Bisdom OudtshoornSoup kitchen at St. Charles

From our correspondent.

Mossel Bay, At. St. Charles Llwanga Catholic Church the community, old and young of kwaNonqaba is provided with, which for many is the only meal of the day, on Monday and Thursdays. The soup kitchen is able to function due to the generosity of a group of sponsors, and needless to say, the parish priest reports, the demand during the school holiday is even greater.

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SACBC
SACBC STATEMENT ON THE INCLIMENT WEATHER AND RAVAGING FIRES


The bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishop's Conference offer their deepest sympathy and condolences to family members and friends of those who have recently lost loved ones due to the inclement weather in the Western Cape and the ravaging fires in the Southern and Eastern Cape. For some months now we have been praying for rain in the Western Cape and we are grateful to God that at last some relief has been given to this drought-stricken area. The violence of the storm of last week, however, resulted in the loss of life and the displacement of people. While continuing to pray for rain in the area, we humbly request the Lord to save us from floods and other devastation.

We salute and congratulate firefighters and other emergency personnel who regularly risk their own lives in order to preserve the lives and properties of others. We are deeply indebted to you.

We are also grateful to all those who have responded so generously by making donations to bring relief to those who have been displaced and left homeless. We call on all South Africans to continue making donations in order to help those affected to rebuild their lives. The Church, through her different agencies, will also play her part in offering whatever assistance we can, and to this end the Bishops’ Conference has made some funds available to the affected areas.

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Weleerwaarde Biskop Francisco Fortunato de Gouveia

Bishop writes...

Oudtshoorn, 8 June 2017

'One Minute for Peace'

Pope Francis has invited us all to participate in the “Minute for Peace” TODAY at 1 p.m. (Thursday, June 8, 2017), in memory of the meeting of the Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican Gardens with the Pope and with Patriarch Bartholomew I, to pray together for peace on June 8, 2014.

In his General Audience yesterday (Wednesday, June 7), in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said: “The initiative ‘One Minute for Peace’ is being taken up again in different countries. A moment of prayer on the anniversary of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the late Israeli President Peres, and Palestinian President Abbas. There is so much need, in our time, for praying – Christians, Jews and Muslims – for peace.”

Participants are invited to interrupt their daily activities and dedicate a minute to reflect and pray according to their religious tradition for peace in the world. This ‘minute’ can be done individually or in groups, in the street or in the church, in family, at school or in the workplace.

Most will only see this after the fact so take that minute now.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred let me sow love …..”


 
SACBC Justice and Peace Commission
SACBC Justice and Peace Commission | Take Action to Demand Justice in Land Restitution Processs

Pretoria, 6 June 2017

Justice and Peace initiativesSome of the rural communities in Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo have been waiting for more than ten years for the government to process their land restitution claims. We thank the Lord for the justice and peace activists from three dioceses (Umzikhulu, Witbank and Polokwane) who are working with such communities to demand land justice.

We thank the Catholic lawyers who are assisting such communities with their land claims. We invite more Catholics who are lawyers to contact us if they also want to help.

You too can take action.
Through our baptism, we are all made priests, kings and prophets.
What have you done recently to demand justice and live out your prophetic calling?

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith but do not have works? Can that faith save them?" (James 2:14)

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