Umtata, 15 June, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Church in South Africa has described the four members of the Religious Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters who succumbed to COVID-19 as “generous servants of the Lord” who died “in a very short period of time.”
“The SACBC expresses deep sadness and sincere sympathy to the Provincial and Sisters of the Precious Blood Congregation on the sudden passing of four of your dedicated sisters in this very short period of time,” the Bishops wrote Monday, June 15 referencing their common of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC).
They added, “The departed were generous servants of the Lord and while we mourn them we express heartfelt gratitude for their service to God’s people over many years.”
“Your sisters have now gone below this world’s horizon to rise in the dawn of God’s presence. They have gone to join so many generous souls of your religious family who are with God,” the Bishops in South Africa have told the Precious Blood Sisters in their country and added, “Be assured, dear Sisters, of the prayers of the SACBC and of all the faithful of the Church in Southern Africa.”
In their collective message, the Bishops also condole with Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, the Local Ordinary of Umtata Diocese where the late Sisters were serving.