Relics of St John Paul II to our diocese

by Bishop José Luis IMC

It was nearly 32 years’ ago when Pope John Paul II visited the (now) Kingdom of Eswatini on 16 September 1988. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 1 May 2011 and canonised on 27 April 2014 by Pope Francis.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the visit of the one who we now call: Saint John Paul II, the Cathedral created a chapel where to pray for his intercession. It was blessed by Fr Dumisani Vilakati in 2018.

On Sunday 26 January 2020, the diocese will host a very special event when relics of St John Paul II will be brought to his chapel at the Cathedral. “Relic” derives from the Latin reliquiae, meaning "remains" (notably part of the body or clothes, remaining as a memorial of a departed saint).
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January 2020: Promotion of World Peace

by Pope Francis

Popes’s Prayer Intention: January 2020
Evangelization prayer intention: Promotion of World Peace

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of goodwill, to reconciliation and fraternity.

Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world. Continue reading “January 2020: Promotion of World Peace”

Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

by Fr. D. Mazibuko OSM

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1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7s
2nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38
Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17

Once again this Sunday Mother Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. As a church, we are once again given an opportunity to remember and celebrate a significant and defining moment in the life of the Lord. Just like it was a significant moment for Jesus, so it is for us today. This Feast is not just for Jesus alone, but it is our Feast too. In that spirit, today, we too remember, reflect and celebrate our own individual Baptisms. Continue reading “Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord”

Solemnity of Christmas

by Fr Dabulamanzi Ntshangase

Christmas: Mass during the day

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas. The prologue to the Gospel of John, today’s gospel reading, has two parts. The first part (1:1-11) speaks of the Word who is eternally present with God. He brings light and life to the world. Sadly, the world rejected the Word. However, in the second part (1:12-18) the response to Word seems to be positive. The word becomes one of us and lives among us. To those who accept him, he gives the power to become children of God. The Word is Jesus Christ. He is the Emmanuel, the God with us. He is the new born baby of whose birthday we celebrate today. It is my prayer that we do not reject him in our lives but rather welcome him to reign our hearts.
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