Call for a week of prayer for Peace in the country

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21 September 2018
St Matthew, apostle

To:
Priests, religious and lay people

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

“peace is a gift of God entrusted to us”

This was the theme chosen by St John Paul II for the World Day of prayer in 1982. Peace is indeed God’s gift but also a task. In fact, he adds: “God’s gift of peace is therefore also at all times a human conquest and achievement”.

There is, in each one of us, a deep desire for peace: inner peace, peace in our families, in our country and in the whole world.

Fifty years’ ago, launching the day of prayer for peace, Blessed Paul VI wrote: “Peace cannot be based on a false rhetoric of words… Nor can one rightly speak of peace where no recognition or respect is given to its solid foundations: namely, sincerity, justice and love…” Continue reading “Call for a week of prayer for Peace in the country”

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors concludes Plenary Assembly

The 9th ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors took place in Rome from September 7 to 9, 2018.

The Holy Father has emphasized the primary importance of listening to victims /survivors and having their life stories guide the response of the Church in protecting minors from sexual abuse. Members began by listening to two testimonies of people who were affected by clerical child sexual abuse, a victim/survivor and the mother of two adult survivors who were abused as children. The Commission thanks them for sharing their stories with us, for the courage of their witness and for contributing to the learning process. Continue reading “Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors”

Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God (full text)

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Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such “atrocities”.

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis
To the People of God

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26).  These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.  Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike.  Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient.  Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.  The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults. Continue reading “Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God (full text)”

New Principal at Good Shepherd College

Speech by the Principal of Good Shepherd College Sotah Mahanya after commissioning by Bishop Jose Ponce de Leon I.M.C

Rt. Rev Bishop Jose Ponce de Leon I.M.C, Parish Priest Fr. Mabuza, Fr. Makama, CEO, GSH Management, Guest Speaker Mrs. Lwazi Dlamini-Mhlabane, College Academic and Nonacademic staff and Students.

I want to greet you all and I am very appreciative of the large congregation gathered here to honor our College.

This occasion gives me a sense of belonging and importance to the institution; I am delighted to take up the role of Principal at Good Shepherd College. I thank God Almighty for granting me this. Continue reading “New Principal at Good Shepherd College”