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New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity “without any prejudice”

Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara hands the crosier to Bishop Elias Kwenzakufani Zondi during the May 27 Episcopal Ordination. Credit: SACBC

Episcopal Ministry is built around the fostering of unity among the people of God “without any prejudice”, the Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has told the Bishop who is to assist him in the pastoral care and administration of the Metropolitan See. In his homily during the Episcopal Consecration of Mons. Elias Kwenzakufani Zondi on Saturday, May 27 as Auxiliary Bishop of Durban, Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara implored that the new Bishop helps him realize “a peaceful” Archdiocese characterized with respect for human rights. “Unity is God’s gift, so we must pray for it because prayer shapes and forms what we believe and think and how we act,” Archbishop Mandla said, and added, “Only God in Christ can reconcile us but praying for unity shows we desire to be used by God in his work in reconciliation.”


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