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VICE President Saulos Klaus Chilima on Friday evening challenged ministers in the Catholic Church to lead by example by giving to necessary causes for national development. Chilima was speaking when he presided over a fundraising dinner organised by Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church aimed at raising about K30 million towards supporting four of the newly established parishes.

He said apart from preaching to the laity on the need to give priests, brothers and stewards should be steadfast in demonstrating their teachings.

“We are gathered here for a very noble cause, the state of the four parishes need everyone’s helping hand including that of the bishop, priests, other church ministers and all of us,” he said adding: “It is in same vein that I urge all of us to continuously give and commit to the good cause of our nation not just moneywise but also in kind and patriotism.”

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The second citizen then reiterated that government cherishes the cordial relationship with the church. He said the church has been a partner in development since time immemorial and that government will do all it can for the growth of the relationship.

“Government recognises and promotes the freedom of worship that reigns amidst Malawians, and the country’s presidency is committed to upholding the freedom and building the relationship between government and the various religious groups,” Chilima stressed.

In his speech, Bishop John Ryan of the diocese said the decision to establish new parishes is aimed at bringing church ministers closer to the people. He said the diocese is inspired by the enthusiasm and the energy of its laity both in urban and rural areas whom he said have shown great commitment towards God’s service.

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“There is great energy on the ground, and inexplicable enthusiasm at all levels in the diocese. We want to build on the strengths and achievements of the pioneers of our diocese and ensure that people are transformed in the various scopes of life,” said Ryan.

The four new parishes are St Monica (Embangweni) and St Cecilia (Mpherembe) Parishes in Mzimba, as well as St Albert (Katoto) and St Bernadette (Chibavi) parishes in Mzuzu City. The development has brought the total number of parishes in the diocese, which caters for Mzimba, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay and Likoma districts to 14.

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