STUDENTS LEFT IN THE OPEN AS SCHOOL ROOF GETS BLOWN AWAY BY STORM

Chinyuni Block.JPGFifty four  students were left in the open when the roof of their classroom block was blown away by a storm at Chinyuni Mission Primary School in Chirumanzu. The roof of the classroom and an administration block was blown away by a storm that rocked the area on 25 January 2018 affecting learning activities at the school. Of those affected were 26 Grade 1 and 28 Grade 2 pupils. Continue reading

ZIM WOMEN RELIGIOUS PARTNERS ACWECA

Women religious in Zimbabwe have a regional flavor after partnering with the Association of Consecrated Women  in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA). ACWECA  was founded in 1974 as AMECEA Sisters before it was transformed to ACWECA to accommodate congregations from other national conferences. Member countries include Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda,  Zambia and Zimbabwe as an associate member with effect from 1 September 2017. Continue reading

THE PASTORAL AND HEALING ROLE OF THE MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference National Marriage Tribunal is primarily part of the Church’s juridical system. Its main purpose is to contribute to the pastoral aims of the Church by enabling people to marry in Church that they participate in the sacraments. The Tribunal helps people whose marriages have irreparably broken down due to different circumstances and who at times feel alienated from the Church or who are laden with guilt of conscience. The Tribunal endeavors to help the wounded partners to reconcile with self and to move on with life. Continue reading

HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHOIR SCOOPS BISHOPS TROPHY IN MUTARE

Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir lifting the Bishop's Trophy in jubilation.jpgHoly Trinity Cathedral Choir of Mutare scooped the first prize during the Bishop’s Trophy choir competition held at St. Joseph, Sakubva on 24 February 2018. The tightly contested competition saw Holy Trinity grabbing the first position followed by  St. Martin Chikanga who settled for the second position. Continue reading

CCJP, VOTER EDUCATION PROGRAMME GEARS THE YOUTH FOR ELECTIONS

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has been  going around the Archdiocese of Harare encouraging the youth to vote under the new Biometric Voter Registration (BVR). CCJP has been going around the diocese meeting the youth to discuss the BVR process and encouraging young people  to exercise their right to vote in forthcoming harmonized 2018 election. Continue reading

Caritas Zimbabwe and its involvement in Communities

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Caritas Zimbabwe is the official Catholic agency for humanitarian and development work in Zimbabwe. It is officially registered as a Private Voluntary Organization in terms of subsection (5) of section 9 of the Private Voluntary Organization Act (17:05) in the Republic of Zimbabwe. The organisation was established in 1972 as a development initiative and also responding to the emergency situation that prevailed in the country at the time that a liberation war was being fought. Since then, it has continued to provide a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of women, men and children in times of hardship and contributes to the development of social justice in times of peace. The organisation belongs to an international confederation called Caritas Internationalis (CI) (www.caritas.org), a network of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories. Caritas is one of the largest international humanitarian networks, working with people regardless of their religion, race, gender or ethnicity. Continue reading

DIOCESE OF GOKWE OPENS THREE MORE MISSIONS

The Diocese of Gokwe recently opened three more missions bringing the number of missions to twenty in 27 years after the diocese’s creation in 1991. Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro commissioned St. Mary’s Nyika, Chevecheve and Mary Queen of Peace and assigned priests to take charge of the three mission stations. The missions were established as a response to

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the ballooning number of Christians in the diocese and to reduce the distance traveled by priests and the laity  to the nearest center of worship. St. Mary’s Nyika was created from Sengwa Mission, while St. Mary’s Queen of Peace based at the diocesan Shrine was created from Gwave Mai voRugare and Uganda Martyrs respectively and  Chevecheve was born out of Tongwe Mission. The three missions are yet to be officially opened although they are already functional. Parishioners close to these new  missions used to walk long distances to attend mass or to receive some spiritual and other services from their old missions. The opening of the three missions has brought some relief to the life of Christians especially the old who could not receive sacraments because of the long distance.

 

FOCUS ON YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THIS LENT; ARCHBISHOP NDLOVU.

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Archbishop Robert Ndlovu

The Archbishop of Harare, Robert Christopher Ndlovu, on 9 February 2018 issued a Lenten campaign message calling on Catholic Christians of his diocese to pay attention to the youth with special needs in accordance with the diocese’s Pastoral Plan. Archbishop Ndlovu reminded the Christians that Lent was a period of serious spiritual commitment and time of sacrifice characterized by prayers, fasting and alms-giving and asked Christians to be in solidarity with the young people with disabilities and special needs.

