Call within a Call: Fr. Frank Wirz becomes Brother Xavier after 57 years of active priesthood

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Br. Xavier relaxes with Sr. Lydia Fabian at the Manger in Harare as he narrates the story of his transformation. Born on 30 August 1935, Fr. Frank Wirz, a Catholic priest under the Swiz based Bethlehem Mission Society (SMB) turned 85 years in 2020. He has been a catholic priest for … Continue reading Call within a Call: Fr. Frank Wirz becomes Brother Xavier after 57 years of active priesthood

Gokwe Diocese’s Uganda Martyrs Mission turns 50

Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro, Bishop Emeritus Angelo Floro and priests stand at the plaque to mark the 50th anniversary of Uganda Martyrs Mission in Gokwe. Uganda Martyrs, one of the first catholic missions in Gokwe Diocese celebrated its 50th anniversary on 10 October 2020. The Mission that was founded in 1970 was supposed to celebrate its … Continue reading Gokwe Diocese’s Uganda Martyrs Mission turns 50

Caritas Zimbabwe commemorates 5th anniversary of Laudato Si

By CCN Correspondent in Gweru The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) Chairman for Caritas, Archbishop Alex Thomas of the Archdiocese of Bulawayo called the Church to go green and to adopt measures that reduce the effects of climate change. The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC)’Chairman for Caritas, Archbishop Alex Thomas of the Archdiocese of Bulawayo … Continue reading Caritas Zimbabwe commemorates 5th anniversary of Laudato Si

Remembering Sr. Loyola Dressel OP: A woman of wit and great intelligence

Many people could have missed the news of the death of the great music teacher of all time and let alone her burial at Chishawasha Mission cemetery due to COVID-19. However, the Bible says in Revelations 14:13 “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that … Continue reading Remembering Sr. Loyola Dressel OP: A woman of wit and great intelligence

“Here I am, I come to do your will”; new Bishop of Gweru Diocese

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Pope Francis has appointed the bishop of Gokwe, Rt. Rev Rudolf Nyandoro as the bishop of Gweru following the death of Bishop Xavier Munyongani in 2017. The announcement that was made on 11 September by the Nunciature revealed that Bishop Nyandoro had been transferred to lead the Diocese of Gweru that … Continue reading “Here I am, I come to do your will”; new Bishop of Gweru Diocese

Papal Representative ordains two in grand visit to Gokwe under COVID-19 protocols

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Archbishop Paolo Rudelli flanked by Bishop Emeritus, Angel Floro, Rt. Rev. Rudolf Nyandoro, Fr. Damien Gumbo, Frs. Khulekhani Chinegoto and Simbarashe Gumbo. The Papal Nuncio to Zimbabwe, Archbishop Paolo Rudelli ordained two priests for Gokwe Diocese under the COVID-19 protocols where only a selected few were allowed to attend. The ordination … Continue reading Papal Representative ordains two in grand visit to Gokwe under COVID-19 protocols

Pope Francis’ call for a just economic world order as he stands with Zimbabwe in the COVID-19 era.

Papal representative to Zimbabwe, Archbishop Paolo Rudelli The world is sick because of another virus of selfishness. Eradication of COVID-19, poverty, the opportunity to reconsider economic and trade block or sanctions and working for a just economic world order is at the heart of Pope Francis who always advocates for change of attitude in the … Continue reading Pope Francis’ call for a just economic world order as he stands with Zimbabwe in the COVID-19 era.

Shortage of water may worsen COVID-19 situation in rural Zimbabwe

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa The shortage of water in many rural areas may increase the spread of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. The fight against COVID-19 may prove to be very complex in rural Zimbabwe where people battle with different challenges characterised with hunger and starvation owing to drought, political and economic strife. While other regulations like … Continue reading Shortage of water may worsen COVID-19 situation in rural Zimbabwe

THE MARCH IS NOT ENDED

Pastoral Letter of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference On the Current Situation in Zimbabwe 14 August 2020 Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops pose for a picture with Papal Nuncio Archbishop Paolo Rudelli. 1. Introduction John Robert Lewis, an American politician and civil-rights leader, who served in the United States House of Representatives, died recently. At his funeral … Continue reading THE MARCH IS NOT ENDED

Response to COVID-19 still very poor as Catholic Church escalates efforts to fight the pandemic

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa The Catholic Church in Zimbabwe has braced herself in fighting against COVID-19 as the number of infections and deaths continue to rise in the country. The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s Health Commission has been on their toes running awareness and training courses in Catholic hospitals most of whom lie in the … Continue reading Response to COVID-19 still very poor as Catholic Church escalates efforts to fight the pandemic

Bondolfi Teachers’ College closes doors after opening for one day as COVID-19 lock down intensifies

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa Bondolfi Teachers’ College has closed its doors again one day after it opened on Monday following a directive from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education ordering “suspension of face-to-face lectures on Campus in all tertiary education institutions” due to sky rocketing numbers of COVID-19 infections in the country. Students were … Continue reading Bondolfi Teachers’ College closes doors after opening for one day as COVID-19 lock down intensifies

Pastoral Reflections and Exhortations in the Context of COVID-19

Thursday 16 July 2020 A Shepherd’s Reflection Out of heartfelt compassion and a desire to share a message of faith, hope and courage in the context of the scourge of COVID-19, we your Shepherds write to you our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We therefore address ourselves to; Priests, Religious Brothers and Sisters, and … Continue reading Pastoral Reflections and Exhortations in the Context of COVID-19

COVID-19 brings challenges of exclusion in education; Rural learners sing the blues as demands for e-learning worsens their situation.

By Br. Alfonce Kugwa COVID-19 has created worse the challenges for the already burdened education system, let alone children from poor backgrounds who cannot access the so called e-learning facilities. With the current economic situation, only children from affluent families can afford to venture into e-learning platforms making education an elitist right. Those from already … Continue reading COVID-19 brings challenges of exclusion in education; Rural learners sing the blues as demands for e-learning worsens their situation.