An initiative of Bishop Angel Floro ‘pictured’,
Bishop Emeritus of Gokwe in Zimbabwe, urges the Church community of Southern
Africa to awaken to the “Missio ad Gentes”.
He, together with his confreres, have put together a document for reflection
which has been distributed to all the episcopal conferences in the IMBISA area.
The document encourages Bishops and diocesan priests to seriously consider
dedicating themselves to the “Mission ad Gentes”.
This is in view of the forthcoming celebrations of the extraordinary missionary
Angel Floro is a Spanish national. He
arrived in Africa as a “fidei donum” missionary in Zimbabwe in 1965.
He has worked in the promotion of local vocations and was later called upon to
serve the Church as Bishop of Gokwe. As bishop he worked for IMBISA as General
Secretary for a number of years right up to 2017.
According to him, missionary awakening is
the only way to rejuvenate the Church in the Southern region of the African
continent where communities have the most diverse charisms of the received and
lived gospel. Pope Benedict XVI, in Africae
Munus says, “Africa stand up” and Bishop Floro says, “IMBISA rise”.
The region of IMBISA has some experience of
diocesan priests having been sent on mission and has also received many priests
in this regard. Some response in this regard has been seen in Angola and one
diocese in South Africa which sends priests to other South African dioceses. Some
priests have even been sent outside the continent, especially from Angola,
despite the cultural and political challenges when such things happen. As such,
Bishop Floro emphasises the need of a proper formation program for would be
missionary diocesan priests.