it will be well” noted the Conceptionist Missionary who after the Eucharistic celebration spent more than an hour with the detained Ambazonia leaders exchanging views with President Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and rest of cabinet in detention.
Father Basil Berinyuy during his homily observed that despite bullets flying in the air, more than 300 people attended his First Mass in Melim. He also revealed that even children have become very used to sound of guns! He recognized Prof Asasum whose mother Mama Anastasia and her late husband have been of great assistance to the work of Conceptionist Missionaries in Njimafor Parish and St Kisito Mission, Azire.
Cameroon Intelligence Report understands that Catholic devotion prayers have now been technically banned in Kondengui High Security Prison. The decision taken by prison authorities is that no community should go to pray in the chapel in the absence of a pastor or Rev father. This decision has generally affected essentially the Catholic community which used to gather for Morning Prayers and Rosary everyday in French and in the evenings for daily Evening Prayers in English.
A prison administrator who spoke to CIR’s Rita Akana pointed out that the decision to ban the Catholic devotion prayers was made immediately after Barrister Shufai Blaise Sevidzem an ex-seminarian and a senior aide to President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe started doctrine classes and was elected president of the community. With the current decision, Roman Catholics are only permitted to have Holy Mass on Thursdays and Sundays.
Rev Father David N. Etoundi the chaplain of the prison has raised a finger against the ban.
By Sama Ernest in Yaounde