Congregants pray for peace

2017-04-21 06:00
Praying for peace, St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral congregants and Father Lizo Nontshe (front). Photo: siphelele nketo

Praying for peace, St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral congregants and Father Lizo Nontshe (front). Photo: siphelele nketo

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THOUSANDS marched countrywide in support of the “Zuma must fall” movement last Friday, and congregants of St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Kokstad prayed for peace.

The service was held from 12pm to 5pm.

Father Lizo Nontshe the cathedral’s administrator, said it is obvious there is no stability in the country, resulting in the downfall of the economy and to a whole host of challenges, such as violence and crime.

He added the high rate of corruption and economic instability needs God’s intervention.

He then read from a statement released by Bishop Abel Gabuza, the liaison Bishop for Justice and Peace in the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), in which he asked President Jacob Zuma and the ruling party to restore public confidence in the office of the president and its ability to appoint cabinet ministers for the interest of the common good.

In the statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference praised the former minister of
finance, Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas for defending principles of clean governance and fiscal discipline.

“We therefore expect the new finance minister to consider the common good and the poor and not the vested interests of co-operate sector that are linked to political elites.

“We are waiting to see the performance of the new finance minister, especially his ability to protect the treasurer from corporate capture and undue influence,” said Bishop Gabuza in a statement. Father Nontshe said: “What we are doing in the parish today is very much in line with the biblical instruction to pray for all who are in authority. As a nation we need to continue to pray for peace and political stability in our country as we believe South Africa deserves far better than what we are currently experiencing.

“It has been so wonderful of our parishioners to have put aside every other commitment for such a worthy cause in the best interest of the common good. May God’s will be done in the final analysis.”

THOUSANDS marched througout the country in support of the “Zuma must fall” movement last Friday but congregants of St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Kokstad prayed for peace.

The service was held from 12pm to 5pm.

Father Lizo Nontshe the cathedral’s administrator said it is obvious there is no stability in the country, resulting in the downfall of the economy and to a whole host of challenges, such as violence and crime.
He added the high rate of corruption and economic instability needs God’s intervention.
He then read from a statement released by Bishop Abel Gabuza, the liaison Bishop for Justice and Peace in the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), in which he asked President Jacob Zuma and the ruling party to restore public confidence in the office of the president and its ability to appoint cabinet ministers for the interest of the common good.

In the statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference praised the former minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas for defending principles of clean governance and fiscal discipline.
“We therefore expect the new finance minister to consider the common good and the poor and not the vested interests of co-operate sector that are linked to political elites.
“We are waiting to see the performance of the new finance minister, especially his ability to protect the treasurer from corporate capture and undue influence,” said Bishop Gabuza in a statement.

Father Nontshe said: “What we are doing in the parish today is very much in line with the biblical instruction to pray for all who are in authority. As a nation we need to continue to pray for peace and political stability in our country as we believe South Africa

deserves far better than what we are currently experiencing.
“It has been so wonderful of our parishioners to have put aside every other commitment for such a worthy cause in the best interest of the common good. May God’s will be done in the final analysis.”

 

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