Sunday, May 3, 2009

Johannesburg Archdiocesan News: Archbishop Buthi in Roma, Angola

Note by Marc Aupiais

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His Grace, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, testing the water of the Atlantic Ocean off Angola. Sharing this lighter moment is Bishop Pius Dlungwane (left) of Mariannhill Diocese. They were among the Bishops from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe who joined the Bishops of Angola in Luanda at the solemn celebration of the Eucharist presided over by Pope Benedict XVI. 
 On Sunday 22 March the Pope with Bishops of Southern Africa celebrated Mass outdoors at Cimangola Square on the outskirts of Luanda. A million people attended. The Southern African Bishops, gathered in Luanda for a concomitant Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa, and present at the Mass were charged with bringing greetings to us, the faithful. The Pope said, “In the person of their Pastors, I greet all the faithful in the nations of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The day was one of prayer and sacrifice for national reconciliation in Angola. “The Gospel teaches us that … only the power of God’s love can change our hearts and make us triumph over the power of sin and division,” preached the Pope.
 During his visit to Africa Pope Benedict XVI promoted social justice and urged African and world leaders to create the conditions in which the people of Africa can live in dignity and work for their own advancement. He warned against greed, corruption and poor governance and urged the Church in Africa to speak out for justice.
 There is a special report on the Pope’s first visit to Africa in the April/May issue of Worldwide published by the Comboni Missionaries.
African Synod
During his visit, at Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Pope promulgated the Instrumentum Laboris – the working document or agenda - of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in October this year. It is titled THE CHURCH IN AFRICA IN SERVICE TO RECONCILIATION, JUSTICE AND PEACE.
"You are the salt of the earth...
You are the light of the world
" -
Mt 5: 13, 14
Duties in Rome
 Archbishop Buti also spent a few days in Rome attending the plenary session of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of which he is a member.

excerpt above from : "Archdiocesan News, Johannesburg, May 2009". Reprinted with permission.

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