AFRICA/MALAWI - Christians, heralds of good news

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 world mission day   missionary animation   pontifical mission societies   local churches  

Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - On Sunday, October 24, the Bishop Emeritus of Zomba, Monsignor George Desmond Tambala, appointed Archbishop of Lilongwe a few days ago, during the celebration of World Mission Sunday in the parish of St. Vincent De Paoli, energetically invited the Catholic Christians to be "messengers of good news", by putting God's word into practice.
"Being heralds of good news means being inside what is happening around us - explained Bishop Tambala -. World Mission Day is a call not only to bring the word of God, but also to be involved in people's lives and their problems. The themes of health, education, justice and peace, as well as community development, concern us closely, and are part of the mission of the Church".
In his homily, the Bishop also highlighted the need to cultivate a spirit of hard work and sacrifice in all areas of their existence, encouraging those present to follow in the footsteps of the first missionaries, who also sacrificed their own life for the love of the Gospel.
"The communities that make up the parish of Katamba, although inserted in a rural context, have given life to a great national holiday that is heartfelt and 'colorful'. It is certainly something that we do not take for granted - said the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Malawi, Father Vincent Mwakhwawa -. We thank them for being generous and open, eager to follow the instructions of our national office regarding the Day and its animation. Now we can truly say that they have demonstrated a universal understanding of the Church".
At the end of the feast for Mission Sunday, the president of the laity of the diocese of Zomba, Vito Sandfolo, said that Christians are responsible for the development of the Church, encouraging them to pray incessantly for the ministers of the Church and for themselves, so that the Gospel is spread to the ends of the earth. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 26/10/2021)