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Latest stories: Eswatini

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Salesians in Partnership to Provide Nutrition to Hundreds of Vulnerable Youth in Eswatini

Dec 4, 2021

Hundreds of vulnerable youth in Manzini city, Eswatini, have received nutritional support from members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SBD) in a collaborative initiative.  

Fr. Dumisani Benedict Vilakati Director of the IMBISA Secretariat. Credit: IMBISA

Caritas Not an NGO, Emaswati Priest Says, Appeals for Support of Charity Initiatives

Nov 11, 2021

The Caritas entity of the Catholic Church is not a Non-Governmental Organization that exists as a separate entity from the Church, a Catholic Priest from Eswatini has said in his appeal to the people of God in the entire Southern African region to support activities undertaken by the charity arm of the Church. 

Some members of the IMBISA Standing Committee during a solidarity visit to Eswatini. Credit: Manzini Diocese

What Christian Leaders in Southern Africa have Gathered about Eswatini’s Ongoing Unrest

Nov 6, 2021

Representatives of the Fellowship of Christian Councils of Southern Africa (FOCCISA) who were on a four-day solidarity pastoral visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini have gathered that the people of God in the country are going through “a very painful and traumatizing period” due to the ongoing unrest.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Diocese of Klerksdorp / Credit: Courtesy Photo

Engage “renowned negotiators, mediators” to End Instability in Eswatini: Catholic Bishop

Oct 30, 2021

If any planned dialogue toward an end to the growing instability in Eswatini is to result in “an acceptable agreement,” there is need for the parties in conflict to engage notable “negotiators and mediators”, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said.  

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Eswatini Civil Societies Reject Proposal to Discuss Country’s Unrest at Annual Meeting

Oct 29, 2021

Representatives of Civil Society Organizations, political parties and citizens in Eswatini have rejected King Mswati III’s invitation to discuss the ongoing political crisis in the country at an annual national general meeting known as Sibaya. 

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Foundation Expresses Concerns about Growing Instability in Eswatini

Oct 24, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has expressed concerns about the protracted political instability characterized by demonstrations and violence in Eswatini. 

Logo of the Council of Swaziland Churches. Credit: Council of Swaziland Churches

Stop Using COVID-19 to Postpone Dialogue, Church Leaders in Eswatini Tell Government

Oct 22, 2021

The Council of Swaziland Churches in Eswatini has asked the government of the Southern African nation to stop using the COVID-19 situation to postpone dialogue that they say will restore peace in the country that is experiencing protracted protests.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) at a press conference in Manzini Diocese. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Change in Eswatini’s Governance to Tame Violence

Oct 15, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are calling on the government of Eswatini to listen to the cry of the people and to phase out absolute monarchy, which has been blamed for the violence and insecurity in the country.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) with the Prime Minister of Eswatini. Credit: IMBISA

Make Efforts to Build “a peaceful, just” Eswatini: Regional Catholic Bishops to Premier

Oct 8, 2021

There is need for the people of God in the Kingdom of Eswatini to understand the severity of the instability in their nation and make conscious efforts to build “a peaceful and just society”, the leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.   

Some members of the IMBISA Standing Committee. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Regional Bishops Pay “solidarity, pastoral visit” to Eswatini after Pro-democracy Protests

Oct 7, 2021

Some three months after police in the Kingdom of Eswatini violently suppressed pro-democracy protests, a delegation from the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has started on a five-day “solidarity and pastoral visit” to the country.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Bishop of Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese Decries Lack of Closure to Country’s Protest

Sep 7, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Manzini, the only Diocese in the Kingdom of Eswatini, has expressed concern over the situation of ambiguity in the country following recent pro-democracy protests that turned violent.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León handing over the Pope's donation to the administration of the Good Shepherd Catholic Mission Hospital of Eswatini’s lone Diocese, Manzini. Credit: Manzini Diocese/Facebook

Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Catholic Hospital Battling COVID-19 in Eswatini

Aug 16, 2021

Pope Francis has donated medical equipment to the Good Shepherd Catholic Mission Hospital of Eswatini’s lone Diocese, Manzini, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Church in Eswatini Dedicates Feast of Assumption, August 15, to “prayer, healing”

Aug 5, 2021

The leadership of Eswatini’s lone Catholic Diocese is dedicating August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to “prayer and healing.”

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Let’s “discern how to be church in the midst of a pandemic”: Catholic Bishop in Eswatini

Jul 25, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Manzini, the lone Diocese in Eswatini has, in a report, invited the people of God in the Southern African nation to reflect on how to practice their Christian faith amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Christian Leaders in Eswatini Urge Bereaved Families “to be calm” amid Heightened Emotions

Jul 9, 2021

Christian leaders in the Kingdom of Eswatini have appealed to those who have lost their loved ones in the pro-democracy protests in recent weeks to remain calm even when the situation in the Southern African nation could be characterized by heightened emotions

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Catholic Bishop in Eswatini Prays for Victims of Protests, Says Violence Unacceptable

Jul 7, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese is offering prayers for the repose of souls of scores that have lost their lives in the violence that was sparked by pro-democracy protests in the Southern African country.

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Bishops in Nine African Countries Deplore Human Rights Violations amid Eswatini Protests

Jul 6, 2021

Catholic Bishops in nine Southern African countries have, in a statement, condemned the rise in arbitrary executions, indiscriminate arrests, abductions and a myriad of other human rights violations amid ongoing protests in Eswatini.

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Catholic Church in Eswatini Blames Failures of Country’s Elites for Growing Violence

Jul 5, 2021

The Commission for Justice and Peace (CJPC) in Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini has blamed the ongoing protests and violence in the Southern African nation on the failure of the country’s leadership to engage with the citizens on the issues that affect the people.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland, also called Eswatini/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Eswatini Cautions against Revenge, Calls for Calm amid Protests

Jul 2, 2021

The Bishop of Eswatini’s lone Catholic Diocese is calling for calm in the Southern African nation amid pro-democracy protests.  

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Catholic Peace Entity Fears for Crisis Escalation in Eswatini amid Protracted Protests

Jul 1, 2021

Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), fears that lives will continue to be lost in the ongoing violence that is fueled by pro-democracy protests in Eswatini, the landlocked Southern African country that is commonly known as Swaziland.