Zimbabwean Church calls for prayer ahead of elections
Church leaders from the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Zimbabwe (CCJPZ) and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference have asked all people of God to pray for peace ahead of elections on 31 July.
"We invite you all to pray for our country at all times and during all occasions particularly at this important time in our life as a nation."
In an open letter the Church leaders appealed to the people of Zimbabwe to avoid the bloodshed which marred elections in 2008:
"We invite all people to commit themselves to promoting peace in Zimbabwe and overcome the culture of intolerance, intimidation and political violence."
CAFOD partners CCJPZ and the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa, will be actively participating in the electoral processes as Catholic Observers.
Their role will be to observe the process and inform the local and regional Church leadership, who, if necessary, will talk with the responsible authorities to improve the electoral processes.
The Church Leaders acknowledged that there have been difficulties in the run up to the elections but called on the people of Zimbabwe not to be afraid to participate in their constitutional right by casting their vote on Election Day.
"There have been challenges that may have reduced our confidence in electoral processes but we are always asked to ‘…be strong and courageous'!
"As responsible citizens, we must participate in choosing God fearing leaders who are selfless, responsible, accountable and truthful; leaders who respect human life and human dignity. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has assured the nation of the secrecy of the ballot and how each vote will count."