Religious Leaders in Zimbabwe Stress on Peace

ICC Note: Catholic, Evangelical, and Apostolic Church leaders gather together and speak on the need to end violence in Zimbabwe. The religious leaders hope for a smooth transition, as the country prepares for next month’s presidential election.

06/14/2018 Zimbabwe (Catholic News Agency) – Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for civility and a peaceful transition as the country prepares for a major presidential election next month.

Leaders from different Christian groups met on May 28-30 in the capital city of Harare for a conference themed “Religious Leaders Supporting the Zimbabwe Peace Process.”

The conference was attended by major religious leaders, including the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, and Union for Development of Apostolic Churches in Zimbabwe.

Participants analyzed the peace processes in neighboring countries that have faced election violence, such as South African and Kenya.

Paul Muchena, national coordinator for the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe, said the conference’s main goal was “to enhance the church’s participation in peace processes through such initiatives as dialogue, mediation, peace and reconciliation leading to national transformation.”

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