LET us start afresh in a prayerful manner as a God fearing nation turning all our energies to finding solutions for the common good, the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops has said.
In a Pastoral Letter “to all Catholics and people of goodwill” dated July 19, 2019, the Bishops observed that there had been a prevailing situation in Zambia ranging from serious economic challenges; mistrust and hostility of one another; theft and hate speech towards each other; and frequent psychological and physical violence.
“These unfortunate circumstances have created a sense of anxiety and disorientation in all of us. Thus we your shepherds call upon all of you to take a deep breath and step back and turn to God in prayer and recollection so as to refocus ourselves on what is best for our country, Zambia,” states the letter.
“In a moment of introspection, we shall realise that, in fact, what unites us is greater than what divides us: we are all God’s children.”
The Bishops called on Zambians to “bring their talents forwards” in order to develop the country.
“Together we can surmount the myriad challenges facing us. As St Peter urges us, ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms’ (1 Pet 4:10),” states the bishops.
“Your knowledge, experience, wealth and position are like seeds, they bear fruits only when they are put at the service of others. Therefore, do not hide your gifts but use them for the common good. We urge everyone to live in harmony, peace, and love with one another.”
Signatories to the letter include ZCCB president and Bishop of Chipata Rt Rev George Lungu; Archbishop of Kasama and ZCCB vice-president Most Rev Ignatius Chama; Archbishop of Lusaka and Apostolic Administrator of Ndola Rev Alick Banda; Bishop Charles Kasonde (Solwezi), Bishop Evans Chinyemba (Mongu); Bishop Clement Mulenga (Kabwe); Bishop Patrick Chisanga (Mansa); Bishop Moses Hamungole (Monze); Bishop Justin Mulenga (Mpika); Bishop Valentine Kalumba (Livingstone); Auxiliary Bishop of Chipata Benjamin Phiri; and Bishop Emeritus of Livingstone Raymond Mpezele.