Welcoming Archbishop Peter Wells, Apostolic Nuncio to Swaziland

On Wednesday 24, Archbishop Peter Wells arrived in Swaziland. He is the Apostolic Nuncio to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. 

Though not unusual to have the visit of a Nuncio, it is probably the first time that such a visit lasts for about a week. He has a very demanding program of visits to parishes and projects in different parts of our diocese and country.

Archbishop Peter Wells
Photo: The Southern Cross
The first one, just after arriving, was to St Joseph's Social Projects (Mzimpofu). He was first given a tour of the different projects: sewing, carpentry, building, optical, resource centre for the blind... and was then welcomed by the children who had prepared some songs and dances.

In his address to the Apostolic Nuncio, Fr Wandile Dlamini OSM said:
Fr Wandile Dlamini OSM

"On behalf of the Servite community here at St Joseph's and on behalf of our parishioners and all the young and elderly disabled and able-bodied teachers, care-givers, support staff and other residents of St Joseph's, including school children / teachers who join us during the day... we welcome you with a smiling and open heart.

St Joseph's is an extension of social commitment of the Diocese of Manzini (...). The Church in Swaziland prides herself of these social projects here which are unique in the entire Kingdom of Swaziland. Through them we attempt to manifest the social teaching of the Church in a very concrete way.

Thank you for taking time to come here. We are indeed honored and blessed"

The Apostolic Nuncio shared his joy at what he had seen and encouraged them to continue serving those who need it most. He underlined how Providential it was to have the place under the protection of St Joseph who was called to care for Mary and Jesus. He asked the children to care for each other following his example.