The Zambia Episcopal Conference-ZEC has called on all Catholics in the country to embrace a calm spirit and an attitude of forgiveness and reconciliation.
ZEC President George Lungu says the dignity of the faithful in Christ is in forgiveness and reconciliation.
Bishop Lungu who is also Bishop of Chipata, also states that Catholic teaching does not promote homosexuality.
He says acts of homosexuality are seriously wrong and sinful.
Bishop Lungu says under no circumstances can homosexual acts be approved.
And Bishop Lungu has stressed that the official position of the Zambian Catholic Bishops is to remain neutral in as far as partisan politics are concerned while concentrating on the prophetic ministry of helping the poor.
This is contained in the Pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops which was read out in Catholic Churches across the country on Sunday.
Recently, president Rupiah Banda said at no time has he and the MMD government planned to campaign against the Catholic church.
To the contrary, president Banda said government appreciates the role the church plays in the development of the country.
The president said this in a speech read on his behalf by Defence Minister Kalombo Mwansa during the ordination of Bishop Evans Chinyemba as Mongu Diocese bishop.
[ ZNBC ]