CHIPATA diocese Bishop George Lungu has directed that there should be a special collection of money in all the parishes in the diocese next Sunday that will go to the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
In his communiqué after morning mass at St Anne’s Cathedral yesterday, Bishop Lungu who is also president of the Zambia Conference for Catholic Bishops, said all people of goodwill should render monetary or material support to the families affected by the cyclone.
“In support of victims of Cyclone Idai, Hebrews chapter 13 verse 16 reads, ‘And we should not forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased’. Recently parts of our neighbouring countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were hit by a powerful storm called Cyclone Idai. This has caused widespread flooding, destruction of property and loss of lives, to date more than 700 lives have been lost and millions of people have been left homeless while others are still missing,” he said. “The season of Lent challenges us Christians to share in the sufferings of our neighbours in need. On 20th March this year, The Holy Father Pope Francis called upon all of us to pray for the victims but also realising that there is need for material support, I hereby call upon all of you in pastoral and affective solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need to offer financial and material support to the victims. It is for this reason that I ask that next Sunday the 7th April 2019 let there be a collection in all our Catholic churches for this cause.”
Bishop Lungu said the issue was urgent, adding that the church would change a few things to accommodate the special collection.
“Chaona mnzako chapita mawa chili pa iwe(What your friend has faced today is gone tomorrow it will be you) I have asked the Diocesan pastoral coordinator Fr Gabriel Mgwazo Nyoni in collaboration with Caritas Chipata to facilitate this process. This collection shall be put together with other collections from other dioceses in the country and handed over to the countries affected by this cyclone. May our brothers and sisters find a little comfort through our humble contributions during this time of their suffering,” said Bishop Lungu.