Harare, 22 November, 2020 / 3:28 pm (ACI Africa).
As Catholics across the world prepare to usher in the Season of Advent on Sunday, November 29, Bishops in Zimbabwe have, in their collective message about the period that leads up to Christmas and a hopeful anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ, called reconciliation and unity in the Southern African nation.
In their Wednesday, November 18 message obtained by ACI Africa, the members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) ask the people of God in the country to embrace each other beyond social and political boundaries and to care for the environment noting that Advent is a season of renewal, taken from the Latin word “Advenio”, which means “Behold I come.”
“It is the Lord Jesus who comes to live among us in order to renew us,” ZCBC members say, and add, “The coming of the Lord is also a coming of new things, new ideas, a renewed hope in him and in each other and what we are capable of doing together if only we can trust, reach out and find each other across our set social and political boundaries.”
The Bishops in Zimbabwe encourage efforts toward unity and reconciliation saying, “The cry of John the Baptist, prepare a way for the Lord, make his path straight, must be heard in all the sociopolitical, economic and religious spheres of life.”
Referencing political tensions that have continued since 2019, the Bishops call on government leaders to “extend a new hand of welcome to all the opposition parties so that advent hope can be rekindled among our suffering people.”