At the beginning of the new year 2023

by Bp José Luis IMC

(A reflection on Pope Francis 2023 message for peace prepared for our diocesan podcast service)

Livi laba yinyama!

Not sure you are aware, but in the Catholic Church, every year on January 1 which is the feast of Mary Mother of God, we dedicate that very first day of the year to pray for peace.

The Pope issues a message encouraging our prayer and helping us reflect on a special dimension of peace. Continue reading “At the beginning of the new year 2023”

Bishop’s statement on violence

“I am offering you life or death,
blessing or curse”
(Dt 30: 19)

“God’s familiar words in the book of Deuteronomy calls us to choose between life and death. Even more, God invites his people to: “choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live” (Dt 30:19).

Unfortunately, in eSwatini, it is becoming more and more clear that our choice is death.” Continue reading “Bishop’s statement on violence”

We do not “go to Church”

by Bp José Luis IMC

At the beginning of this year our diocese launched the very first “online survey” offering everyone in the diocese the opportunity to share – as baptised and sent – about our journey together.

The word to keep in mind is: “everyone”.

Thinking of the spaces our diocese offers to share on our Christian journey, we realised that only those who are members of a parish council, or a specific sodality are able to do so. The rest, which might be the majority of our Christian community, has not been given that space. In fact, when asked in the survey “which spaces does your Church offer you to share your views, concerns, ideas”, many answered “none”. That is why we launched an “online survey” and that is why we will be placing “suggestion boxes” in every parish for those who would prefer to do it in a different way. Continue reading “We do not “go to Church””