Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - "The Catholic Church wants you also to participate in the celebration of the Year of the Bible, and hence, we ask you children to read the Bible and understand together with your fellow children, with your parents and teachers what God is speaking", said the Most Rev. Tarcisio Ziyaye, the Archbishop of Lilongwe on 11 January 2020 at St. John’s Msamba Parish, on the occasion of the celebration of Missionary Day for children as part of the Epiphany celebration, whose theme was "Children are baptized and sent to preach the word of God" . The Archbishop reminded the children that the Holy Father wants every Catholic to spend some of his/her time reading the bible, praying with the Bible and preaching the word of God in their daily life.
Over 3,000 children from all the parishes of the Archdiocese gathered joyful at St. John’s Parish. Most of them opened their hearts to the calling of Jesus Christ. Together, they prayed the Missionary Rosary, celebrated the Eucharist, Sung joyful including the Christmas songs and danced together, offered their gifts.
Following their motto, ‘Children helping Children’, they happily brought their tin box where they make weekly offerings in their parishes when they are attending the catechetical missionary formation.
The event, in addition to Archbishop Tarcisio Ziyaye, saw the presence of the PMS National Director, Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa, PMS Diocesan Director, Fr. Francis Lekaleka, Priests, men and women religious, the Lay leaders and Animators of the children. Sr. Rabecca Mathole, working for the Association of Women Religious Institutes in Malawi (AWRIM), emphased the need to put much effort in giving holistic missionary to children. She encouraged animators, parents and other pastoral agents to pay attention to the spiritual, physical, social and emotional needs of Children so that children grow with dignity as desired by the God the Father. (P.K.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/1/2020)