Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga has called for a strong partnership between government and the Church.
Mr. Mushanga says government and the church should strongly work together in order to foster socio-economic development in the country.
He said it is for this reason that government established the Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Guidance.
Mr. Mushanga was speaking today when he officiated during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for St Francis Xavier Bwacha Catholic Parish in Kabwe.
The Minister observed that morality and cultural values have broken down in Zambia, especially among the youths hence the reason why government and the church should work together to correct the situation.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Mushanga lauded the Catholic Church especially for the role it plays in contributing to the education and health sectors.
And Kabwe Catholic Diocese Bishop, Clement Mulenga, took a swipe at the high rate of moral decay in Zambia which is called a Christian Nation.
Bishop Mulenga regretted that young people, who are the future of the nation, are engaging in criminal activities such as gangsterism which is being experienced on the Copperbelt Province and other parts of the country.
He called on parents to take the lead and start bringing up their children to be responsible citizens because the future of the nation belongs to the young generation.
Meanwhile, the Jesuit Priests, who run Bwacha Catholic Parish, have pledged to continue working with the community to foster morality and socio-economic development.
Fr Sax Sandanam, who took time to highlight what his society has done to the community, acknowledged that Kabwe is a birth place of political freedom and the growth of Christianity under the Jesuit society.
The diamond Jubilee has been celebrated after 60 years since the establishment of Bwacha Catholic Church under the theme ‘The Lord is my Shepherded, I shall not want’.