Lusaka (Agenzia Fides) - "The month of October 2019 should be a reminder to every Christian that the gift of faith received at baptism sends them on mission": said Father Cleophas Lungu, Secretary General of the Bishops' Conference of Zambia ( ZCCB), opening a meeting in preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019, attended by representatives of all the dioceses of Zambia. Making reference to the Zambian Bishops 2016 Pastoral Letter entitle "Go out to the whole world, proclaim the gospel to all Creation" (Mark 16:15), he said the missionary calling of the Church is for all that are baptized, ordained and consecrated to be on mission.
At the meeting there were the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinators and Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) Directors. "The Church in Zambia wants to celebrate and thank the missionaries who bring with zeal the gift of faith, their enthusiasm that overcomes all the risk risk of diseases, to places without roads, and without knowing the language of the people. Missionary work should not be left to the priests alone, but that the laity too must be involved", added the Secretary General.
In his opening remarks, ZCCB National Pastoral Coordinator, Fr. Justin Matepa expressed his satisfaction with the representation of all the eleven dioceses. "Your presence here in this meeting shows the importance that the Catholic Bishops in Zambia are attaching to the extraordinary Mission Month of October 2019", Fr. Matepa noted.
In his introductory remarks, PMS National director, Fr. Edwin Mulandu, spelled out the proposed four dimensions to prepare for and live out the Extraordinary Month of October 2019: to consider personal encounter with Jesus Christ; the witness of the Saints and Missionary Martyrs; Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation and Missionary charity as key aspects to guide the group in the deliberations during the preparations for the Extraordinary Mission month of October, 2019. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 11/1/2019)