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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

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 of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

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

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

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

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.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Eswatini Calls for Prayers to Break Ongoing “cycle of violence”

The Bishop for Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini, José Luis Ponce de León, has called on the people of God in the Southern African country to pray for the gift of wisdom and courage to break the ongoing wave of violence and protests.

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

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

Poster announcing the annual Bishop Zwane Memorial Lecture in memory of the late Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland
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Catholic Diocese in Swaziland Remembering Compassionate Bishop Who Supported Refugees

Several decades have passed since the passing on of Bishop Aloysius Isaac Mandlenkhosi Zwane who shepherded the people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland in the Ecclesiastical Province of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Fr.Alwyn Zothansanga, MSFS who succumbed to COVID-19 on January 22 / Catholic Diocese of Manzini/ Facebook

First Priest in Swaziland to Succumb to COVID-19 “a good preacher, man of faith”: Bishop

The first Priest to succumb to the COVID-19-related complications in the Kingdom of Swaziland has been eulogized as a good preacher, a man of faith and a gentle Priest who led people to prayer through singing.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during their plenary assembly in January 2020. / Website Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Bishops in Southern Africa to Hold Virtual Plenary Assembly amid COVID-19 Surge

Members of the three-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have decided to have their first Plenary Assembly in 2012 virtually due to the rising reported cases of COVID-19 and related restrictions, the leadership has announced.

Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral in Swaziland.

Bishop in Swaziland Suspends Public Liturgies amid Upsurge in COVID-19 Reported Cases

The Bishop of Manzini, the lone Catholic Diocese in Swaziland has resuspended the celebration of public Liturgies in line with the government’s ban on all forms of gatherings following an increase in reported cases of COVID-19.

The delegation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). / Bishop Jose Luis.

What Southern African Delegation Recalls from Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese Solidarity Visit

The four-member delegation came face to face with “human tragedy” during their solidarity visit to the Local Ordinary of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese earlier this month, a Bishop on the delegation has recounted.

Southern Africa Bishops Plan Solidarity Visit to Mozambique's Pemba Diocese amid Crisis

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.

Bishop Jose Luis Gerardo Ponce de León offers a radio set to a beneficiary of the COVID-19 response initiatives undertaken in the one-diocese country. / Manzini Diocese

Church in Swaziland Distributes Hundreds of Radio Sets as “special gift” amid COVID-19

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Swaziland is facilitating the distribution of radio sets to deprived persons as one of the COVID-19 response initiatives undertaken in the one-diocese country.

Bishop Jose Luis with representatives of mission hospitals that will benefit from COVID-19 essentials courtesy of a donation by Italian Bishops Conference. / (Bishop) Jose Luis/ Facebook

Church in Italy Partners with Swaziland’s Manzini Diocese in COVID-19 Intervention

Catholic Church leaders in Italy have partnered with the people of God in Swaziland’s Diocese of Manzini, offering a financial subsidy that has facilitated the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for various health facilities as they fight against COVID-19 in the one-diocese Southern Africa nation, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Fr. Francis Onyango, a missionary priest in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland. / Fr. Francis Onyango

Self-discipline, Love, Central Values amid COVID-19 “new normal”: Missionary in Swaziland

Many people who have been worst hit by COVID-19 including those living in isolation, those separated from their loved ones and those who have been stripped off their sources of livelihood have one thing that is keeping their hope alive: the end of the coronavirus and the related restrictions.

Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians(MSMHC), prepare food items for the needy in the Manzini Diocese, Swaziland.

Nuns in Swaziland Attend to People “who have lost their livelihood” amid COVID-19

In an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on families  in Swaziland, members of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC), a Religious Order of nuns based in the Southern Africa country, are reaching out to the needy with humanitarian relief, the nuns involved in the intervention in Manzini Diocese have reported.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland, also called Eswatini.

“It is the context that has changed, not our call”: Prelate in Swaziland

With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that COVID-19 may never go away, a Bishop in Swaziland has urged faithful in his diocese to remain steadfast in their call to evangelize as the Church adopts to what he refers to as “the new normal.”

Bishop Jose Luis Ponce De Leon of the Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland.

The Five Needs of Swaziland’s Manzini Diocese amid COVID-19 Crisis

To facilitate the Catholic Church’s response to COVID-19 pandemic in the landlocked Southern African Kingdom of Eswatini popularly known as Swaziland, the Bishop of Manzini diocese has outlined “five priorities” for the one-diocese country, inviting the people of God support the course.

Names of the parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Swaziland's Manzini Diocese pinned on benches. / Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon

What a Cleric in Swaziland Has Done to Keep Faithful Engaged During COVID-19

All was well at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Manzini in the Southern Africa nation of Eswatini, popularly known as Swaziland, until Fr. Francis Onyango announced that Public Mass had been suspended. Fr. Onyango made the announcement that pierced the heart of an elderly woman who was attending Mass that morning on Wednesday, March 18.