- Jan 25, 2020
For millions of people in the southern African nations of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the next few months will be critical.
“Zimbabwe and countries like it continue to struggle despite contributing very little to climate change,” said Brittany Wichtendahl, Public Relations Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services in the country. “There is urgent need globally to take action that will slow down, stop, or reverse climate change.”
At a Roman Catholic cathedral where Robert Mugabe used to attend Mass, a priest on Sunday opened the church service by paying tribute to the former ruler and asking congregants to forgive him.
Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe to independence from Britain in 1980 and then crushed his opposition during nearly four decades of rule, always liked to be seen as a devout Catholic. Mugabe, 95, died Sept. 6 in Singapore, where he has often received medical treatment in recent years.
The Vatican has allowed the bishops of Zimbabwe to open the sainthood cause of a British missionary murdered after he refused to abandon his ministry to people with Hansen’s disease during the country’s civil war.
More than 2 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been affected by a cyclone that has killed more than 700 people, with hundreds still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.