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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Bishop of Portsmouth remembers Zimbabwe in his Christmas message
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¬†Part of my time of preparation for Christmas this year has been spent in Zimbabwe. If ever there was a people who could be described as living in darkness ≠ and especially a darkness not of their own making ≠ then it is the poor of the townships of Zimbabwe. I celebrated Mass in one of those communities a couple of weeks ago, and despite the suffering and desperate conditions of their life, I have rarely come across a people so filled with a sense of faith and hope. Their Christmas will not be like yours or mine ≠ they have little to which to look forward in terms of the material blessings which we take for granted and on which we place so much store at this time. But I suspect that they understand Christ and his coming better than we do. For them, in their faith, he is the source of hope, of justice, of peace and of that indomitable spirit which reveals the best in human family and community. They know that Christ is the one who carries their sorrows and bears their grief. He is truly present to them and I pray that we will be able to share a little of that spirit of faith as we ourselves remember and celebrate the birthday of Christ. In praying for this, may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Bishop Crispian Hollis Bishop of Portsmouth
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