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Celebrating ten years of the Anglican diocese of Cameroon.

Celebrating ten years of the Anglican diocese of Cameroon.

Around 1500 worshippers celebrated ten years of the Anglican diocese of Cameroon.

The eucharist, held in the open air at the largest city in Cameroon, Douala, was celebrated by the Bishop of Cameroon, the Rt Revd Dibo Thomas-Babyngton Elango on 26 August. accompanied by choral music, and a sermon by the Bishop of Ohaji Egbema, in Nigeria, the Rt Revd Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku.

Bishop Dibo commended the faithfulness of the Anglican Church in Cameroon, and congratulated the diocese on its achievements over the past decade. He reminded listeners that all things were achieved only by the grace of God.

The link diocese of Chichester was represented by Canon Mark Payne, the Rector of St Pancras, Chichester, and Canon of the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels, Douala. He said: "It was wonderful to be a part of the colourful and vibrant celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the diocese of Cameroon. Over the past decade the diocese has grown from around 6 churches to over 20 and new churches are being founded all the time. As tensions mount between the English speaking regions and the French speaking regions of Cameroon - the Church's mission to bring peace and reconciliation is needed more than ever."

The diocese has now expanded to 28 churches across nine parishes, served by 16 full-time clergy and eleven catechists. The diocese has an ambitious and largely self-funded building programme of churches, clergy accommodation, schools, and a health clinic. In a country without a welfare state, this contribution to education and health care has a significant impact on the life chances of young people in particular.