Letter of solidarity and peace to our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe
Greetings of solidarity and peace to our sisters and brothers of Zimbabwe! As people of faith from many countries and continents we send you this letter, hoping that you may be strengthened in your distress and comforted in the knowledge that the world hears your cries for justice.
We stand with you in solidarity as members of the one body of Christ. Through this unbreakable bond we share in your sufferings, for where one person suffers, each person suffers and the whole body is weakened (1 Corinthians 12:12-30).
The entire ministry of Jesus was marked by concern for the vulnerable. Jesus tells us that we will be judged at the end of time on whether we have shared this concern, and he has sobering words for those who neglected to help him when they saw him hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, or homeless (Matthew 25:42-46).
As violence and unrest continue to intensify in Zimbabwe, our concern for you and especially for the poor, the neglected, and the persecuted people in your country is also deepening.
We have heard the powerful words of Zimbabwe’s Catholic Bishops: “Our country is in deep crisis. A crisis is an unstable situation of extreme danger and difficulty. Yet, it can also be turned into a moment of grace and of a new beginning if those responsible for causing the crisis repent, heed the cry of the people and foster a change of heart and mind ….” We will follow the bishops’ call to prayer and fasting.
We fervently hope that you will soon know peace rooted in the rule of law and respect for human rights at every level in your communities and your nation.