Thursday, July 25, 2024

President Hichilema Celebrates Elevation of Diocese of Ndola to Archdiocese


In a historic announcement that has resonated throughout Zambia, the Diocese of Ndola has been elevated to the status of an Archdiocese by His Holiness, Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church. This significant milestone has been met with widespread jubilation and heartfelt congratulations from various sectors of society.

President Hakainde Hichilema, in an official statement, extended his warm congratulations to His Grace, the Most Reverend Dr. Benjamin Phiri JCD, the Catholic community of Ndola, and the entire nation. The President highlighted the longstanding, cordial relations between the Zambian government and the Catholic Church, emphasizing the mutual respect and shared values that have characterized their partnership since Zambia’s independence in 1964.

“On behalf of the government and the people of Zambia, we wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to His Grace, the Most Reverend Dr. Benjamin Phiri JCD, the Catholic community of Ndola, and the nation on the elevation of the Diocese of Ndola to an Archdiocese by the Holy Father, Pope Francis,” President Hichilema stated.

The elevation of the Diocese to an Archdiocese marks a pivotal moment for the Catholic community in Zambia, reflecting the growth and vibrancy of the faith in the region. The Catholic Church has been a cornerstone in the country’s spiritual and social development, playing a crucial role in education, healthcare, and community services.

President Hichilema underscored the strong and cooperative relationship between the state and the Catholic Church, noting that this partnership has been instrumental in fostering development and promoting the well-being of Zambians across the nation.

The news has been received with great enthusiasm by the Catholic faithful and the broader Zambian community, who see this elevation as a recognition of their dedication and the significant contributions of the Church to the nation’s moral and social fabric.

As the newly elevated Archdiocese of Ndola prepares to embark on this new chapter, the nation joins in celebration, looking forward to continued collaboration and shared progress between the government and the Catholic Church.


  1. Where has he found the courage to congratulate the Archbishop whose diocese his heavily armed police besieged and humiliated worshippers by searching them before they allowed them to congregate? I can notice some degree of insanity here. There’s no normal person that can do that with a straight face. Let’s pray for our president so that he comes back to his senses. Amen

  2. What cooperation? Why do we tell lies. At a burial of a notorious bandit every speaker will eulogize HOW GOOD THE DECEASED WAS

    • If a few priests have been corrupted by Bishop Banda it doesn’t mean that the entire church is not in consonant with the government
      Mulenya mulelapila

    • If you don’t understand just keep off. Your party has tried everything to unseat Archbishop Banda even going to the extent of fabricating a fake letter by priests to remove him. Now the archbishop of Ndola has directed all priests not to allow politicians in their churches….. regardless of the party. So fat Albert must go to church to worship and not to praise HH.

    • Priests don’t need to be bribed to say the truth.
      Nothing your demigod promised has materialized… democracy has gone through the window.

  3. When will it dawn to Africans that we had our own Gods, that you did good to everyone for your blessings to multiply, that you did not unlive anyone as their spirit would haunt you…etc…we dropped our own religions(that had meaning and would have evolved with the times) and fully accepted theirs – which condone unliving because you confess on Sunday and your plate is clean. In no time at all, we had the bible and they had the land. Please read Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”. It paints a great picture of what was…


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