Pope Francis’s envoy to visit Zambia next month

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Zambia President Edgar Chagwa Lungu waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis to deliver his statement in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, USA on Friday 25 September, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
Zambia President Edgar Chagwa Lungu waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis to deliver his statement in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, USA on Friday 25 September, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

Pope Francis will from 7th to 10th November, 2015 send his Secretary for the Relations with States of the Holy City to Zambia to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diplomatic relations between the Holy See (Vatican) and the Republic of Zambia.

Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat has disclosed this when he met President Edgar today, 20th October, 2015.

Archbishop Julio Murat further said the development is a reminder of Pope Francis’ closeness to the Catholic Church and to all the people of Zambia.

And the Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat has also noted the relevant expression that President Edgar Lungu had used in his speech at the United Nations summit last September, when he thanked his Holiness Pope Francis for his candid and inspiring remarks on the need for nations to take seriously the question of climate change and protection of the environment for sustainable development.

Archbishop Julio Murat in the meeting with the president highlighted the natural beauty and resources of Zambia and underlined the actuality of the Encyclical letter of the Holy Father Pope Francis, Laudato sii, for the preservation of nature and the correct use of the natural resources for the benefit of the Zambian Citizens.

Archbishop Murrat further assured president Lungu the will of the Catholic Church to contribute towards the growth of the spiritual and human development of the Zambian citizens, without distinction.

He also thanked President Lungu for the meeting held on July 2015 with the Catholic Bishops of Zambia and expressed his appreciation for his government’s openness to dialogue.

And President Edgar Lungu has assured the Catholic Church in Zambia of his government’s continued cooperation and collaboration in all areas of human development.

President Lungu said government will continue to render support to the Catholic Church in its spiritual and human development efforts.

The Head of State said that both the Church and government have the common responsibility of improving the quality of human life as they serve the same constituents.

President Lungu acknowledged that the Catholic Church plays a significant role in uplifting the living standards of the people through the provision of services in the health and education sectors.

The President stated that the Church is a partner to government hence the need for it to provide unwavering support whenever Government was faced with challenges.

‘’But what we see is that when things are bad they sit back without providing support. As government, we have been charged with the responsibility of the affairs of the State, help us to improve the economy because poverty can destroy the lives of our people. If we are not managing properly feel free to admonish us.’’

The Apostolic Nuncio was delivering a special message to President Lungu that Pope Francis will send the Secretary for the Relations with States of the Holy See, Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher to visit Zambia from 7th to 10th November 2015, as a sign of closeness of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church and Zambians.

President Lungu stated that government is ready to further consolidate bilateral relations with the Vatican and looked forward to continued mutual cooperation.

President Lungu also paid glowing tribute to Pope Francis for his steadfast support to the improvement of humankind especially for curtailing negative debate on immigration, when he addressed the United States joint session of Congress on the sidelines of the recently held 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The Head of State said Zambia feels part of the Pope whenever he addressed issues of oneness of the people.

President Lungu also assured the Apostolic Nuncio that government is ready to dialogue with the Church over the Statutory Instrument which requires churches to pay tax on imported equipment and was waiting for recommendations from the Church on how best the instrument could be utilised.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistants to the President for Economics Mr. Hibene Mwinga, Mr. Sukwana Lukangaba for Legal, Mr Kaizer Zulu for Political Affairs, State House Permanent Secretary Mr Emmanuel Chilubanama and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director in charge of Politicas Isabel Lemba.

The Apostolic Nuncio was accompanied by First Secretary at the Vatican Embassy in Zambia Rev. Father Marco Formica.

This is contained in a statement made available to media in Lusaka today by State House Chief Analyst, Press and Public Relations, Cecilia Lubumbashi Mulenga.

And Zambia Episcopal Conference Communications Officer Mwenya Mukuka has told ZANIS in a statement that Archbishop Murrat assured president Lungu during the meeting that the Catholic Church will continue to contribute towards the spiritual and human development of Zambians.

