Catholic Bishops in War-Torn Mozambique Announce Prayers for Peace ahead of Church’s Jubilee Year 2025

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: CEM

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have dedicated the first Sunday of the month to prayers for peace in all Dioceses ahead of the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

Pope Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year on January 21, the second in his Pontificate after the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in 2015.

“Ahead of the festivities of the Jubilee Year 2025 and the 50th anniversary of independence of Mozambique, aware of the urgency and need for peace, we appeal for prayers for peace in our country,” the Catholic Bishops said.

They added, “We ask that until the celebration of the JubileeYear 2025 starting in May, the first Sunday of each month in all our dioceses be dedicated to praying for peace.”

CEM members further said the call for prayers for peace is motivated by the upsurge in “terrorism and armed insurgency that is increasing the suffering of our people.”


“Violent deaths and the destruction of infrastructure have resulted in the mass displacement of people, especially women and children, to the district towns of Chiure, Cabo Delgado province, and Namapa, Nampula province,” they lamented. 

The Catholic Church leaders invited the people of God to constantly show their solidarity with the people who are living and suffering the consequences of the violence which they described as “a catastrophic situation.”

“Our prayer has been unceasing, especially in recent times when the situation has continued to deteriorate,” the Catholic Bishops said.

In their April 17 collective statement, CEM renewed their appeal for transparency and integrity in the ongoing voter registration process in the Southern African nation.

They invited citizens of voting age to actively participate in all phases of the electoral process, “We also urge faithful observance of the electoral law,” they said.

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Voter registration process in Mozambique started on February 1 and will end on April 28 ahead of the country’s general elections scheduled for October 9.

In the pastoral note signed by CEM President, Archbishop Inácio Saúre, Catholic Bishops in Mozambique drew the attention of the agents and actors in the electoral process, especially the electoral bodies, political parties, candidates, civil society organizations, observers, the media and Mozambicans in general, to the responsibility that rests on them to work to adopt behavior that favors the transparency and independence of all decisions. 

João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.