Pemba, 24 November, 2020 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the three-nation conference in Southern Africa have planned to reach out to the Bishop of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese in a solidarity visit amid insurgency in Cabo Delgado Province.
“The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) decided on a solidarity visit to the Bishop of Pemba from December 2 to December 4,” says Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Swaziland’s Manzini in a Tuesday, November 24 statement.
Making reference to those at the helm of Catholic Dioceses in Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland who constitute SACBC, Bishop José Luis says that the visit is a response to the call for solidarity made by the Bishop of Mozambique’ Pemba Diocese.
“Earlier this year, the Bishop of Pemba – Luiz Fernando Lisboa – said in an interview: ‘Our people urgently need peace because this crisis has completely destabilized our province. We call on the international community to come to our aid’,” Bishop José Luis says.
He adds making reference to Bishop Lisboa’s August interview with ACI Africa, “The people need solidarity and in addition to helping to end the crisis, we need to feed all these displaced people. We need food, medicine, clothes, blankets, all the help is needed to help the displaced people.”