Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha Diocese, who is also President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), has announced that the Bishops’ Conference will, on 26 January 2020, unveil a New Pastoral Plan at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto.
“Since1989 our pastoral plan in the region of SACBC has been guiding us under the theme: Community Serving Humanity. (So far) this Pastoral Plan has been very successful in catering to the needs of our people in the region. Upon reflection, Bishops, together with the people of God, have become aware of the changed situations and the need to respond to those needs differently and effectively, ” Bishop Sipuka explained.
An Evangelising Community serving God, humanity and creation
The new Pastoral Plan will have as a theme: Evangelising Community Serving God, Humanity and All Creation.
According to Bishop Sipuka, it is important that the faithful attend the launch as a way of witnessing to what the Catholic faith was all about –namely, a Church whose faith responds to the needs of the time.
President invited to the launch
Also invited to the launch is the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. Bishops of South Africa, Botswana and eSwatini, as members of SACBC, are expected to be in attendance.