AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - "It was one of the best trips I've ever done": says a missionary from Monassao

Tuesday, 22 March 2022


Monassao (Agenzia Fides) - "Singila mingi, Nzapa! (Many thanks to God). This is how my mission begins, remembering that it is never mine but God's, in this blessed land , but so wounded by poverty, war, instability. There are many things to do, but the beginning of my presence here in Manassao begins with listening, getting to know each other, learning the language" , said Fr Michele Farina, diocesan priest of Savona and missionary associated with the Society for African Missions (SMA), who arrived in the Central African Republic in what is the first Italian SMA mission in the country (see Fides, 3/8/2021). Having left Bangui on January 28, the missionary was able to celebrate his first mass in Monassao, diocese of Berberati, on February 27, together with Fr. Woijtech, parish priest of Monassao, and Father Davide Camorani, SMA missionary.
"It was one of the most beautiful trips I've ever done - says Fr. Michele referring to the journey from Bangui to the Monassao mission. I saw a glimpse of humanity here in Central Africa: village life, countless children, young people, women and men who, as they passed, stared at our two cars which left behind them a huge cloud of dust. Above all, girls and women who had their heads full of all kinds of things: water, food, wood, with an extraordinary balance because not a single drop of this precious good that is water could not be lost". (MF/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 22/3/2022)