May They Meet In Heaven

Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

mandelaWe heard of the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela with great sadness. Nonetheless we cannot help but call to mind the words of Scripture:

“Let us now sing the praises of famous men, great men in their generations….They ruled their governments wisely, were known for their valour. Their counsel displayed wisdom, they saw things from afar.” (Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3) Continue reading May They Meet In Heaven

Madiba Nelson Mandela: Africa’s Most Distinguished Elder Statesman

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A statement by Africa Faith and Justice Network Executive Director, Aniedi Okure, OP

Africa’s greatest political icon, former South African President Madiba Nelson Mandela has joined the ranks of Africa’s ancestors. Madiba Mandela was by all accounts one who believed in the goodness of people and had a strong faith in the goodness of human nature. He preached and practiced forgiveness. He was keenly aware of the role society plays in creating and fostering stereotypes and in enforcing class divisions and conflict. In his Long walk to Freedom Madiba Mandela noted that “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.” These attitudes are learned and, for Mandela, if people “can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Continue reading Madiba Nelson Mandela: Africa’s Most Distinguished Elder Statesman

Pope Francis December 12 Address on Human Trafficking to New Ambassadors

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ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THE NEW AMBASSADORS ACCREDITED TO THE HOLY SEE
ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LETTERS OF CREDENCE

Clementine Hall
Thursday, 12 December 2013

Your Excellencies,

I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the presentation of the Letters accrediting you as Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See on the part of your respective countries: Algeria, Iceland, Denmark, Lesotho, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Burundi, Malta, Sweden, Pakistan, Zambia, Norway, Kuwait, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Jordan.

I thank you for the warm words which you have addressed to me and for the greetings from your Heads of State. I would ask you to convey to them my own best wishes for their well-being and for their important work. I would like to greet also, through you, the civic and religious authorities of your countries, and all your fellow citizens, with a special thought for the Catholic communities. Continue reading Pope Francis December 12 Address on Human Trafficking to New Ambassadors

Former South Sudan ministers arrested over ‘coup’

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The BBC's Moses Rono says the atmosphere in Juba and elsewhere is tense
The BBC’s Moses Rono says the atmosphere in Juba and elsewhere is tense

Ten senior political figures, including the former finance minister, have been arrested in South Sudan after a coup attempt, the government has said.

The authorities are looking to question five other prominent figures, including former Vice-President Riek Machar.

The country has seen two days of violent clashes, which President Salva Kiir blames on soldiers loyal to Mr Machar, who was dismissed in July.

More than 60 soldiers have been killed in the clashes, doctors have said. Continue reading Former South Sudan ministers arrested over ‘coup’