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CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN . A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE ARCHBISHOP THE MOST REV IAN ERNEST TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND PEOPLE OF THE DIOCESES OF MADAGASCAR
 
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June 14, 2013

[Diocese of Mauritius - Indian Ocean] CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE ARCHBISHOP TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND PEOPLE OF THE DIOCESES OF MADAGASCAR

My dear brother Bishops, Clergy and People of the dioceses in Madagascar

Greetings in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
May I firstly congratulate the FFKM (Council of Christian Churches in Madagascar) for its initiative to be in the forefront as it strives to call on political leaders to listen to the cries of the Malagasy people.
The Gospel imperatives urge on us to be prophets of our time, to be peacemakers and to work conscientiously for the deprived, the homeless, the orphans, the widows and the desperate.
Following the call of the Synod of the Province of the Indian Ocean made in August 2012 in Fianarantsoa, I wish to invite again the Anglican Church in Madagascar to be courageous in its efforts to work towards the establishment of a situation that will bring about social stability, justice and a spirit of accountability when it comes to the governance of the country.
The Church is the only institution that brings about a witness of the love of God to its people. His Son Jesus Christ has given his life for us and has asked of us to be Christlike, that is, a life imbued with compassion and a great sense of integrity.
Corruption is rampant, a “Laisser Aller” attitude has creeped in, and people are losing hope, especially the young people. The model of governance prevailing in Madagascar at the moment is not conducive towards human and economic development.
May I call on each Christian of the Anglican Church to see to it that we liberate ourselves from an agenda of Political nature to adopt an agenda that comes from the Gospel. We are called to love one another, we are called to forgive one another, we are called to build a community where each person has the opportunity to grow and have the right to human fulfilment.
I hope that together with the FFKM each of us becomes an instrument of the will of God so that we can bring in the needed encouragement to the men, women and children in Madagascar.
Political leaders are accountable to the people, we church leaders are accountable to God and to his people. So, let us bring in a new wind of change, let us organise a vigil of prayer by standing firm on the principles that are being laid down for us in God’s word.
Be assured of my love and prayers as you lead the way for a true transformation in the life of the wonderful people in Madagascar.
“We are chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation. We are a people claimed by God to proclaim the triumph of Christ”
With every blessing.

The Most Revd Ian Ernest
Archbishop of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
Diocesan Church House
37, St Paul Road
Vacoas
Mauritius

14th June 2013