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Pope advises Catholic bishops to work with political leaders

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
POPE Francis has appealed to Catholic bishops in Zambia to continue working with political leaders for the common good of everyone.
Pope Francis said this on Monday when he met 11 Catholic bishops from all the dioceses in Zambia during their Ad Limina visit.
Ad Limina visit is the pilgrimage that Catholic bishops take every after five years to the Vatican to present to the Pope the status of their dioceses and visit the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul believed to be buried in Rome as a sign of communion with the apostles.
This is according to a statement released yesterday by the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) communications officer Mwenya Mukuka.
According to the statement, Pope Francis said with the death of President Sata, Catholic Bishops in Zambia should continue working with political leaders for the common good.
“I invite you to continue working with political leaders for the common good. You should also deepen your prophetic witness in defence of the poor in order to uplift the lives of the weak,” Pope Francis said
The pope has also said Catholic bishops, as pastors of the flock, should not forget to seek out the weakest members of Zambian society, who include the materially poor and those afflicted with HIV and AIDS.
“I encourage you to remain sensitive as shepherds to the spiritual and human needs of your closest co-workers. Never tire of being kind and firm fathers to your priests, helping them resist materialism and the standards of the world, while recognising their just needs,” Pope Francis said
He has also appealed to Catholic bishops in Zambia to continue to seek a happy and fulfilling future in the church and in society, despite great challenges  which militate against stability in social and ecclesial life, in particular for families.


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