Two missionaries, Frs. Landry and Romao, were brutally murdered. This was after unknown persons apparently gained access into the priests’ residence and conducted a robbery as well as torturing the priests with acid (battery-water).
Both priests died after a number of attempts to stabilize them in hospital were unsuccessful. Their funeral will be held this week in Maputo.
The persecution of missionaries who work with the poor seems to be a new weapon of the enemies of the Catholic Church in the country. Both priests were missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and worked in the Province of Sofala.
The Church mourns the death of these zealous missionaries and continues to pray for their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed.
Uma delegação da Reunião Inter-Regional dos Bispos da África Austral (IMBISA), liderada pelos Arcebispos Gerlán Tlali Lerotholi OMI, Vice-Presidente do IMBISA e Robert Christopher Ndlovu, Secretário Geral, foi recentemente recebida pelo Secretário Executivo da África Austral. Desenvolvimento Social (SADC), Sra. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, no Secretariado da SADC em Gaborone, Botswana.
A delegation of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), led by Archbishops Gerard Tlali Lerotholi O.M.I., Vice-President of IMBISA and Robert Christopher Ndlovu, Secretary General, was recently received by the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Mrs. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.
IMBISA, being an association of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa comprising of nine countries namely Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has always wished to engage with SADC with the sole aim of contributing to the development of peoples in the region.
During the meeting the leadership of IMBISA shared on the mission of the Church in Southern Africa especially in the service and promotion of humanity in general. Archbishop Lerotholi clearly identified the focus area of IMBISA which have mainly to do with human rights. These include human trafficking, peace and reconciliation, elections, women’s issues, youth and climate change. He also indicated that IMBISA had already been working with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations as well as National Parliaments in the Region as seen in the activities of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO).
On her part Mrs. Tax indicated her joy in receiving the leadership of the Catholic Church in the region and expressed her willingness to cooperate with the Church in the focus areas of IMBISA. In fact she indicated that the focus areas of the Church are also focus areas for SADC. Her wish was to see the Church engaging in some form with the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
Os membros Conselho Permanente da IMBISA reuniu-se nos dias 14 e 15 de Maio de 2019, em Johannesburg, Africa do Sul, com os presidentes das conferências episcopais, sob a liderança de Dom Lúcio Muandula, presidente da IMBISA.
The IMBISA Standing Committee together with the Presidents of the member Episcopal Conferences met in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 14th -15th May 2019, under the leadership of Bishop Lúcio Muandula, president of IMBISA.
The two-day meeting deliberated on the next Plenary Assembly to be held in Maputo, Mozambique from the 13th -17th November 2019. Participants exchanged views on the theme of the plenary assembly which will inform the pastoral life of the Church in the region for the next three years.
Facilitation was done by Mike Greef who also updated the participants on the Coordinated Leadership Plan which stretches from 2016-2021. He encouraged the bishops on the importance of regional communion between bishops.
The meeting was also briefed on the activities taking place in the different departments of IMBISA in light of the last plenary assembly in Maseru, Lesotho. The Maseru assembly had resolved that the laity be engaged in environmental matters, with particular reference to Laudato Si. At the time of the meeting the Secretaries General and young people from the IMBISA region had already held workshops on Laudato Si.