ZIMBABWE: Bishops Call for National Cohesion Ahead of Advent


HARARE, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 (CISA)-The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) has called for solidarity, national cohesion and reconciliation in the country as the Church prepares for the season of Advent.

In their pastoral letter released on Wednesday, November 18 the bishops inspired by the word Advent encouraged the faithful to make the cry of John the Baptist, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make his path straight” be heard in all the socio-political, economic and religious spheres of life.

“Whatever our circumstances as individuals, as families, communities, as a nation and at a global level, this is the time we look forward to the good news that comes with the grace of our Lord,” the bishops said.

While emphasizing the difficult times caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the upheavals in the social, economic, spiritual, and educational sectors, the Bishops stressed the need for social relationships that are a “genuine acknowledgement of the other that is made possible by love alone.”

“If we are to care truly for each other, we need to begin by looking at the relationship between people,” the Bishops said, adding that “a true human and humane community can break out of the indifference brought about by consumerism and lack of political charity.”

The bishops encouraged politicians to be charitable and practice politics that is inspired by the encounter with Christ. They encouraged the government to “extend a hand of welcome to all the opposition parties so that advent hope can be rekindled among our suffering people.”

Referring to Pope Francis’ appeal in Laudato sí for profound interior conversion in the face of the ecological crisis, the Bishops called for the urgent necessity of taking steps against the crisis which they said is promoted by poverty, business interests and consumerism.

“Let us use our time to talk creatively, positively and concretely about the future we dream and desire to build the Zimbabwe we want,” the bishops said recommending the return to communal liturgical celebrations.