Weleerwaarde Biskop Francisco Fortunato de Gouveia

Bishop writes...

Oudtshoorn, 1 September 2017

Happy Spring Day to all! In the Church it is the beginning of our celebration of the Season of Creation which ends on 4th October – the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis declared 01 September the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION in 2015, the same year he issued his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. The Orthodox Church has commemorated the Day since 1989.

In our diocese we will all come together for our CELEBRATION OF CREATION on 25 September, the first day of a Novena for the Care of Creation called for by our Bishops’ Conference. The Novena concludes on the Feast of St. Francis, patron saint of Ecology.

 
Bisdom OudtshoornFrom the Diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies Director

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Bisdom OudtshoornSoup kitchen at St. Charles

From our correspondent.

Mossel Bay, At. St. Charles Llwanga Catholic Church the community, old and young of kwaNonqaba is provided with, which for many is the only meal of the day, on Monday and Thursdays. The soup kitchen is able to function due to the generosity of a group of sponsors, and needless to say, the parish priest reports, the demand during the school holiday is even greater.

Soup kitchen at St. CharlesSoup kitchen at St. Charles Soup kitchen at St. Charles

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SACBC
SACBC STATEMENT ON THE INCLIMENT WEATHER AND RAVAGING FIRES


The bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishop's Conference offer their deepest sympathy and condolences to family members and friends of those who have recently lost loved ones due to the inclement weather in the Western Cape and the ravaging fires in the Southern and Eastern Cape. For some months now we have been praying for rain in the Western Cape and we are grateful to God that at last some relief has been given to this drought-stricken area. The violence of the storm of last week, however, resulted in the loss of life and the displacement of people. While continuing to pray for rain in the area, we humbly request the Lord to save us from floods and other devastation.

We salute and congratulate firefighters and other emergency personnel who regularly risk their own lives in order to preserve the lives and properties of others. We are deeply indebted to you.

We are also grateful to all those who have responded so generously by making donations to bring relief to those who have been displaced and left homeless. We call on all South Africans to continue making donations in order to help those affected to rebuild their lives. The Church, through her different agencies, will also play her part in offering whatever assistance we can, and to this end the Bishops’ Conference has made some funds available to the affected areas.

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