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Catholic Bishops back anti-abortion demonstrations

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Catholic Bishops in the country have endorsed the anti “Termination of Pregnancy Bill” demonstrations that are slated for December 6, 2016.

In view of this, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has issued a communication to all Catholic parishes and churches in the country to mobilise their members to come forward and demonstrate against the tabling and probable passage of Termination of Pregnancy Bill by the National Assembly.

The communication that has been issued by ECM Secretary General, Henry Saindi, dated November 28, 2016 and addressed to all parish priests and copied to all Archbishops and Bishops calls on all Catholics to turn up in large numbers and tell the world to stop imposing foreign cultures on Malawi.

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“I am, therefore, making a special appeal to all of you to mobilise all Catholics within your parishes/dioceses to participate in this march on the said date. Find attached details regarding routes for the march in the four cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba. Information for the rest of the 24 districts will be provided in due course. Let’s stand up for life and the family.

“Marriage between a man and a woman is also under direct attack from those pushing for the legalisation of homosexual practices and unions. The Bishops approved and endorsed a plan to hold joint nationalwide marches with the Evangelical Association of Malawi, called Citizens’ March for Life and Family,” reads the communication.

In a separate interview, Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) Publicity Secretary, Reverend Francis Mkandawire, whose organisation is co-organising the Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage March, said Human Life is under direct attack through the proposed “Termination of Pregnancy Bill”, and as such Christians and all well-wishers should stand and defend the institution of marriage.

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“Human life must be respected, preserved, and defended from the moment of conception. We are calling upon all Catholics, Christians of other denominations and people of goodwill to stand up for the institution of marriage and family. Marriage between a man and a woman must be protected, supported and strengthened and not undermined. We want to say no to gay and lesbian unions and practices,” Mkandawire said.

ECM Southern Region Publicity Secretary, Alfred Mlekano, said they have informed the National Police Headquarters and sought permission from all four City Councils in Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu; and all 28 districts across the country.

He assured Christians that the march will be peaceful and warned those with ill motives never to show up and disturb the peaceful spirit of the demonstration.

In Lilongwe, the march shall start from Area 18 St. Patricks’ Catholic Parish and Presbyterian Church of Malawi (PCM) opposite Kamuzu College of Nursing and next to Central Medical Stores all to converge on Parliament Building.

In Blantyre, it will start from Blantyre Old Town Hall via Highway to Blantyre Civic Centre while in Mzuzu the demonstrations will start from Katoto Secondary School Ground via Mzuzu Highway to Mzuzu City Assembly.

The marchers in Zomba shall start from Mpunga Market via Shoprite to the DC’s Office while the second route shall start from Chinamwali Market via Zomba Zero to the DC’s Office.

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