In the Churches Blog

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 ...

Mugabe rumours and Nehanda Radio accusations of Jesuits

June 22, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Okay. This article that surfaced on Nehanda Radio last week (and of course has no name attached to it) is too overstreched to say the least. Just read the following: It is generally rumored among Zimbabweans that, Comrade President was sexually molested by one of his Jesuit mentors. Which seems consistent ...

Reporting on religion in Zimbabwe. That’s if you can call this “reporting”

June 20, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
We were about to reprint Clayton Masekesa’s juicy article “Christians during the day, hookers by night” that appeared last month in The Standard when I routinely googled one of his source’s names. The search revealed to me that a story about Mutare sex workers hit the media already in 2010. In fact, ...

Nolbert Kunonga procedes with his version of Anglicanism..or whatever it is

June 8, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Last month, Bishop Nolbert Kunonga of the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe criticized the Prime Minister, complained about the visit of the controversial Nigerian prophet TB Joshua and expressed his criticism about the draft of the new constitution. Is there any Good News left in this world, Nolbert? According to ...

How mature are Zimbabwean churches to carry the Good News overseas?

June 6, 2012 by Giovanni del Autore
Writing from the United States, Ken Mufuka in his essay “Roman Catholic struggle for identity!” invoked Zimbabwean Christians recently to sympathise with the trials and tribulations of the US Catholic Church. Mufuka argues that the gender discourse in America became so polarizing that the country’s Catholics risk either losing their faith ...

What is wrong with moving out and starting a new church?

May 3, 2012
reprinted with minor corrections and additions from the Newsday by Ropafadzo Mapimhidze  I was so disturbed by remarks of an Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) pastor Amos Madawo who lashed out at pastors who have parted ways with the church to start their own ministries as being ungrateful.   He went ...

Traditional dance, Apostolics and child development in Zimbabwe

April 30, 2012 by Moses Chibaya
Efforts to revive traditional dance in some areas of the country are being derailed by religious beliefs among some sections of the community whose values go against traditional practices. The trend has added on to the multitude of challenges threatening the survival of the traditional dance sector in Zimbabwe, chief among ...

Just how rich is Makandiwa?

April 20, 2012
reprinted with corrections and additions from the Zimbabwe Metro Emmanuel Makandiwa, founder of the United Family International Church, roused Harare with a 61-piece Italian-made Public Announcement system (said to be the only one of its kind in Africa). He has also acquired a 500 kWa back-up generator for the religious meeting. ...

TB Joshua and Zimbabwean dignitaries

April 13, 2012
Patrick Kabwela argues in a Bulawayo 24 article that, despite the intense hatred expressed by some towards Nigerian prophet TB Joshua, many people across Africa talk with such rapture about him that you would think they couldn’t live without him.  Zimbabwe is no exception. President Mills of Ghana acknowledged the authenticity of ...

Rhodesia Herald journalist recalls his encounter with John Bradburne

April 9, 2012
Geoff Bird,  a former journalist who worked on newspapers in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Britain, recently reminisced on one of our posts about the heroic work of Franciscan missionary John Bradburne: As a journalist with the then Rhodesia Herald I and a photographer met John Bradburne at Mutemwa and wrote a ...
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