Testing for Covid-19 still erratic in many hospitals

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Nurses screen visitors to Muvonde at the gate to the hospital. The issue of testing for Covid-19 is still critical in many hospitals in Zimbabwe with some hospitals having received fewer test kits not enough even to test their frontline staff. This was revealed at Muvonde Mission Hospital under Gweru Diocese … Continue reading Testing for Covid-19 still erratic in many hospitals

St. Joseph and his lessons for our time

By Benjamin Chaya Pope Francis declared the year of St. Joseph through the Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”).The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis proclaimed a special “Year of St. Joseph,” … Continue reading St. Joseph and his lessons for our time

Tribute to “Madede” Br. John Burkart: The man who defined the Brothers of St. Paul

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa The late Br. John Burkart SMB He was for some time a pilot for Gweru Diocese, flying the Cessna aircraft bought by American doctors who manned mission hospitals, a mechanic, an electrician, a singer and a great cook before he dedicated the greater part of his life as the Novice Master … Continue reading Tribute to “Madede” Br. John Burkart: The man who defined the Brothers of St. Paul

Classes of People Who Visit Me in a Parish

By Fr. Matthew Pasi Madziva  The table below is basically a snapshot of what happens in a normal parish situation on a daily basis as experienced by the writer in his 19 years of pastoral experience. The table shows, 1) the classes of people who make the day for a priest, we may call them … Continue reading Classes of People Who Visit Me in a Parish

Fight Covid-19 stigma: Coronavirus challenges us to exercise virtues of charity and compassion

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Covid-19 may cause conflicts in communities and families if the situation is not handled properly. Disasters naturally trigger sentiments of fear among the affected communities, groups and families. Worse still, humanitarian disasters that come in form of diseases instill more fear and mistrust among people as they suspect each other of … Continue reading Fight Covid-19 stigma: Coronavirus challenges us to exercise virtues of charity and compassion

“Let the Children come to me” Mt 19:14

By Fr. Simplisio Manyika O’Carm Pontifical Mission Societies The Feast day of our “Young Missionaries” is fast approaching. This year the Feast will be celebrated on the 7th of February. Will churches be open by then? Only God knows. If not, how will the Church help our children celebrate their important day on the Church … Continue reading “Let the Children come to me” Mt 19:14

Protecting others from Covid-19 is everyone’s responsibility

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Sr. Rudo Mastika OP, the Regional Prioress of the Dominican Sisters in Zimbabwe. As Covid-19 continues to ravage communities, the Dominican Sisters in Zimbabwe have come up with strict guidelines that help protect the members of the congregation from the virus. Four of the Dominican Sisters have been infected and thank … Continue reading Protecting others from Covid-19 is everyone’s responsibility

The journey of faith in the COVID-19 storm

By Benjamin Chaya Benjamin Chaya The COVID-19 pandemic has proved the biggest calamity of the present generation. The few of the old generation who experienced the World wars and the Spanish flue of 1918 can attest to a similar experience.  In relation to the Spanish flue, it is estimated that about 500 million people or … Continue reading The journey of faith in the COVID-19 storm

Carmelite Superior calls for psychosocial support for communities affected by Covid-19

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Covid-19 has challenged the authority of the church in a way that has never been imagined. The superior of the Handmaids of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (HLMC) commonly known as the Carmelite Sisters, Sr. Madeline Chapisa, highlighted the need for psychosocial support in religious communities whose members have been affected … Continue reading Carmelite Superior calls for psychosocial support for communities affected by Covid-19

Embracing the new normal before breaking into fragments: Understanding the government’s directive on the movement of bodies

By Rev. Fr. Limukani Ndlovu Zimbabwe's society should get used to changes brought about by COVID-19. The directive of non-movement of bodies is one thing that people should appreciate as a good measure in fighting the pandemic. Jesus called for his contemporaries to urgently embrace the new normal in his first proclamation of the kingdom … Continue reading Embracing the new normal before breaking into fragments: Understanding the government’s directive on the movement of bodies

Religious communities in Zimbabwe urged to create isolation centres as COVID- 19 rears its ugly head in convents

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa  Religious communities of sisters, priests and brothers in Zimbabwe are at high risk of contracting the deadly corona virus. This is because of the nature of their life which compels them to share most facilities such as houses of prayer, recreation, bath rooms and refectory. Most of the religious communities especially … Continue reading Religious communities in Zimbabwe urged to create isolation centres as COVID- 19 rears its ugly head in convents

520 GRADUATE AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY AS STUDENT POPULATION INCREASES TO 4 000.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa 520 students graduated from the Catholic University of Zimbabwe on Friday, 13 April 2018. The graduates were capped by the university Chancellor, Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu in the presence of all Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops, representatives of the Ministry of Education and friends of the Catholic University.  This was the 15th graduation … Continue reading 520 GRADUATE AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY AS STUDENT POPULATION INCREASES TO 4 000.

CHURCH URGED TO REMOVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DARK SIDE OF LIFE.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Children and the Youth were at the centre of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s plenary meeting discussions for 2018. The plenary that took place from 10 -11 April looked at ways of promoting interests of children and the youth in the Church especially this year when the universal church celebrates the … Continue reading CHURCH URGED TO REMOVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DARK SIDE OF LIFE.

CHINHOYI DIOCESE RECEIVES BISHOP RAYMOND MUPANDASEKWA IN A COLOURFUL CEREMONY.

Thousands of Christians from across Zimbabwe’s eight Catholic Dioceses thronged Chinhoyi University grounds on Saturday, 7 April 2018 to witness the consecration of the third Bishop of Chinhoyi, Rt. Rev. Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa. The consecration was attended by Bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters from different congregations and orders. The Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe, … Continue reading CHINHOYI DIOCESE RECEIVES BISHOP RAYMOND MUPANDASEKWA IN A COLOURFUL CEREMONY.