AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Bishops urge dioceses to ensure the safety and protection of minors and vulnerable people in the country

Monday, 14 March 2022

Lusaka (Agenzia Fides) - "All Catholic dioceses in the country must ensure that children understand the path of the synodal process in order to guarantee their meaningful participation", said Fidelis Hamweemba, responsible for the safeguarding of children of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), in its appeal regarding the participation of children in the ongoing synodal process. "It is important that the community focus on creating effective child safeguarding structures in our Catholic dioceses", said Fr. Francis Mukosa, Secretary General of the ZCCB, who urged everyone to work with the government to ensure that Zambia is a safe country for children and vulnerable people. Fr. Mukosa spoke on behalf of the Bishops following a four-day seminar on child protection for diocesan child protection officials. The Zambia Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCCB) reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding the rights of children and vulnerable adults through the policy launched in 2017 (see Fides, 7/10/2021) and encouraged a public state legal path in addressing human rights. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 14/3/2022)