Johannesburg, 27 August, 2020 / 11:06 pm (ACI Africa).
At an online prayer meeting organized to express solidarity with women who are suffering from solitude and isolation occasioned by COVID-19 restrictions, the South African Nun at the helm of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has urged women who are part of organizations to foster spiritual solidarity and share “life giving” experiences amid coronavirus challenges.
“I would call on you as women to stop sharing things that block growth and life giving,” SACBC Secretary General, Sr. Hermenegild Makoro said during the August 24 Zoom meeting.
Sr. Hermenegild added, “It is a call to all women organizations that we unite in prayer; that we become life giving to each other; that we bridge the isolation that has been created by COVID-19.”
Organized by the leadership of the South African Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (SAUCWO) under the theme, “I can’t Breathe,” the August 24 afternoon prayer meeting brought together participants drawn from different regions of Southern Africa.
“Breath takes on a new significance” during the pandemic as everyone wears face masks and “many of us feel that we cannot breathe properly. ,” Sr. Hermenegild said referencing the theme of the virtual prayer meeting.