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    Bishop Munyongani makes a call against election violence in 2018



    TAWANDA HOMBA

    MASVINGO –
    The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gweru, Bishop Xavier Munyongani has called for the protection of the family unit if the World is to enjoy peace and harmony.
    He said this on Saturday when he addressed the Catholic Couples Congress attended by dozens of congregants from throughout the country.
    The couples later attended a mass led by led by Masvingo Diocese head, Bishop Michael Dickson Bhasera.
    Bishop Munyongani who spoke on the topic; The family in the context of evangelisation: Synod in the family feedback said Pope Francis had repeatedly talked about the family unity because the family is the cornerstone of humanity. He urged couples to protect the family unit no matter what.
    He said love in the World starts with families and added that children cope what they see in their families and take that out into their communities. If families are not shown love, they will also not show love to the outside world.
    "There is a Zambian priest who used to say show me your parish and I will show you your priest. I want to say, show me a child and I will show you his/her parents," said Bishop Munyongani.
    He likened marriages to carrying the cross and told the couples to carry that cross all the same.
    "Marriage means crucifying yourself. Your spouse maybe illogical, love him/her all the same, she maybe self-centred love her all the same, she may not like your mother, love her all the same and your husband may ill-treat your parents and accuse you of stealing from him when you give them gifts, love him all the same.
    "You can do good and be blamed for it, do good all the same," said Bishop Munyongani.
    He said women carry the bigger burden in the marriage than men. He said there is domestic and other
    violence in families and women bear scars for it and the worst scars are not those that are seen on the faces but the scars that are in women's hearts.
    "Women have deep scars, they have scars in their hearts. They are insulted, they are beaten and they are slighted for no justifiable reason.
    "They are like wounded buffaloes and they don't care anymore because they have been wounded. Women become dangerous because their husbands have inflicted wounds on them," said Bishop Munyongani.
    He said if you see women doing terrible things its because they are wounded and they dont care anymore.
    He said that the violence that communities and nations see is violence that begins from the families  adding that violence emerges because families are under attack.
    "The elections are coming in 2018; people will be murdered and some will disappear. Who kills? It's you who are here. It is you who are coming from families with bad lessons. Let's show love in the families and there will be love in communities, among clans, among tribes and among nations," said Bishop Munyongani.
    He said one good example of Christian love that he has witnessed is that of Mr and Mrs Govero of Gweru. He said when Mr Govero suffered kidney failure, Mrs Govere offered her kidney to her husband and several years now Mr Govero is alive because of the love of her wife.
    "Mrs Govero donated her kidney to her husband but some men find it difficult to leave $1 for bread for the family at home," he said.
    He urged men to stick to one wife as was commanded by Jesus Christ and added that some of the threats to marriage include polygamy, successive polygamy, concomitant polygamy and polyandry.
    "Varume  musafunga kuti kana maroora Madhuve, moti vana Madhuve vese vava vakadzi venyu. (Men should not think that when you marry a Madhuve then all Madhuves are your wives). I want to ask you men how many women you have been with in your life and what do you think God thinks about you?" asked Bishop Munyongani.local news
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