BIA Benedict XVI Institute for Africa
Agbaw Ebai
Benedict XVI Institute for Africa Organizes a Theological Colloquium

Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI at 95 “Introduction to Christianity: Engagement by African Scholars” Wednesday 23 – Friday 25, November 2022 At Paul VI Pastoral Centre You are welcome!

November 22, 2022
Agbaw Ebai
Men of Sorrows

Every Good Friday, the Church’s Liturgy turns her gaze upon the face of Christ, the suffering servant; the One whom Isaiah describes as “a man of suffering, knowing pain.” Or, as one translation puts it, “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”   As we walk with Christ through the pages of the Gospels, we […]

October 15, 2022
Agbaw Ebai
Why God Must Not Be Set Aside

“There is no saint without a past; there is no sinner without a future” Meditations on the Life of Augustine of Hippo (AD 354 – 430) I love the month of August, for particular reasons: It is the month of my birth, but more importantly, August is the month of my favorite saint, Augustine of […]

August 30, 2022
Agbaw Ebai
Benedict XVI at 95: Searching for the Face of the Lord

Towards the end of the Book of Signs in the Gospel of John, the Evangelist narrates an intriguing request from a somewhat unexpected source: “Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we wish […]

April 16, 2022
Agbaw Ebai
Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger – Benedict XVI at 95th

On this same Saturday Easter Vigil 95 years ago a young Bavarian was Born. One who will become a Christian, Priest , Bishop , Cardinal and the 265th  Successor of Peter. Benedict XVI is the oldest Pontiff to have reigned on the Chair of Peter. The oldest before him being Leo XIII (93 years and […]

April 16, 2022
Agbaw Ebai
Theologians gather to discuss ‘Africae Munus, Ten Years Later’

Africae Munus Ten Years LaterNovember 4-6, 2021, Mundelein Seminary Co-organized by Maurice Agbaw-Ebai and Matthew LeveringSponsored by the Benedict XVI Institute for Africa and the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Theology, and Doctrine at Mundelein Seminary Scheduled speakers: Paulinus Odozor of the University of Notre Dame, Joseph Ogbonnaya of Marquette University, Ken Amadi of the University […]

November 6, 2021
Father Zifac
Fr. Zifac: Never Give Up Looking Up

Yes. Never give up in looking up. Refuse to be discouraged. No bad condition is permanent with Jesus. Solve your problems the Bartimaeus’ way. When Zacheus could not see Jesus bc of a height impediment he climbed a tree; when Bartimaeus could not see Jesus bc he was blind he used his voice. Use what […]

October 24, 2021
Father Zifac
Father Zifac: it is well in Jesus’ name

With the uncertainty and political and cultural volatility of nowadays it can be easy to become overwhelmed. It can easy to lose hope and to give in to despair. Thankfully, as Christians we can return to the Scriptures for perspective. We can look to the Word of God and be reminded that for those who […]

September 6, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Reflections on Fatherhood

Members of BIA’s Holy Mass Association of Africa share reflections on fatherhood in honor of Fathers Day.

June 20, 2021
Father Denis
The Christian God and Culture in Africa – Part 5

Fortunately or unfortunately, most of Africa was evangelized by Latin rite missionaries. Which means that the way we worship God in the celebration of Mass and the sacraments is typically Roman, western or Latin. The church Catholic is made up of 21 sui iuris churches with 7 major rites (Roman, Byzantine, Alexandrian, Syriac, Armenian, Maronite […]

May 29, 2021
Father Zifac
Father Zifac: I am with you always.

We are gathered here in prayer, with St. Joseph and with Our Lady. They are here with the legion of angels and saints in heaven and so no one of us here is wasting his time even if you came here because somebody forced you or bribed you to come or even if you came […]

May 23, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Father Maurice: “I do not feel like praying”

Feelings are an essential part of what it means to be human. As it has been said before, one might not remember the exact details of a given incident, but one would remember how one felt about it. Human beings are feeling beings. And oftentimes, we act from our feelings. We even tend to make […]

May 9, 2021
Father Zifac
Father Zifac: The Secret of Fruitfulness

To make plants, God spoke to the earth: “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants” (Gen. 1:11). To make the fish, He spoke to the water: “Let the waters swarm and abundantly produce living creatures…” (Gen. 1:20). To make man, God spoke to Himself. And the Lord said, “Let us make man in our […]

May 2, 2021
Father Denis
The Christian God and Culture in Africa – Part 4

At the crux of this dialogue is a theme which I evoked earlier on, the transcultural nature of Christianity. Pope Benedict XVI in the encyclical Deus Caritas Est captures this uniqueness of the Christian expression when he says: Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter […]

April 21, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
The Flame of Easter – Lumen Christi, Deo Gratias!

“Brothers and Sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, the gospel that you received and in which you are firmly established; because the gospel will save you only if you keep believing exactly what I preached to you – believing anything else will not lead to anything. Well then, in the […]

April 18, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI!

Prayers and well-wishes for continued good health for our inspirational father, Jospeh Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, on his 94th birthday!

April 17, 2021
Father Denis
The Christian God and Culture in Africa – Part 3

Is African culture radically opposed to Christianity? The definitive answer is NO. But are there certain aspects of African culture which are opposed to Christian principles? Definitely yes. But this is not unique to African culture; each culture has elements in need of purification. It will be unfair to look at these opposing aspects and […]

April 6, 2021