This statement is expressed in the document of the Catholic Bishops of Mozambique, of Conference Episcopal Mozambique, CEM, signed by President Lucio Andrade Muandula, pictured.
The Prelate, who is also the current President of IMBISA, addressing the faithful of Mozambican dioceses said, “The presence of the Pope among us means that the Catholic Church in Mozambique is not an isolated church, it is and remains in communion with the whole Church, “.
For the bishop, who is proud of the communion, he describes the Pope’s visit as a reason for hope by subscribing to the theme chosen “Hope, Peace and Reconciliation.” According to him, the Pope comes to help and enliven the traumas caused by the devastation of cyclones IDAI and Kenneth, as well as the communities of Cabo Delgado, “where populations have been suffering because of repeated armed attacks by groups not yet identified,” pointed out.
Francis in Mozambique has an extensive agenda that has already been announced. In addition to the public celebration with the faithful, the great expectation is the interreligious encounter with the young Mozambicans. The Argentine Pope is waiting to encourage the young people’s pastoral agenda in the Southern Africa region and in particular in IMBISA, without proselytizing consequences on other non-believing “minorities” or “majorities”.
The opinion was shared by the Argentines around the world who were contacted by us on this 4th of July, reflecting the missionary interest of Pope Francis this July, about the Justice and the Judgement for the poor sake.
Our interlocutors pointed to the great courage of the Argentine in defences of the emigrants, as advocate of them, “Lampedusa is an example”, they said. Pope Francis asserted his relations with Europe, giving an example of welcoming blacks and defending them in the land of others. “This Pope is not ours,” said a resident in Africa continent.
Francisco still archbishop of Buenos Aires, several times expressed a desire to know Africa, especially Mozambique with whom he had an affective relationship, sending missionary priests to that country. It is the diocese of Chai-Chai, where the Argentine Church has missionaries within the mission “Ad Gents” that means “out of local border”.
The Bishop of Xai ‘Xai shared that he is not surprised by this visit to Mozambique, now Pope Francisco. “I guess he comes to comfort and talk about the ad gents mission,” he said. The African continent in the 50 years of the SECAM rejoices with this visit of Francisco. At the same time, he hopes for greater insinuations for the mission on the continent as a way of rejuvenating the Church.
May almighty God help us to receive on well as a messenger of God
Papa argentino ama a África
A convicção foi partilhada pelos argentinos espalhados pelo mundo contactados por nós, neste dia 4 de Julho 2019, refletindo a intenção missionária do Papa Francisco, neste mês de Julho.
Os nossos interlocutores apontaram para a grande coragem do argentino em defesa dos emigrantes, “Lâmpadusa é um exemplo”, disseram. O Papa Francisco asseverou as suas relações com a europa, dando um exemplo de acolher os pretos e defende-los na terra alheia. “Este Papa não é nosso”, disse uma eupeia residente em Africa.
Francisco ainda arcebispo de Buenos Aires, várias vezes manifestou desejo de conhecer a Africa, especialmente Moçambique com que teve uma relação afetiva, enviando padre missionários para aquele país. Trata-se da diocese de Chai-Chai, onde a Igreja Argentina tem missionários no quadro da missão ad gentes. O Bispo de Chai ’Chai, partilhou que não o surpreende esta visita a Moçambique, do agora Papa Francisco. “Adivinho que ele vem confortar e falar da missão ad gentes”, disse.
O continente africano no quadro dos 50 anos do SECAM rejubila com esta visita de Francisco. Ao mesmo tempo espera de maiores incentivos para a missão no continente, como forma de rejuvenescimento da Igreja.
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 month.
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.
IMBISA counts on the presence of two new Archbishops for the celebration of the reception of the pallium, on the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul.
These are the Archbishop of Pretoria in South Africa, Dabula Anthony Mpako and Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins of Huambo in Angola.
The two are of recent appointment. Archbishop Dabula replaces William Slattery OFM with Zeferino replacing José Alves de Queirós MSR. Both resigned their positions by the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law having reached 75 years of age.
A IMBISA conta com a presença dois arcebispos para a celebração da recepção do palio, na festa dos Apostolo Paulo e Pedro.
O arcebispo de Pretória, Dom Dabula Anthony Mpako, Africa do Sul, e o angolano Zeferino Zeca Martins da Arquidiocese do Huambo.
Os dois são de recente nomeação. O arcebispo de Pretoria substituiu no cargo Dom William Slattery OFM e de Angola a Dom José Alves de Queirós MSR, como Arcebispo do Huambo. Ambos renunciaram ao cargo pela prescrições da Lei Canônica sobre a conclusão dos 75 anos de idade.
The bishops of CEAST have formally requested Pope Francis, at the conclusion of their visit “Ad Limina Apostolorum”, to create more dioceses in their territory.
According to Bishop Belmiro Tchissegueti CSSP, spokesperson of the Episcopal Conference (in photo), the territory is quite huge. The present dioceses are geographically very large and the size of the Christian communities keeps on growing such that this necessitates the creation of new dioceses.
Angola has 20 Dioceses, two of which are currently without a diocesan bishop. The last diocese to be created was the Diocese of Viana, with territory taken from the Archdiocese of Luanda.
At this moment it is not quite clear as to where the new dioceses will be created. Information gathered indicates that the former Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Petar Ragic, was supportive of the need to create more dioceses even though he did not indicate where the new demarcations would be.