AFRICA/eSWATINI – The Bishop of Manzini: “it is the most serious crisis that can be remembered, no one should expect quick responses” – Agenzia Fides

Manzini (Agenzia Fides) – The small African state of eSwatini, known until 2018 as Swaziland, is located in southern Africa, on the eastern flank of the Dragons Mountains, and borders Mozambique to the east and South Africa to the north, west and south. Usually quiet, the monarchy has been shaken in recent weeks by unprecedented popular protests, which have led to violence, damaging people and property, leaving people dead and injured. There have been numerous arrests by the police who have repressed the demonstrations, while calls for dialogue to overcome the crisis are multiplying (see Fides 5, 7,15/7/2021). According According to the latest media reports, King Maswati III has appointed a new Prime Minister. The Catholic Church is present with a single diocese, suffragan of Johannesburg, which has a population of 1,046,000 and 56,000 Catholics. The bishop of the only diocese in the country, which is based in Manzini, His Exc. Monsignor José Luis Gerardo Ponce de León, IMC, has granted an interview to Agenzia Fides asking him some questions about the situation and the ecclesial reality.

AFRICA/eSWATINI – The Bishop of Manzini: “it is the most serious crisis that can be remembered, no one should expect quick responses” – Agenzia Fides

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