8. THE CAUSE OF THE SERVANT OF GOD BENEDICT DASWA
Who are these people dressed in white robes and where do they come from?I don’t know sir, You do. He said to me: These are the people who have come safely through the terrible persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb. That is why they stand before God’s throne and serve him day and night in his temple. (Revelations 7, 13 -15).
Catholics should promote the cause of the Servant of God Benedict Daswa with the hope that he will be recognised as the first Catholic martyr in our Southern African region. Dissemination of information concerning the cause should reach out to the whole diocese:every parish should be involved in promoting the story and devotion for the cause of Benedict Daswa. For example the Novena Prayer which is on the website http://benedictdaswa.org.za should be promoted especially during the month of February.The importance of making known throughout our diocese and the SACBC region the cause of the servant of God Benedict Daswa and to seek his intercession for our needs should be part of the pastoral programme of every parish in our diocese as well as of our associations.
I encourage the Pastors of the local Churches to recognize among servants of the Gospel in Africa those who could be canonized according to the norms of the Church ,not only in order to increase the number of African saints, but also to obtain new intercessors in heaven to accompany the Church on her pilgrim journey and to plead before God for the African continent. I entrust to Our Lady of Africa and to the saints of this beloved continent the Church that dwells there. (Africae Munus, 114)