The Catholic Church in Cameroon continues to flourish, especially in the west African country’s southwest province where signs of faith and life continue to sprout.

This month, for example, Bishop Pius Suh Awa of the Diocese of Buea confirmed 245 Catholics July 9 at St. Charles Lwanga Church, reported the Buea Post. Buea is the capital city of Cameroon’s southwest province.

In his homily, pastor Fr. Patrick Harrington said Christians have to strengthen their belief in God and called on the confirmands to go out and be prophets, reported the newspaper.

Fr. Harrington also pointed to the signs of life in the Buea Diocese, including the ordination of parishioner Felix Nkafu as a deacon and the recent appointment of a Buea priest, Fr. George Nkuo, as the Bishop of the Kumbo Diocese.

Furthermore, he said, two other Buea priests were ordained bishops, including Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of the Archdiocese of Bamenda and Bishop Peter Teke Lysinge of the Diocese of Mamfe.

The University of Buea, Cameroon’s only English-language university, also recently established a Catholic chapel. The bishop had presided over another confirmation mass there earlier, where 500 people were confirmed in the Catholic faith.