Why do Catholics venerate relics?

by Fr W. Nkomo

With the relics of St Pope John Paul II on pilgrimage to places that have a link to him, seeing that our diocese in particular is one of them, I found it important to clarify some important elements on the tradition of relics.

What is a relic?

According to the Catholic encyclopedia “a relic is some object, notably part of the body or clothes, remaining as a memorial of a departed saint.” That is, physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Our Lord. They are usually broken down into three classes: 
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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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Celebration of lives lost through HIV/AIDS

by Hamilton Khoza

CELEBRATION OF THE LIVES OF ALL OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WE LOST THROUGH THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC*

On Sunday 1st December 2019, The St. Joseph Sacred Heart Sodality and Parishioners celebrated the beginning of Advent; a period in our Calendar that ushers in observance of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to our world in the form of a human being.

The liturgy was prepared in a way and manner that included celebrating the lives of our brothers and sisters we lost over the years through the dreaded disease caused by acquiring the HIV Virus. This also included a prayer for all those who were affected by the loss of their loved ones.
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Works of Mercy still ongoing at Holy Rosary

by Fr Wiseman Nkomo

The house which the family lived in.

Having arrived at Holy Rosary Mission on the 1st of November 2018, I was informed of an incomplete project of building a house for a needy family in the chiefdom of Velezizweni. This would mean the project would be have been in waiting for 2 years. Through mobilization and appealing for funds to continue and complete the project I got members of the community to donate building materials, money and their skills to complete the project. Continue reading “Works of Mercy still ongoing at Holy Rosary”