Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pastoral Letter from the Zambia Episcopal Conference

Thanks to Cristina Vargas for the following letter from the Zambia Episcopal Conference

That they may have abundant life (John 10:10)

To the Catholic faithful and all people of goodwill.

Grace, mercy and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18)

In the first instance, we take this opportunity to thank God for the relatively peaceful transition that this nation experienced during and after the tripartite elections of September 2011.

1.0 Church and State Relations
The common denominator and our mutual rallying point between the Church and the State is that we are both concerned about the common good and the well-being of God’s people. It is from this point of view that we welcome the easing of tensions between the Catholic Church and the Government. It is our prayer and hope that we never again return to that era in which our national media was used to demonise and vilify innocent citizens and organisations. READ MORE

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