In the wake of the declaration of Covid-19 as a national disaster by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and taking into account the increasing number of infected people, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) fully supports the call to take serious and drastic measures to prevent the spread of Corona Virus in the country.

This offers an opportunity for us to renew our appreciation of the value of Prayer at Home and in private – this has as we know a particular relevance in Lent where we are encouraged “when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret, will repay you.” (Matt 6: 6) We are encouraged to read our Bibles and to hold Services of the Word; we are able to be in “spiritual communion” with our Lord in the Eucharist and in our Neighbour.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, as the President of the SACBC, has alerted all Bishops to adhere to the call of the government on this pandemic.

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