News from Niamey: So it begins!
July 23, 2012

After an overnight flight to Paris and another flight to Niamey, we are finally on the ground here in Niger. When we reached Paris early this morning, we met up with Kelly Di Domanico, our Development & Peace representative who joined us on our flight to Niamey.

It was quite surreal for our team, and for me especially. As the plane was landing at Niamey's Diori Hamani International Airport, it was unbelievable and eye-opening to see the ground in Africa. It was bare and very dry. Kris Dmytrenko and I reflected on that just before dinner this evening.
We had quite an experience at the airport when we arrived. From collecting our baggage, to negotiating the release of one of our HDV cameras, we wasted no time experiencing Niger culture up close and personal.  One of our D&P partners (who will be with us for the trip) and I spent just under an hour negotiating with airport officials to get one of our HDV cameras back.
Tomorrow is a really busy day for us. It will be our first day that we will be out on the road - witnessing first hand the live distribution of aid. But before that happens, we will be meeting with the Archbishop of Niamey, His Grace Michel Cartatéguy SMA.
Back in 2007, Pope Benedict elevated the Diocese of Niamey to the rank of metropolitan archdiocese, also establishing the Diocese of Maradi.
Thus, Pope Benedict appointed Bishop Michel Christian Cartateguy S.M.A., of Niamey, as metropolitan archbishop of the new circumscription. Cartateguy was born in Hasparren, France in 1951, ordained a priest in 1979 and consecrated a bishop in 1999.
The journey officially begins for our team tomorrow! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers and be assured of ours in return.
Recent posts
FacebookTwitter
Written by Ines Angeli Murzaku Ph.D. Since March 2013, when Pope Francis was elected at the See of St. Peter, he has captured the minds and hearts of the people worldwide: Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, believers, and non-believers alike. Compassion and forgiveness, mercy in action and prayer, love of God and love of neighbor, are some ...read more
FacebookTwitter
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 4, 2016 Today’s Gospel passage (Luke 14:25-33) contains a collection of sayings that are peculiar to Luke. Luke has Jesus speak about the demands of discipleship. He gathers three sayings (14:26, 27, 33) and two parables (14:28-30, 31-32). They focus on the total dedication necessary for ...read more
WYD Wrap-Up: Krakow 2016 is now available to watch and share online! (watch below) A month after the memorable experience of World Youth Day Krakow, Salt and Light Television brings you a special hour-long WYD wrap-up show, featuring many great story lines including: the World Youth Day returning to its birthplace, the city of Saint ...read more
FacebookTwitter
Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist Fr. Thomas Rosica August 29, 2016 On August 29, the Church remembers the death of St. John the Baptist, a prophet who was put to death through beheading because he spoke the truth. There is no Gospel that begins the story of Jesus’ public ministry without ...read more
FacebookTwitter
Last week, we reflected a bit about Mary and especially on what it means that she is “Full of Grace”. Perhaps the best reflection on this is from Munificentissimus Deus, the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII that I mentioned last week, on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This excerpt is taken from ...read more