Mr. Mukuka said the Archbishop thanked President Lungu for the meeting held on July 2015 with the Catholic Bishops of Zambia and expressed his appreciation for his government’s openness to dialogue

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17 COMMENTS

  1. He is the representative of the the anti Christ Pope. After your prayers you sons and daughters of the devil, you have you heyday. God will punish you.

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  2. WHAT IS THE CONNECTION NOW TO 18 (6+6+6) 18 was a Sunday, 18+6+6+6, THIS TIME 7 FALLS ON SATURDAY.
    PRAY OR NOT, ALL DAYS ARE FOR THE LORD AND NOT FOR A HUMAN BEING. THE ANTI CHRIST HAS NO DAY, NO ONE AND NO TIME. YOU MAY OPPOSE HIM BUT YOU WILL NEVER NO THAT YOU ARE ALREADY ONE OF THEM.

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  3. pope francis I know he is the agent of the devil, immediately Obama legalized homosexual he goes there to meet Obama and tell him well done. these agents of the devil (snakes in the grass) knows what they are doing it better for a true christian to wake up for your redemption is near.

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  4. damn! Only the envoy? I was hopping for the Pontiff himself to grace us with his presence on Zambian soil.

    [wink-wink]

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  5. In that photo ka Lungu looks like he was admiring the pope’s funny cap. I will not be surprised if ka Lungu starts wearing one himself.

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  6. Islam has its fundamentalists like Boko Haram, and Christianity has its own. So as Catholics let us concentrate on our faith, let them concentrate on their superstitions.

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  7. God Bless ECL.HH must be shaking in his bed.First successful Prayer day now the Pope if the biggest Church in Zambia.
    Woooo Ka Under 5.You are too pompous.

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  8. Bushe, finishi mufwya bane! everything ati iyo, prayers iyo, budget iyo, outfit ya first lady iyo,pope envoy iyo, reconciliation iyo, youth day iyo, independence iyo, RB lifting of immunity iyo, fyonse fye iyo! ninshi you are the ones that hold the secret formula ya heaven on earth pa zed, mwetunesu? this party must have all the solutions because everything that comes up is iyo, donations iyo, i think, the majority of the electorate should give them their vote mu 2016, these people have all a the nswers! im sure pa Zed pakaba ama streets of gold and the land will be flowing with milk and honey, im sure they must have solutions, aya, ma starring, they say they are educated, bapeni fye 2016, ma genius aya, bali soma, and all will be roses! ba zambia, ni stop fight iyi, mu 2016 dollar taya…

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  9. GOOD MAKE UP OVER THE SAUDI HAJAJA ATIRE

    I THINK MR ZULU THERE IS A GOOD MAN HAVING MET HIM AT KITWE BOYS SEVERAL TIMES IN COMPANY OF HIS TWIN BROTHERS AARON AND G ZULU

    HE IS A GOOD MAN

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  10. Can things get any worse. The agent of the beast, the 666, the son of perdition, the impostor posing as the agent of the true Christ. Read it Revelations, and you’ll find your redemption.

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  11. 7th will be on saturday this is the arrival day. sunday will be the meeting day PF{prayer and fasting} day. monday it will be strategic plan for homosexual and on tuesday it will be a departure day.

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  12. S.S & the Interlactual: I pity u guys for ur hate of the Catholic Church n ur shallow understanding of the Bible! Read the book of Daniel n Revelation with the help of the Holy Spirit of God 4 u to understand it! You read with an agenda! Sorry Guys! May the blood of our Lord cleans u of ur inborn hate of ur fellow human beings!

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  13. S.S & the Interlactual: I pity u guys for ur hate of the Catholic Church n ur shallow understanding of the Bible! Read the book of Daniel n Revelation with the help of the Holy Spirit of God 4 u to understand it! You read with an agenda! Sorry Guys! May the blood of our Lord cleans u of ur inborn hate of ur fellow human beings.

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    • ba Them,
      I’m not a religious man. That is putting it mildly. But every time I come across this theory of the pope and the antichrist, I laugh and I laugh. I was actually shocked to see that the theory is still making the rounds in Zambia to this day. I thought it had gone out of style with men’s platform shoes of the 1970s.

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