‘Catholic, Government ties improving lives’

APOSTOLIC Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat says the Catholic Church and the Zambian government enjoy cordial relations, and this is helping to improve the lives of people.

And Kabwe diocese Bishop Clement Mulenga has prodded parents to raise their children as God-fearing and responsible citizens.
Archbishop Murat said the Holy See values its relationship with Zambia, and this is why the Catholic Church is actively involved in sectors such as education, health and agriculture.
“We are not only here to celebrate the liturgy but to also give help in education and health, and we will do our best. We wish this collaboration will continue,” Archbishop Murat said.
Archbishop Murat said this yesterday during Mass at Cathedral of Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.
Archbishop Murat said he is happy that Central Province minister Sydney Mushanga whom he first met when he paid a courtesy call on him at the provincial administration also attended the mass.
He said the Catholic Church has contributed greatly to the well-being of Zambia in its 125 years of existence in the country.
He also said he will inform Pope Francis about the steady growth Kabwe diocese is making following its establishment in 2011.
He commended Bishop Mulenga for his leadership and urged him to continue with the good work he is doing in the diocese.
Earlier, Bishop Mulenga implored parents to teach their children their faith and ensure they respect adults for them to grow to be God-fearing and responsible citizens.
Bishop Mulenga said Catholic parents have a responsibility of teaching their children their faith for them to understand and contribute to the growth of the church.
“Teach children the values of life and respect for elders. Let us pass on to our children proper education,” Bishop Mulenga said.
He also urged parents to teach their children about road safety, saying many children lack knowledge.


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