Christmas 2014: Under the Sign of Communion, Conversation and Dialogue

fr Bruno Cadore in Nigeria

« Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds » (Heb 1 :1-2).

God who reveals himself at Christmas in the mystery of the Incarnation is a God who has always wanted to get into conversation and dialogue with all humanity. The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus reminds us that more. For the Child who is born for us, a Son who is given to us, is Emmanuel, God-with-us; the Word of all eternity who wants to pitch his tent among people and stay with us.

During the canonical visitation of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana by the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré (from 4 to 22 December 2014), he asked me to convey his message to our Dominican brothers and sisters in Gusau, Diocese of Sokoto in northern Nigeria. In this region strongly influenced by Islam, minority Christians are often subjected to threats, violence and religious intolerance. From 16 to 20 December 2014, I visited our brothers and sisters from the north, and participated in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese long ran by the Dominicans. Brother Bruno entrusted me with the following message:

"Can I ask you to convey my very fraternal and affectionate greetings to the brothers. I regret not having been able to visit them personally (especially as it would have been possible if we had known earlier the cancellation of Ghana). This is a postponement. I am aware of the importance of this place in the history of the presence of the brothers in Nigeria, and the importance of this implentation for preaching today in this country. Dialogue with other religions is essential, and it’s really a very strong sign of the desire of the God of Revelation to enter into conversation with the entire humanity. I also hope that this small community will always be more connected with all the province, bringing at the heart of the preaching of the province, this concern for communion which is so dear to the Order.

Safe journey to Sokoto, and greetings to the sisters and young op that you will meet. Respectful and fraternal greetings to the bishop. "

Merry Christmas to All, under the sign of Communion, Conversation and Dialogue. Happy and Blessed New Year 2015!

fr Gabriel Samba, O.P.


(24 décembre 2014)