This year, the Catholic Faithful in East Africa and Especially in Tanzania, are celebrating 150 year of evangelization. Here in Tanzania, the Holy Spirit Fathers arrived in Continental Tanzania in 1968, five years after they had arrived in Zanzibar Island, now part of the Republic of Tanzania.
In the Archdiocese of Arusha, we are marking this jubilee with the Jubilee Cross that was used during the The 2000 years’ Jubilee of Christianity in the World. The Cross is going around from one parish to another, where the faith get to reflect upon the meaning of the cross and experience it’s power in there lives.
Last friday we received the Jubilee Cross in Epiphany SVD Parish here in Arusha. On Saturday we had a seminar about the cross and the Jubilee that was preached by Brother Boniface Motika, our Philosophy Student. After the seminar the people received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The cross is very solemnly venerated here by Catholics, non-Catholics, as well as non-Chrisians. We pray to our Lord who died on the cross for our salvation to bless our people who venerate the cross.
Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD