“The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) decided on a solidarity visit to the Bishop of Pemba from December 2 to December 4,” said His Exc. Mgr. José Luis Ponce de León, Bishop of Manzini (Swaziland), reported Fides News Agency.
SACBC brings together the Bishops of Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland. The SACBC delegation will go to the diocese, in northern Mozambique, in response to the multiple appeals for solidarity launched by the Bishop of Pemba, His Exc. Mgr. Luiz Fernando Lisboa.
Pemba is the capital of Cabo Delgado province, devastated in 2017 by an insurrection led by a group that declared itself affiliated with the Islamic State, which caused the death of more than 2,300 people and the displacement of at least 600,000 inhabitants.