Pope Francis Secretary of Relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher has urged Zambians to offer themselves completely to the service of God.
Archbishop Gallagher said Zambians should give themselves completely to God through various services aimed at assisting the vulnerable in society, as people of God .
The Archbishop urged Zambians to emulate the poor widow in Mark 12:38-44 who offered her gift to God without measure.
He said this today during the Eucharistic Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka to celebrate fifty years of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic Zambia.
Archbishop Gallagher’s is on a four days working visit to Zambia as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic Relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Zambia.
And in delivering a Goodwill message from Pope Francis, Archbishop Gallagher described Zambia as a fertile ground for the word of God.
Archbishop Gallagher said the church in Zambia has since 1964 continued to record massive growth as evidenced by the growing key social infrastructure such as health and education.
Meanwhile, Archbishop Gallagher has reaffirmed the Holy See’s commitment to strengthening the existing bilateral relations with Zambia in all areas aimed at improving the living conditions of the people.
Archbishop Gallagher also paid glowing tribute to Zambia’s First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda for revitalising the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Zambia.
And Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Rayford Mbulu said the presence of the Pope’s representative in the country reaffirms the importance of the bilateral relations between the Hole See and the Zambian Government.
Mr. Mbulu told ZANIS in an interview shortly after the Eucharist’s Mass and praised the Holy See for supplementing government efforts in key sectors such as health education and agriculture.
This year 2015, marks the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Zambia.