As South Africa waits to hear what President Zuma will say (or perhaps not, depending on how well certain Julius behaves) on Thursday when he delivers his State of the Nation Address, so too many Vatican analysts have been waiting to hear what will come of Rome this week. The Vatican has had its own SONA. Ahead of Saturday’s Consistory in Rome – in which Pope Francis will elevate twenty bishops to cardinals from all over the world – a number of important gatherings are taking place. By RUSSELL POLLITT.
Two South Africans have been involved in these important events. Former Provincial of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in South Africa and current Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, attended her first meeting as a member of the Vatican’s seventeen-member Commission for the abuse of minors and vulnerable people.
Pope Francis set up the Commission, headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, in December 2013. The Commission is tasked to aise the Pope on how the Church should tackle sex abuse as well as suggest strict guidelines to prevent this scourge. Sr. Makoro said that the Commission would meet twice a year and…
Source : Daily Maverick