In the Churches Blog

Some Johanne Marange members see their children as bricks

September 27, 2012
The Johanne Marange group is allegedly Zimbabwe’s second biggest Apostolic church. Of the 101 children Arnold Muzaruwetu fathered, he is survived by only 25. 76 died and most of them even before their 5th birthday. He passed away in April leaving behind 14 wives among whom is one who today ...

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 ...

What the satanist refugees story teaches us

September 13, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Earlier this week, RelZim posted two stories that I can’t ignore discussing in public. “Police prepare to deport three satanists” and “Kambuzuma’s “Mother Theresa” invites you to look after children” appeared on our front page on the same day. But they seem to be worlds apart. The former is an account of ...

Do we really believe Jesus has “all power, all authority?”

September 5, 2012
Switzerland is a country of high mountains covered in snow all the year round. It is invigorating to walk there and breathe the pure air. I was staying with friends and one day we approached the highest peak, the Matterhorn, but we had to be satisfied with seeing if from ...

What a graduate of the UZ medical school thinks of the ‘salvation’ from the white Howard Hospital doctor

August 22, 2012
Unless you have been living in a cave the past month or so, you most likely have come across news that Salvation Army‘s Dr. Paul Thistle who through his dedicated service for the past 16 years has endeared himself to the community of Chiweshe (Mashonaland Central) in particular, will be leaving Howard ...

Married man’s meal. Muti included

August 14, 2012
Now almost half-naked owing to persistent assaults, the young lass tried to resist, but was dragged forward by the jeering crowd like a goat being led to slaughter.“Husband snatcher,” “Prostitute,” “Killer,” “Kamuroyi,” part of the crowd shouted as others lunged into her with half-round chicken kicks. Others struck the girl ...

Do we in the church just remain silent? Do we have a plan to do anything at all?

July 29, 2012
Benjamin Freeth is a Zimbabwean farmer and human rights activist from the district of Chegutu (ca 120 km southwest of Harare). Together with his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, he rose to international prominence after 2008 for suing the government for violating rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe. This process was documented in the 2009 film Mugabe and the ...

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 ...

The constraints of poverty may not disappear overnight. But now these children can dare to dream.

July 14, 2012
By Joe Arimoso SJ   Football again! Yes, football, the madness that has dogged me from the time I was at Makumbi mission in 2003. With the help of KitAid (a charity organisation in the UK) I now run three registered soccer academies in Norton, Kuwadzana and Mbare. Involving about 300 ...

Chishawasha seminary’s True Humanity

June 30, 2012
The seminary to most people is a place where aspiring priests are quietly inducted into theology and scriptural studies, full stop. The Roman Catholic Chishawasha seminary is venturing into research and reflections through a journal Vera Humanitas (True Humanity) which is the first publication of such kind since the seminary was ...
Page 21 of 26« First...10...1920212223...Last »