BIA Benedict XVI Institute for Africa
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
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
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
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
Agbaw Ebai
Father Maurice: A Praying Community, part 2

This Sunday marks the first Sunday of the Holy Season of Lent, a time which our Christian tradition calls our attention to the three pious exercises of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Though different in emphasis, these three spiritual exercises are closely related. Prayer is the sacred experience and encounter with God, a moment of intentional […]

February 21, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
Father Maurice: A Praying Community

Christian prayer is like oxygen. I find it impossible to live without daily prayer. And prayer is like a school, in which we grow from one class to the next. Christian prayer differentiates between Vocal, Meditation and Contemplation, as modes of prayer. With Vocal Prayer, we express ourselves in words to God. Vocal prayer can […]

February 16, 2021
Agbaw Ebai
The Perenniality of Christian Martyrdom

Before canonizations became centralized under the papacy, the most common factor that made a canonized saint of a Christian was what Catholic tradition refers to as odium fidei – hatred for the faith! After the so-called Edict of Milan in 313 AD which made Christianity the de-facto religion of the empire, sainthood came to be […]

October 8, 2016
Agbaw Ebai
Catholicism and the Political Order

When Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger was invited to address the Bundestag, the German Parliament, history was in the making. It was the first time in the history of the German nation that a Supreme Pontiff mounted the rostrum of the Reichstag Building in Berlin. What will Ratzinger say to these elected officials, comprised of mostly Catholics […]

October 8, 2016
Agbaw Ebai
Catholicism and Irrational Public Power

The Gospel of John opens with the enigmatic faith of the community of the beloved disciple: “In the beginning was the word.” (John 1:1). Catholic exegesis has often interpreted these terse words of John’s gospel in the light of the Genesis account of creation, in which the creative Word of YHWH brought forth order out […]

October 8, 2016