AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Unity and solidarity are needed for the development of local Churches

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Ndola (Agenzia Fides) - "It is important to have unity of purpose and unity of vision to build the local Church with a common motivation", underlined Msgr. Benjamin Phiri, bishop of the Diocese of Ndola. The prelate, according to a note sent to Agenzia Fides, highlighted how the achievement of growth and development of the local Churches requires the collaboration, common vision and unity of all the actors of the diocese. "Not much progress can be made in the local Churches if each pastoral urgency is seen as something individual. We have gone through Covid-19 together, we have seen the need to continue along the same line of unity and solidarity, also with a view to a good preparation for the next Synod of Bishops". Bishop Phiri has given as an example the choice of his episcopal coat of arms, which represents unity: “may we be one through the cross. This is because the cross is a uniting factor for all believers”. "The spirit that encourages us to work together is growing among the pastoral agents and we hope, through this collaboration, to achieve more and more", said the bishop in reference to the work carried out in the last year. "The religious do not come to a diocese to take care of their own activities, but join the diocese to support the efforts of the local Church and carry out what is in line with evangelization. Therefore, in their apostolates they must work in collaboration to bear witness to Christ and evangelize for the salvation of souls. Therefore, we must be focused, we must complement and integrate so that we can all achieve our common goal". (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 25/5/2022)