Johannesburg, 28 May, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Episcopal Ministry is built around the fostering of unity among the people of God “without any prejudice”, the Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has told the Bishop who is to assist him in the pastoral care and administration of the Metropolitan See.
In his homily during the Episcopal Consecration of Mons. Elias Kwenzakufani Zondi on Saturday, May 27 as Auxiliary Bishop of Durban, Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara implored that the new Bishop helps him realize “a peaceful” Archdiocese characterized with respect for human rights.
“Unity is God’s gift, so we must pray for it because prayer shapes and forms what we believe and think and how we act,” Archbishop Mandla said, and added, “Only God in Christ can reconcile us but praying for unity shows we desire to be used by God in his work in reconciliation.”
He underscored the need for unity in his Metropolitan See, and called upon the Bishop who is to assist him to “remember that the Bishop must always be the center of unity. Therefore, we have a duty to bring the Clergy, Religious and the Laity together without any prejudice.”
“Therefore if we want to make our Lord happy, let us work for peace, unity, and reconciliation,” the member of the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries (CMM) emphasized during the event that was held at the Curries Fountain Sports Development Centre in Durban.