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27 April 2022

News from Madagascar (first quarter 2022)

In addition to our Carmelite annual retreat and the sports meeting between priests and students that usually concludes this beautiful fraternal time, this new year of 2022 began with the grace of the solemn profession of three brothers and their ordination to the Diaconate. Since the covid crisis has calmed down somewhat, the State has authorized the opening of churches and celebrations without too many restrictions. It was nice to see the friars’ families again and enjoy meeting them once more after after months of silence and distance.

We are slowly coming out of the Indian Ocean’s cyclonic period. A time of grace for some desert or semi-desert regions, but for the majority, it is the annual nightmare. This time, two intense tropical cyclones caused a lot of damage in Madagascar (Batsirai and Emnati), as well as a moderate tropical storm, the first of this year. We are still assessing the damage, both human and material. For us, it is the monastery in Manakara, on the east coast of the island (usually the most affected), which suffered greatly from the passage of these cyclones, particularly with the collapse of a part of the wall.