Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference

Religious leaders have called for the scrapping of the death penalty

August 11, 2011
According to The Herald, legal experts and some religious leaders have called for the scrapping of the death penalty, calling it irrational and extreme. They suggested the replacement of the death penalty with life imprisonment. This comes at a time when 55 murderers, one of whom was convicted 13-years-ago, are ...

Catholic justice leader fears priests could be targeted

July 7, 2011
According to Catholic News Service, the national director of Zimbabwe’s Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace said he fears that priests could be victimized after a recent commission statement urging political leaders to intervene to stop politically motivated skirmishes in the capital, Harare. Bishops and priests were targeted after the ...

Reflections on Mugabe and the Vatican

May 18, 2011
James Kirchick, who has reported from Zimbabwe, in a recent article entitled “Love the Sinner. Why is Robert Mugabe visiting the Vatican?” analyzes the uneasy relationship between the Vatican and Zimbabwe’s President. “Robert Mugabe has long been an admirer of the Catholic Church. Born at a Catholic mission station in ...

Mugabe’s attendance at beatification in Rome stirs controversy

May 2, 2011
The late Pope John Paul II was beatified yesterday in St. Peter’s Square before a crowd of one million Catholics and world leaders which included President Mugabe. The Herald reports that President Mugabe was accompanied at the ceremony by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and their sons Chatunga and Robert ...

Pastoral Letters Versus Party Ideology

April 30, 2011
The most recent letter of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops in Jan. 2011, is entitled Let us Work for the Common Good. It is not the first time that the bishops have addressed this topic. A previous letter was written in 1998. The recent letter set this writer wondering about a ...

Can the Churches Help Prevent Zimbabwe’s Road to Reform Becoming Another Dead End?

April 28, 2011
On 27 April 2011, the International Crisis Group (ICG) released a report titled, ‘Zimbabwe: The Road to Reform or Another Dead End?’ The report offers a sobering evaluation of politics in Zimbabwe since the Global Political Agreement (GPA). It also raises concerns that the next election and a possible referendum ...

Arrests during Harare prayer for peace

April 12, 2011
The police has intervened twice over the past weekend to halt a prayer initiative in Harare, accusing the organizers of holding a political event without  required authorization, reports the Missionary International Service News Agency (MISNA) citing  the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference as a source. Various arrests have taken place. The ...

Deconstructing the Pastoral Letters – Let Us Work for the Common Good

April 11, 2011
In her contribution on the pastoral letter by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference, Gladys Ganiel asks ‘But who listens to the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference? Who reads their letters? Do their ideas filter down to Catholics in the parishes and other people of goodwill? These are very pivotal questions that ...

Christianity, Violence and Elections – On the recent ZCBC’s Pastoral Letter

April 7, 2011
‘One cannot be a true Christian and a perpetrator of violence at the same time.’ That unequivocal statement comes on page six of a pastoral letter of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference, ‘Let us Work for the Common Good: Let us Save our Nation (pdf),’ issued on 14 January 2011. There’s ...

Zimbabwe Churches call for lasting peace

February 27, 2011
A statement by the Heads of Christian Denominations in Zimbabwe (HOCD)   We, the Churches in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) re-affirm our conviction that all human beings are born with God given inalienable rights. ...
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