Maputo, 16 March, 2022 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
The challenges single mothers face as members of the Church in the region covered by the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are among the topics of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, a Catholic Priest has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the Coordinator of IMBISA Pastoral Department, Fr. Rafael Baciano Sapato, expressed his awareness of the plight of single mothers in Southern Africa and that he had shared his reflections with participants in a consultative session on the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality.
“I chose the theme ‘Church, the family, and the Pastoral Care of single mothers’, in response to the question posed in the preparatory document for the Synod 2023,” Fr. Sapato told ACI Africa last week referencing the question in the Preparatory Document for the Synod 2023, The Call to Journey Together: What people or groups are, expressly or effectively, left on the side-lines?
The Mozambican Priest expressed his concern about the “tendency to marginalize” single mothers in the countries of IMBISA, which comprise Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
“I have had a lot of time to reflect on this truth and I have seen that there is a tendency to marginalize this category because according to society, they are those who have given birth to their child through illicit means, not through marriage,” the official of IMBISA told ACI Africa in reference to single mothers.