Port Louis, 08 November, 2020 / 9:38 pm (ACI Africa).
The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity of the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation amid COVID-19 challenges, expressing the desire for a “sober and fraternal Christmas” later this year.
In his Thursday, November 5 message seen by ACI Africa, the Bishop of Port Louis, Maurice Cardinal Piat explains that his Christian invitation is “a little in advance” to give room for reflection.
Cardinal Piat recognizes the solidarity of Mauritians exemplified in their reaching out to each other in time of need amid the pandemic and poses, “Could we extend this solidarity by daring to experience a more sober and fraternal Christmas this year?”
He shares his prayerful desire, “Let us dare to believe that the joy of Christmas will not be stifled by this sobriety but on the contrary that it will spring up in all its beauty.”
The Cardinal goes on to invite Christians in Mauritius to look forward to celebrating this year’s Christmas season in ways that offer “a glimmer of hope” to their respective lives amid COVID-19 challenges.