Pope and the challenge of “Peace, Hope and Reconciliation” in Mozambique
August 26, 2019
of peace, hope and reconciliation dominate the expectations of the faithful in
Mozambique and beyond as they await the arrival of Pope Francis. Although it is
not evident that there are voices saying that the Pope is a political victim of
the political strategy for the next elections, nevertheless we can only say
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
our visit to the Diocese of Tete which is borders Malawi, we have since been
able to visit the Catholic communities in Beira and Nampula as well, two
archdioceses that tell the story of 75 years of evangelisation.
Pax, which is in the Archdiocese of Beira near the Gorogonza Mountain,
recalls the efforts of Archbishop Jaime
Pedro Gonçalves in the service of peace in Mozambique. “Peace is such a
precious asset that it needs to be cherished”.
Encontro”, which is located in Nampula emphasises the need for peace, especially
in the context of the recent cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
Bishop of Pemba Luiz Fernando Lisboa CP describes the sad situation of violence
in the province of Cabo Delgado. The sad situation is that until now it is not
clear what or who is the cause of this violence. This is like, in his words, “Fighting
a Ghost”. “As long as the
people are used by invisible powers that impose their interests, there will be
no peace, no reconciliation and much less hope in Mozambique.”
and Nampula have both been affected by the events in Cabo Delgado as well as
the cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
back to the Pope’ visit, it is thus heartening to note that pastoral agents
have reacted positively to the invitation of the Episcopal Conference of
Mozambique pertaining to the Pope’s visit. The communiqué, signed by CEM
President Bishop Lúcio Muandula, Bishop of Xai-Xai, indicates that Hope, Peace
and Reconciliation is the motto chosen for the visit of the Pope. As such we
can look forward to the rekindling of the spirit of the people of Mozambique
who have been traumatised by the violent events unfolding in Capo Delgado as
well as the recent cyclones.