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Zimbabwe Church Groups Welcome Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter

A pastoral letter issued in April by Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic Bishops, which blamed the government for the country’s economic and political woes, has been endorsed by at least 10 Christian groups, which are now urging Zimbabweans to read the document.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, had criticized the bishops for issuing the statement, titled “God Hears the Cry of the Oppressed,” and warned them that they are treading on a “dangerous course.”

The letter is being distributed in Catholic churches throughout the country.

However, the church groups supporting the statement, including the Christian Alliance, the Zimbabwe National Pastor’s Conference, the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, and others, said the pastoral document gives Zimbabweans encouragement and hope, by showing that the church supports them, as the political and economic crisis deepens.

The secretary general of the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, Innocent Kasiyano, explained to reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, why the church groups support the pastoral document.

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