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José Luís Ponce de León

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José-Luís Ponce de León IMC is bishop of the Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland. Argentinian by birth, for many years he worked as a missionary in rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. After working at the Consolata Missionary's General House in Rome, he returned to South Africa and was ordained bishop of Ingwavuma in 2008. In 2013 he was appointed bishop of Manzini.

Bishop invites all to heed Pope Francis’ message of reconciliation

Bishop José Luís Ponce de León, the bishop of Manzini in eSwatini has produced a short video in which he encourages the...

The new offices of the SACBC: A heart encouraging action

The new offices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) were recently blessed and officially opened. Below is Bishop Jan de...

Fake news manipulates readers says bishop

Rumours have spread on social media that Pope Francis is "cancelling" the Bible and that Christians are being killed en masse by Muslims. Both of these claims are false. Bishop José Luís Ponce de León wonders why we are so gullible. He reflects on ways in which we can ensure that we don't create nor promote fake news. 

Is a trip to Home Affairs really a shared frustration?

Some responsibilities are mundane, painful and humbling for all South Africans. A visit to Home Affairs is one such deed that fills most with dread - even bishops. But while the frustration of long queues and a sense of helplessness are common, José Ponce de Leon reminds us that the inconvenience of admin is far more impactful on the most vulnerable South Africans and that while our experiences of frustration are shared, the outcomes are often very different. 

Attending to unfinished homework

As the clocked ticked over to 2018, ushering in a fresh start, the Bishop of Manzini has reminded us to attend to unfinished homework. 

Human trafficking is a faith issue

Recent imagery from Libya has confirmed that the slave trade is alive and well in the 21st century. But for many, modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking is not news. In fact, it is a plague on modern society that is often not recognised. The Church in Swaziland, a country heavily affected by the problem, is raising awareness on what can be done by faith based organisations.

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Fake news manipulates readers says bishop

Rumours have spread on social media that Pope Francis is "cancelling" the Bible and that Christians are being killed en masse by Muslims. Both of these claims are false. Bishop José Luís Ponce de León wonders why we are so gullible. He reflects on ways in which we can ensure that we don't create nor promote fake news. 

The new offices of the SACBC: A heart encouraging action

The new offices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) were recently blessed and officially opened. Below is Bishop Jan de...

Human trafficking is a faith issue

Recent imagery from Libya has confirmed that the slave trade is alive and well in the 21st century. But for many, modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking is not news. In fact, it is a plague on modern society that is often not recognised. The Church in Swaziland, a country heavily affected by the problem, is raising awareness on what can be done by faith based organisations.

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