AFRICA/ZAMBIA - President of the Bishops' Conference: "It is time Zambia became a fully-fledged missionary Church"

Thursday, 18 July 2019 extraordinary missionary month   local churches   missionary animation  

Lusaka (Agenzia Fides) - It is time Zambia became a fully-fledged missionary Church, in realization of Pope Paul VI’s vision of a African missionary Church. The exhortation came from the President of Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Mgr. George Zumaile Lungu, Bishop of Chipata, in the Cathedral of the Infant Jesus in Lusaka, during the launch of the activities towards the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019, which took place on 13 July.
"Saint Paul VI, visiting Africa after the canonization of the martyrs of Uganda (in Rome), challenged the Church in Africa: 'Be missionaries to yourselves'. That challenge is still valid today" said the President according to information released by Cisa agency. Recalling the statement of St. Paul VI during his visit to Uganda in 1969, Mgr. Lungu said his dream of a Zambian Church that gave openhandedly of its priests, religious sisters and even of the laity for the mission of the Church, both within the country and elsewhere.
The Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, urged the clergy to be authentic in order to make the Gospel more genuine in people's lives. "We are all disciples of Jesus, we are urged not to consider ourselves the owners, dominators of the faith of others. We are servants for the sake of Jesus", he said. The activities lined up for the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month under the theme: "Baptized and sent" will be organized at the diocesan level before the final national event in October". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 18/7/2019)