Harare, 30 December, 2022 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Chitsungo Mission of the Catholic Diocese of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe is the poorest in the Diocese, the Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said, adding that Priests are finding it difficult to provide pastoral care to needy populations in far-flung villages served by the Catholic mission.
According to the charity foundation, Fr. Walter Chenyika who has been traversing about 60 villages served by Chitsungo Mission is now unable to reach parishioners, some living more than 140 kilometers away, and is in urgent need of a “life-saving” car.
In an October 14 report, ACN notes that the Catholic Mission is far away and that the roads are “almost always impassable”, and adds, “You don't get there by GPS, but by the touch of calloused hands that hold the steering wheel and avoid the pitfalls of the roads.”
“The Chitsungo Mission, which is made up of about 60 villages, boasts the status of being the poorest in the Diocese of Chinhoyi. It is the poorest, it is very far away and now it is isolated, waiting for Father Walter to get a new car. Without it, there is no way to get there,” ACN says.
The charity foundation that supports the Church in areas of hardship notes that Fr. Walter’s car has already been worn out on the long round trips in the Mission, sometimes on risky roads.