"We have been following with increased anxiety the events taking place in Mozambique in recent times. It seems that arms want to substitute, with their voice that carries suffering and death, dialogue and cooperation with all to consolidate peace."
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We, the Catholic Bishops of IMBISA (Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa), a body which integrates South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé e Príncipe, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, met in Gaborone for the Plenary Assembly from 11th to 15th November of the current year. At the heart of our meeting was the theme of the family, a fundamental experience of the human person, basic building block of our societies.
We rejoice with the steps that our countries are taking in the pursuit of well-being and inclusion of all the citizens in social and political life for the participative construction in peaceful and democratic societies, where the access to resources of the country are open to all, especially to the most vulnerable.
We have been following with increased anxiety the events taking place in Mozambique in recent times. It seems that arms want to substitute, with their voice that carries suffering and death, dialogue and cooperation with all to consolidate peace.
Mozambique and its leaders are known as having been able to put an end to a long war with the strength of dialogue. The courage and perseverance to continue on the path of an authentic and consequent dialogue cannot fade away now.
Mozambique plays an important role in our region. Its progress and stability are crucial so that our countries can consolidate their development. We therefore appeal to our governments to unite their voice to the Mozambican people demanding an end to all violence and use of arms, to strengthen all efforts of dialogue, thereby helping to create conditions for that dialogue and avoid any military involvement.
We are certain that the love for the people and for their well-being will guide our choices and we will be able to consolidate the giant steps our countries are taking.
God bless Africa, God bless Mozambique and all our countries.
Gaborone, 14th November 2013
The Bishops of IMBISA