Pilgrimage of the Cross and Icon

By Diocesan Youth Executive Council (2017)

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me!” (Luke 9: 23)

Brief History
It was during the Holy Year of Redemption (1983-1984), Saint John Paul II felt that there should be a Cross – the symbol of our faith – near the main alter at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican where it will be seen by everyone. A large wooden Cross, 3.8 metres high, was placed there according to the Holy Father’s desire. At the end of the Holy Year, after the Pope had closed the Holy Door, he entrusted that Cross to the youth of the world, represented by the young people from the San Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome. His words on that occasion were: Continue reading “Pilgrimage of the Cross and Icon”

Bishop M. Zwane Memorial lecture

On Saturday 29 April 2017 the diocese of Manzini celebrated the first annual lecture in memory of the one who was the first Swazi bishop of the diocese: Mandlenkosi Zwane.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) will on Saturday, 29th April 2017, host the Bishop Mandlenkhosi Zwane Memorial lecture. This is an activity aimed at remembering Bishop Zwane, who was a true stalwart of justice and peace matters locally, regionally and internationally.

The Memorial lecture will be held at the Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral in Manzini, starting at 10:00 a.m. (from the Press Statement)

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A booklet of prayers in SiSwati

By Bishop Jose Luis
The project started a year ago. Arriving in the diocese of Manzini I realized that our “prayer book” was in Zulu and not in SiSwati. Last year, reflecting on my 30th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, I thought of doing something for the diocese. It would be “my way” of celebrating this anniversary.
Pope Francis’ words in 2015 addressing a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s decree on the ministry and life of priests and on priestly training, expressed why I chose to do it in this way:

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