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Catholics to collect offering for Idai survivors

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.

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