Johannesburg, 23 August, 2021 / 7:34 pm (ACI Africa).
Everything, except family, seems to have been taken away by the COVID-19 pandemic, a member of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said at the launch of the marriage awareness campaign in the three-nation ecclesiastical region.
In a message that was obtained by ACI Africa ahead of the Sunday, August 22 launch of the campaign organized by SACBC, Bishop Joao Rodriguez of the Catholic Diocese of Tzaneen in South Africa underscores the need to strengthen marriages and families, which he says are all that people have left.
“The role that we have even during these difficult times is to support families. Family life in particular is an important place for formation and faith growth. It is the one place that has remained with us,” Bishop Rodriguez says.
“Even during the pandemic, we are always confined to our homes. I would say that in a way, this is a blessing,” the Liaison Bishop for Marriage and Family Life says, and adds, “It would be good for more and more Catholics to spread the word and to make it known that there are these Sundays coming up now for marriage awareness that can help for married couples and also the family life in general.”
The Marriage Awareness Campaign in the Church in the Southern African region that comprises Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa started on Sunday, August 22 and is expected to run until October 9.