Trafficking in Persons Day

by Rev. Dabulamanzi Ntshangase

As it appears on the Diocesan Year Plan, 10th February 2019 is the Trafficking in Persons day. The new desk in the Diocese (Trafficking in Persons), therefore, urges all the Parish Priests to make sure that the Prayer to Saint Josephine Bakhita is said in their parishes on the
aforementioned date.

As of 12th December 2018, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons gives the following definition of Trafficking in Persons:
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Reflection for the fifth Sunday – Year C

by Fr Christopher Maseko

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Are we at all amazed by the faith and obedience showed by Peter towards Jesus when he was ordered to deep his net for a catch. Maybe yes, or not. Peter and companions were experts/professionals in fishing and no one could ever tell them where and when to fish, mind you, they had toiled the whole day and they knew very well that any possibility of catching any fish was next to zero. Due to his humility and perhaps about the previous miracles he had witnessed being performed by the Lord prompted him to obey and lower himself. Though he had a hazy picture about Jesus but because of his faith he felt compelled to abide by the instruction which subsequently elevated him to a higher position.
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I will never forget you (Isiah 49:15)

by Bishop Jose Luis

It has become a tradition. I never asked when it started. I inherited from my predecessor Bishop Louis Ncamiso Ndlovu OSM when I became apostolic administrator of Manzini in 2012. Every year in January, teenagers or their relatives come to the Catholic bishop for some help to pay their High School fees.

Initially, as I shared in the past, I would do this alone. My secretary would let me know how much we had been able to collect during the previous year and I would just help on a first come first served basis.

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“I enjoyed beating stones”

By Mbongiseni Dlamini

Our diocese has been blessed with eight seminarians at present. We asked each one of them to prepare a brief article about their calling and this is what Mbongiseni had to say.

I am Mbongiseni Dlamini, 28 years old from Nkambeni. I’m from an extended family, I’m a first and last born to my mom but to dad I’m a third born. I did my primary at Bhalekane Primary then I went to Sikhunyane high.

I am from a Catholic family. My grandmother was a member of the St Ann’s Sodality. My parish is St Peregrine’s Mission, but I am from an outstation (Good Samaritan) at Nkambeni. When I was young and in primary level I first wanted to be a teacher. I would teach stones at home during holidays because I enjoyed beating the stones, but as I grew up, my wishes changed, I wanted to be a nurse. I was fascinated by their uniform. Then again, when I was doing my form three, things changed.

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