“I would like to remind you that Lent is a special, grace filled time of the year that we need to embrace with joy, in particular this year which is being dedicated to the young people. Over and above all, it is a period of serious spiritual commitment and time of sacrifice characterized by prayers, fasting and almsgiving. It is as well a period we are called to return to God and be reconciled with Him and neighbor in preparation for Easter celebration, the core of our Christian faith,” Archbishop Ndlovu said in a message that was published in all parishes of the diocese. Continue reading

Bishops Pastoral Letter Paves Way For 2018 Elections

….As the document becomes a template for free and fair elections.        

By Desmond Munemo 

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St. Clare CCJP members deliberating on the BVR process and the Bishops’ pastoral Letter.

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) Pastoral Letter on Zimbabwe forthcoming harmonised 2018 Elections was the backbone for discussions at a workshop held at St. Clare parish in Warren Park in Harare on 18 February 2018. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) representative Mr. Taurai Gavi, who is the Deputy Director of Voter Education presided over the education of parishioners on the Biometric Voter Registration process quoting the ZCBC pastoral letter.The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) members from various parishes facilitated the engagement of the pastoral letter among different guilds members including Mbuya Anna, Hosi yeDenga, Sacred Heart, Simon Peter, Alois and Agnes. The parish council members also attended the Voter Education process.

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St. Clare parishioners engaging the pastoral letter in groups.

 CCJP Official Arkmore Kori emphasized on the structures of the ZCBC and the need to not only read the ZCBC pastoral letters but to engage it in the community, families and take practical action. The facilitators took time to explain the importance of  the message from the Church fathers and the need of being responsible Christians exercising their democratic right through voting. They encouraged Christians to desist from violence and to elect God fearing leaders who will deliver according to their expectations. The congregation raised concerns on the process of voting and the BVR system citing violence and intimidation by political parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Tells Priests to Keep Homilies Brief: ‘no more than 10 minutes!’

Catholic News Agency (CNA) || By Elise Harris || 07 February 2018

pope urges keeping homilies briefOn Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews, offering his recipe for what makes a good homily, saying they should be short and well-prepared.

However, he also pointed to the amount of complaining that happens when people are unenthusiastic about homilies, and told faithful that even when bored, they also have to make an effort by actively listening, and being patient with the limits of their pastor. Continue reading

Fr. Kenneth Makamure Jubilee Celebrations

Fr. Kenneth Makamure of Masvingo Diocese will be celebrating his silver jubilee anniversary as a priest on 24 February 2018 at Gokomere Mission. Home celebrations will be on 25 February at Makamure homestead, Maraire Village in Zimuto. The Bishop of Masvingo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Michael Bhasera will celebrate mass to thank the Lord for the spiritual journey traveled by Fr. Makamure. Fr. Makure was ordained on 9 January 1993 at Gokomere Mission. He was in the same class with Fr. Masanganise and Fr. Mavhiya, former Frs. Chigwende and Foto (Snr) of Gweru Diocese and Frs. Ndhlalambi and Isidore Mutiro of the Archdiocese of Harare. Fr. Kenneth Makamure

Jacob Mpofu of Bulawayo, Conrad Chibango of the then Hwange Diocese and Charles Mbala Mazvimavi were also his classmates at Chishawasha Seminary.

ITS NOT ALL GLOOM AND DOOM BUT JOY LIES AHEAD.

 

Bishop Elect Of Chinhoyi believes poverty of the diocese is not a weakness but a strength.

Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Monsignor Raymond Mupandasekwa Bishop Elect of Chinhoyi DioceseThe Bishop Elect of Chinhoyi has said the joy of his appointment lies in the different religious colours decorating the diocese. For him, different religious congregations and guilds in the diocese serve as a source of strength and hope to keep the diocese running and for this, he vowed to promote the good of each guild and religious institute for the good of the church. Monsignor Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa believes that it is not all gloom and doom but joy lies ahead. Having been appointed by the Holy Father on 30 December 2017 , the Bishop elect leaves his position as the Redemptorist Regional Superior to be the Shepherd of Chinhoyi Diocese where he hopes to break new grounds in relationships and evangelization.

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