SACBC Bishops welcomed in Swaziland: "Feel at home"

Welcoming words by Mr. Masilela, the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of Home Affairs

Your Eminence
Your Excellency
Your Graces
Your Lordships 
Members of the Clergy
Members of the various Religious Congregations
Members of the Laity 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ

First and foremost, I wish to mention that it is fitting and proper that as a Ministry of Home Affairs we welcome you to the Kingdom of Swaziland for two reasons:  Religious matters fall within the ambit of the Ministry of Home Affairs and as a Ministry of Home Affairs we feel qualified to say: ‘’Please feel at Home’’

As you venture into plenary discussions on issues of social development, refugees, children, HIV/AIDS and Food Security amongst other issues within the Southern Africa Catholic Bishop’s Episcopal Conference, we invoke in advance, God’s inspiration to guide your deliberations since the recommendations that will emanate from your interrogation of these issues, shall lead to more meaningful and productive lives for the voiceless who rely on your collective voice for the betterment of their lives.

I am aware that your assembly is a precursor to two most important events scheduled for this coming weekend; the centenary celebrations of the Roman Catholic Church in Swaziland and the Installation of His Lordship Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon as the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Swaziland. 

Most specifically, Saturday marks the launch of the book ‘’Catholic Responses to HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa’’. As a Government, no words can adequately express our heartfelt gratitude at this important development as it complements and enhances Government’s initiatives to combat the HIV/ AIDS pandemic.

It only remains for me to wish you well in your deliberations and the rest of the celebrations during what has and continues to be one of the busiest weeks of the Catholic Church in Swaziland.

Thank You and God bless us all.

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