Mthatha, 08 September, 2020 / 7:42 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Mozambique indicating their awareness of “the rapidly deteriorating situation” of Cabo Delgado Province, a region within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba.
In their Tuesday, September 8 statement shared with ACI Africa, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) commend the Bishops in Mozambique for their prophetic call for hope, peace and reconciliation in the Southern African nation.
“We have been following with increasing concern the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Diocese of Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province – the widespread violence, destruction of property, forced dislocation of over 200,000 people and loss of life,” SACBC members say.
They add, “The violence, suffering and death caused by ongoing armed conflict is an affront to all of us. In moments of despair we can cry out: ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ (Rev. 6:10).”
SACBC members drawn from South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland laud their counterparts in Mozambique for their Pastoral letter issued August 22 describing it “as prophetic in its call for Hope, Peace and Reconciliation, and clearly sets out the position of the Church and the role it should play.”