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Papal envoy jets in for Karonga Cathedral consecration

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Cardinal Fernando Filoni Thursday arrived in the country ahead of the consecration of St Joseph the Worker Cathedral of the Catholic Church in Karonga Diocese on Saturday.

Filoni was welcomed by Archbishop Julio Murat, Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia, Archbishops Tarcizious Ziyaye and Thomas Luke Msusa of Lilongwe and Blantyre Archdioceses respectively, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese and Secretary General for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Fr. Henry Saindi.

During his five-day stay in Malawi, Filoni, among others, led in the Eucharistic celebration in the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe yesterday.

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“On Friday [today], he will interact with the laity including children at St. Mary’s Parish in the Diocese of Karonga whereas on Saturday [tomorrow] he will consecrate, on behalf of Pope Francis, Saint Joseph the Worker Cathedral of the Diocese of Karonga,”reads part of the programme.

According to the programme, the Cardinal will on Sunday lead in a Eucharistic celebration at St. Patrick’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe and on Monday he will lead in the Eucharistic Celebration at the Monastery of the Poor Clares before visiting Children at Missionary Sisters of Charity (Sisters of St. Tereza of Calcutta) in Kawale. From Malawi, he will proceed to Zambia through Kamuzu International Airport.

The Diocese of Karonga is one of the eight dioceses in Malawi and was created on July 21 2010 and officially inaugurated on November 20, 2010. On the same day, Bishop Mtumbuka was ordained as the diocese’s first Bishop.

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Karonga Diocese is divided into two deaneries which are subdivided into six parishes. The diocese covers the districts of Karonga and Chitipa including the northern part of Rumphi.

The area under the diocese is the remotest and poorest part of Malawi. It is territory that is mostly hilly and mountainous making the movement of both goods and people difficult.

Vice President Saulosi Chilima will represent President Peter Mutharika at the consecration ceremony.

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