Pastoral Statement of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference


Pastoral Statement of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference following the ongoing events since Wednesday 15 November 2017

Published Sunday 19 November 2017

The Church has keenly and prayerfully followed the recent tense events in the country. The Church has also observed the increased economic hardship for ordinary Zimbabweans. The atmosphere has drastically deteriorated culminating in the current intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Let us pray for our country as we continue to watch developments carefully. Continue reading

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Being a L.E.A.D.E.R.

On the second day of the “extraordinary meeting” of the IMBISA standing committee and presidents of Bishops’ Conferences, Mass was presided by Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi OMI (archbishop of Maseru, Lesotho). Continue reading

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IMBISA vision and mission (work in progress)

At the last meeting standing committee it was decided to have an extraordinary one with the presence of the presidents of the Bishops Conferences members of IMBISA. The goal of the meeting would be to reflect together on the “vision” and “mission” of IMBISA. Though clear in our statutes, the reality of a context that has deeply changed and the appointment of so many new bishops in our countries, made it clear it was important to do so. Therefore we have come together in South Africa for three days (17 – 21 July 2017) Continue reading

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Swaziland: The “historic” visit of the Apostolic Nuncio

It is certainly not the first time that our diocese is visited by an Apostolic Nuncio. Practically every one of them has blessed us with his presence. What made Archbishop Peter Wells’ visit “historic” is that he remained with us for nearly one week. It was a pastoral visit. Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Elections, peace and development

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Pastoral Letter of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops on preparing for the Zimbabwe 2018 National Elections.

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Peace to you and all people of Zimbabwe!

We are writing to you about the elections scheduled for 2018. It will be a time when those who seek to serve us, the people of Zimbabwe, will ask for our vote. As your shepherds, we would like to reflect with you on this new decisive moment in our country’s journey.” Continue reading

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Lesotho: pray for the success of the elections

Greetings from the Kingdom in the sky. Thanks a million for inviting us to share our experiences as Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) on the preparation towards the forth-coming elections in Lesotho.

Lesotho is having another snap-election since 2015. This also means that Lesotho will be going for the third general election since 2012. These elections are the result of a motion of no confidence in the current Prime Minister and his government. The King, therefore, dissolved parliament and the date for the elections was announced to be June 3rd 2017. Continue reading

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South Africa: Bishop Barry Wood OMI (1942 – 2017)


By Mlondi Radebe/ Zamo Ngcobo

Messages of condolence continue to pour in for Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban, Barry Wood. He died in a Durban hospital on May 3, following a short illness.

Wood died at the age of 74.

Wood is well known and well respected in the Archdiocese of Durban. His death came as a blow to the country’s Catholic community.

Catholic Archbishop of Durban Cardinal Wilfred Napier says the news were a big shock. Continue reading

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