Johannesburg, 08 January, 2021 / 4:35 pm (ACI Africa).
A South African Cleric has, in a reflection, shared his observations on “visible repercussions” of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he says has negatively affected the people of God in the country.
“There are already visible repercussions of COVID-19 being felt and I am afraid such effects have dire consequences for the Church in South Africa,” Fr. Elias Ledwaba has said in his reflection published Thursday, January 7.
In the reflection published on the website of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), the South African Cleric says COVID-19 “has negatively affected church attendance.”
“This global pandemic, at least in my parochial jurisdiction, has exposed demographics; it became crystal clear that the church comprises an older generation which is mostly susceptible and stands at a higher risk of infection and eventually succumbing to COVID-19,” Fr. Ledwaba explains.
The realization that the church in his jurisdiction consists of a vulnerable older generation “poses as a challenge to devise means of reaching out to this group of people and to propose new ways of youth and young adult evangelization,” the Priest of Polokwane Diocese notes in his reflection.