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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Zimbabwe: Good Friday appeal from church leaders
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 Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and Bishop Rubin Phillip of South Africa have issued a statement expressing their concern that the "democratic space" for Zimbabweans has shrunk so much that the prospect of achieving anything resembling a fair and free election next week is slight. Writing as co-chairs of the Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT), they said: "It is very appropriate that we make this plea for Christian solidarity during the period of Lent when the Christian community recalls the passion of our Lord - the suffering he willingly undertook in solidarity with humankind and in order to set us free from enslavement to sin." On this note, the bishops are asking Christians in Zimbabwe, throughout the southern African region -and throughout the world- to express their solidarity with the church and people of Zimbabwe today. "Good Friday of course commemorates the suffering and death of our Lord a time of doubt and distress for the disciples," noted the bishops. But, they said, since Good Friday comes less than a week before the date of the election, they hope that Zimbabweans will draw great strength and encouragement from the knowledge that the World Church is standing with them in Christian love and prayer. Source: CISA
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