The Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM), gathered in Plenary Assembly, issued a Pastoral Statement this Friday, 11 November, addressed to the Catholic faithful and all men and women of goodwill.
The Bishops’ document is written around the words of Jesus, “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). They speak first of all of the dream that the country has relentlessly sought of being a sovereign nation that is a protagonist of its future. Yet, 50 years after independence and 30 years after the General Peace Accord the dream continues to be elusive.
However, in the Pastoral Statement, the Bishops observe that the country’s aspirations and dreams have often encountered and still encounter obstacles and threats that test the hopes of achieving these noble objectives. According to their analysis, the challenges and obstacles range from the violent conflict in Cabo Delgado, which has already lasted for more than five years, to the cost of living that is increasingly unbearable for the population, to young people without jobs, opportunities or prospects for the future, and therefore easy prey for terrorism.
Corruption, social injustices and inequalities, exclusion and all other threats and difficulties cannot and will not bring about the country’s dream of freedom, self-determination and well-being, assert the Bishops. They add, “no peace can ever survive in the face of exclusion and social injustices.”
The prelates reiterate and recommit themselves to guiding the nation on a spiritual path and advocate for sincere national dialogue and the equitable delivery of social services across the country if Mozambique is to be consolidated into one family.
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Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you worry about the smallest things, or do you trust God to help you through even the biggest things? Have you ever considered a relationship with God that has no limits, with a God powerful enough to enable you to think, love, and live differently?
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St. Andrew »
Feast Day: November 30
Patron Saint Of: Fisherman
Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew understood that Jesus was greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, "what do you seek?" When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, "Come and see." Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah.
The True Meaning of Advent»
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Trust in the Lord — Bishop Barron»
Friends, a connection with God leads to life and flourishing. When we sever that connection, we experience a drought similar to the one in our first reading today. The Lord responds to our needs, so trust in his providence, and he will not abandon you.