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Archbishop Emeritus Bernard Malango mourned

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LAST RESPECT— Chilima honours
the man he described as selfless

By Deogratias Mmana

Vice President Saulos Chilima has described the late Archbishop Emeritus Bernard Malango as a symbol of selflessness.

Speaking on behalf of President Lazarus Chakwera, who is in Scotland, Chilima said the country had lost a selfless and God-fearing servant who would be remembered for his contributions to the nation.

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“In proper English, let us say he was a symbol of selflessness. Let us learn to be selfless,” said Chilima Tuesday during Malango’s funeral service at St Thomas Anglican Church in Lilongwe.

He said, apart from serving the church, Malango also served the government through a number of portfolios that included being chairperson for the National Aids Commission, serving at the Malawi Electoral Commission as well as playing the role of member of the presidential taskforce.

Provincial Secretary for the Province of Central Africa, Bishop William Mchombo, described Malango as a down-to-earth, visionary and man full of jokes. He said Malango would admonish his priests through deeds and not words.

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Malango also loved boxing, according to Bishop Brighton Malasa of Upper Shire Diocese.

The funeral ceremony started with mass, whose main celebrant was Bishop Francis Kaulanda of Lake Malawi Diocese. All the four serving Anglican bishops of Malawi and bishop Mchomo celebrated the mass with Kaulanda.

Kaulanda thanked the government for according Malango a burial with full military honours.

Malango was born on January 12 1943 in Nthondo Village, Ntchisi District. He came from the Nthondo royal family.

He was ordained priest on July 23 1972 in Mangochi District and acquired a Masters degree in Theology and was later conferred an honorary Doctorate in Theology.

Malango was consecrated bishop for Northern Zambia in 1988 and, later, installed archbishop.

He retired in 2006 after serving God for 35 years without interruption. He died on October 30 2021

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