In the Churches Blog

Fr Oscar Wermter SJ: We have to be very watchful to see if this Constitution will be honoured

March 29, 2013 by Oskar Wermter SJ
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP – national office), Heads of Denominations (an inter-church body which includes ZCBC) and the Evangelical Alliance, all put out statements urging people to vote YES at he recent referendum for the Draft Constitution. The Zimbabwean Catholic  Bishops  (ZCBC) and  the Bishops of  Southern ...

Mbare Report No. 116 Orphan evicted from the house. But nobody asked whether Kunonga or not rented the house out

December 28, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
Some years ago the people living to the east of Madzima Road in Mbare were without water for many months. Every morning one could see women and big girls setting out with buckets and plastic containers to find water somewhere, e.g. with friends and relatives in remote parts of Mbare, ...

Mbare Report No. 113 I feel assaulted by ‘prophet”s wardrobe-sized sound system

September 19, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
A few days ago I told some mothers and fathers at a neighbourhood meeting, “There is not a family here in Mbare without some members living and working in South Africa.” The confirmation of my statement was immediate. The woman of the house lined up for me her five sons ...

Mbare Report No. 111 “AIDS orphans” is a discriminatory term. Though it describes the conditions of children who have lost their parents due to AIDS quite accurately

July 15, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
Even in Mbare you need to use “politically correct language.” I have learnt that handicapped people want to be called “differently abled”. At least those fluent in English – the Shona speakers don’t know what the fuss is all about. “AIDS orphans,” I am told, is discriminatory, even though it describes ...

Mbare Report No. 110 A Real Dilemma

June 30, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
Mai Fungai has not been seen in church or at any other community function for some time. She has never been in good health, but now the mother of five grown-up daughters, all single mothers with babies, is worse. She can hardly breathe. She desperately needs to be seen by ...

Mbare Report No. 105 Our little miracles

March 16, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #169, a Jescom publication. This morning a young woman came to say good-bye. She had come from New Zealand to attend the funeral of her grandmother. This afternoon she is flying back to her family and her job as a nursing sister. “Don’t ...

On Catholics’ solidarity with Zimbabwe’s Anglican community

November 2, 2011 by Oskar Wermter SJ
This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #166, a Jescom publication. If you ask party members and leaders they are all against violence as a political tactic. In the meantime, political intimidation and terror continue. The mere running around of those well-known agitators in large groups, singing militant songs, is ...

Nature gives to the one who is tired with work

October 31, 2011 by Oskar Wermter SJ
reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #166, a Jescom publication. “Makandiwa cashes in” was a recent headline. Religion has become a business. It seems to be as fraudulent as stock exchange speculation where people make money not by production, but by playing with figures. The “prophet” promises prosperity if the gullible pay ...

Mbare Report No. 101 Staying alive in Mbare

October 11, 2011 by Oskar Wermter SJ
This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #165, a Jescom publication. Some unknown “artists” managed to get into our parish centre and paint their party slogans on the walls. Our people were very annoyed. Within 24 hours these “works of art” were scraped off and painted over. A lively discussion ...

Mbare Report No. 99 Reflections on marriage

August 2, 2011 by Oskar Wermter SJ
 This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #163, a Jescom publication. Julia wants to get married to her husband in church, but he is unemployed and cannot pay “roora/lobola”. Her parents are dirt poor and hope for some cattle/’mombe’ or the equivalent in cash. The purpose of ...
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