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CCJP condemns heartless evictions in Gokwe

  By Fr. Christopher Wusiku CCJP – Gokwe Coordinator

“Settlers say they paid chiefs cows to get land”

House thatt were destroyed in Gokwe when settlers in Chamagofarms.

House that were destroyed in Gokwe when settlers in Chamagora farms.

Hundreds of people who were living in Mapfungautsi Forest in Gokwe under Chief Njelele and Chief Nemangwe (Headman Ndlalambi) were evicted from their homes by soldiers and riot police on April 11, 2019, for illegal occupation. Continue reading

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Approve the Beatification of John Bradburne

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

John Bradburne with some of the lepers at Mutemwa Leprosy Settlement before he was murdered

John Bradburne with some of the lepers at Mutemwa Leprosy Settlement before he was murdered.

Will Zimbabwe soon have a recognised saint? This is not just a dream but may soon happen in the name of John Bradburne, the Strange Vagabond of God. This comes after the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops signed a letter of placet on the Cause of his Beatification on 30 April 2019. Ground work on the cause of John Bradburne has been going on for many years now with the John Bradburn Memorial Society and the Archdiocese of Harare pushing for the recognition of this martyr of faith whose blood was spilt in Mutoko in 1979. Continue reading

 Sister to Sister Conference sounds a wake-up call to religious women in Africa

By Sr.Cynthia Mgwena CPS & Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Sisters from different congregations in Africa and the United States of America attending the Sister to Sister Conference in Harare.

Sisters from different congregations in Africa and the United States of America attending the Sister to Sister Conference in Harare recently.

Religious Sisters from Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, United States of America and Zimbabwe converged in Harare, Zimbabwe from 29 April to 2 May 2019 on a Sister to Sister programme to deliberate on ways of empowering women in consecrated life under the theme, “Building and Nurturing Communities for Empowerment.” Continue reading

503 students graduate from Catholic University as college expands into dioceses

 

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Archbishop Ndlovu caps one of the graduating students.

Archbishop Robert Ndlovu caps one of the graduating students.

503 students graduated from the Catholic University on Friday, 03 May 2019 as the college continues to expand in almost all dioceses within Zimbabwe. The graduands were from the faculties of humanities and social sciences, commerce and theology with 29 across all faculties graduating with a first class. Continue reading

Catholic Bishops urged to confront all forms of injustice

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Bishops and delegates pay attention during deliberations at the plenary.

Bishops and delegates pay attention during deliberations at the 2019 plenary.

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference plenary session this year emphasised on social justice and working towards meaningful integral human development. This year’s plenary had its objective to promote purposeful involvement of citizens in matters of governance, protection of the environment and child safeguarding. Continue reading

Prince Edward School’s Interact Club donate to St. Charles Luanga after Cyclone Idai.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Prince Edward High School Club offloads donated items destined for St. Charles Luanga that was hit by Cyclone Idai.

Prince Edward High School Club offloads donated items destined for St. Charles Luanga that was hit by Cyclone Idai.

Having been moved by the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai, Prince Edward High School’s Interact Club has on 8 April 2019 donated clothes and groceries to support St. Charles Luanga School that was heavily hit by the disaster. Continue reading

Masvingo Diocese Responds to Cyclone Idai

By Tatenda Mqetu

Cyclone Idai brought devastating effects to manicaland and parts of Masvingo and Midlands.Infrastructre and livelihoods were destroyed by Cyclone Idai that rocked Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

Cyclone Idai brought devastating effects to Manicaland and parts of Masvingo and Midlands. Infrastructure and livelihoods were destroyed by Cyclone Idai that rocked Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

Masvingo Diocese joins the rest of the world in responding to the Tropical Cyclone Idai which ripped through Mozambique before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi becoming the strongest to hit the region since 2008. Continue reading

Mutare’s Peace Ambassador Programme; An Apparatus for Conflict Resolution

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Peace Ambassadors pose for a photo during their training at Matare Diocesan Pastoral Centre.

Peace Ambassadors pose for a photo during their training at Matare Diocesan Pastoral Centre.

Zimbabwe is in great need of peace and reconciliation as political divisions leading to social disintegration have taken a long time to heal. Different efforts are being made to reconcile the people of Zimbabwe. Government, non-governmental groups, churches and civil society have embarked on the national dialogue mantra with the aim of bringing people together in order to rebuild the country. Continue reading

Chief Hama Pleads for Information Communication Technology in Rural Schools: As Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe donate to Mavhaire School

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Teachers and students from Taringana High school rejoice after winning a wheelbarrow for their outstanding performance at the fun-run.

Teachers and students from Taringana Secondary School rejoice after winning a wheelbarrow for their outstanding performance at the fun-run.

Chief Hama, Joseph Zishiri has appealed government and well-wishers to support rural schools through provision of information communication technology material to help rural children grasp the concepts of the new curriculum.  He was speaking at a fun-run organised by the Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ) at Mavhaire Primary School in Chirumanzu on 30 March 2019. Continue reading

New Catholic Schools add weight to education in Zimbabwe: As Maryward Sisters and Sacred Heart Brothers plan gigantic educational development in Midlands.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Maryward Secondary School being built in Kwekwe

Maryward Secondary School being built in Kwekwe.

Maryward Sisters are yet in another gigantic educational development project to provide secondary education by constructing a massive secondary school in Kwekwe’s Mbizo 21. The school whose first block is at an advanced stage will provide secondary education to students from Maryward Primary and other schools in Kwekwe. Continue reading

Open day for religious revives drooping spirit; calls for exemplary life

By Sr. Cynthia Mgwena CPS

Monsignor Gabriele Pesce follow proceedings during deliberations by Bishop Mupandasekwa.

Monsignor Gabriele Pesce follow proceedings at the religious get together in Gweru.

Consecrated men and women in Zimbabwe converged at Regina Mundi in Gweru Diocese for a day of prayer, reflections and togetherness under the theme “Vocation, youth and globalisation: our role as religious”. Gracing the occasion was Bishop Michael Bhasera of Masvingo Diocese and Apostolic Administrator for Gweru Diocese, Bishop Raymond Mupandasekwa of Chinhoyi Diocese and Monsignor Gabriel Pesce who is the charge d’affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature and major religious superiors of diverse congregations. Continue reading

Ecumenical churches of Germany partner Zim Churches in pursuing peace

Representatives of GKKE and Zimbabwe church follow proceeding during the reception.

Representatives of GKKE and Zimbabwe churches follow proceedings during the reception.

By. Br. Alfonce Kugwa

Seeking peace and pursuing it is at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is in this respect that the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference through its Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) invited a delegation of the Joint Conference Church and Development (GKKE) to exchange notes on ways of advancing peace not only in the two countries but in the whole world. Continue reading

Rebuild Hope, Trust, Confidence and Stability in Zimbabwe

Pastoral Letter of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference

on current affairs in the country

Published on 17 January 2019

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, all men and women of good will,

Introduction

(1)   We begin by disowning a recent statement issued in our name during the recent stayaway that started on 14 January 2019. We, the Catholic Bishops of Zimbabwe, never issued any statement during that period. We are dismayed that our name was abused in the manner it was. Continue reading