Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees

By Migrants and Refugees section (Holy See)

“The contribution of migrants and refugees is fundamental to the social and economic growth of our societies. It is a potential that is ready to be realised, if only we give it a chance.
In your opinion, how can we foster the development of this potential?” Pope Francis

In addition to the Holy Father’s, there is also Lucy’s testimony, an immigrant to Kenya who with her work and skills is contributing to the development of the community and the economy of the country. Continue reading “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees”

Migrants and Refugees: a coordinated and sustainable response

By the SACBC

“I learned that you can be migrant even within your own community, in our parish we are not that concerned about reaching out to migrants and refugees, I will try hard to create a group/ committee to look at working with migrants and refugees in our parish,” said Thulile from St. Jude parish, on the attendees of a workshop on Migration in Eswatini.

It was a meeting of members of the Eswatini Council of Catholic Women (ECCW) from the 17 parishes in Eswatini. Twenty-three women, representing 16 parishes, met in the diocese of Manzini for a three-day workshop, from 29th April to 01 May 2022, on Migration under the theme “Migrants and Refugees: A Coordinated and Sustainable Response.” Continue reading “Migrants and Refugees: a coordinated and sustainable response”

ECCW in solidarity with Refugees

by Doris Makhubu

The Eswatini Council of Catholic Women (ECCW) went to handover a donation to the Refugee Reception Camp (Malindza) on June 17, 2020. Their main focus was hygiene so their donation included mostly sanitary pads and soap, among other things. Below is the speech of the Chairperson Make Doris Makhubu.


Your Lordship, the Most Reverend Jose Ponce de Leon, Bishop of Manzini; Rev. Fr Mabuza under whose jurisdiction this Refugee Reception Camp falls, we thank you for shepherding us at this difficult time in the history of not only the church but the whole world. We thank Caritas for coordinating this meeting today under the prevailing Covid-19 conditions. We also thank the commissioner for allowing us to lend a hand in providing for the basic hygiene needs of our brothers and sisters. We are not going to distribute to families as has been the norm but trust the Commissioner’s office to do that. Continue reading “ECCW in solidarity with Refugees”

Our journey with refugees

by Bishop Jose Luis

The places and reasons that bring us together in our diocese are always a sign of what we believe.

Last month we came together at the Cathedral to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of Fr Ntshangase. The place was packed.

Next month we will again come together at “Santissima Annunziata” in Florence for our annual pilgrimage. We know also the place will be crowded like the previous years.

On Saturday 20 July, our diocese came together at the Malindza Refugee Reception Centre. The visit to the refugee camp is also for us an annual event and an expression of our faith. The event is organised by the Swaziland / Eswatini Council of Catholic Women (SCCW). It brings together delegates from all the parishes. Continue reading “Our journey with refugees”