Pope addresses Malawi bishops: ‘Family necessary for culture of solidarity’

Pope Francis on Thursday met with the Bishops of Malawi, who are in Rome on their ad limina visit.

Pope Francis: I offer a joyful welcome to you who have come from “the warm heart of Africa”, as you make your pilgrimage to Rome, “the warm heart of the Church”.

Pope Francis: I offer a joyful welcome to you who have come from “the warm heart of Africa”, as you make your pilgrimage to Rome, “the warm heart of the Church”.

In his address, he expressed his “appreciation” for the “admirable spirit” of the Malawian people, noting that despite “serious obstacles, have remained strong in their commitment to family life.

“It is in the family, with its unique capacity to form each member, particularly the young, into persons of love, sacrifice, commitment and fidelity, that the Church and society in Malawi will find the resources necessary to renew and build up a culture of solidarity,” Pope Francis said.

“There is no aspect of family life – childhood and youth; friendship, engagement and marriage; spousal intimacy, fidelity and love; interpersonal relations and support – which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love, communicated through the Gospels and taught by the Church,” he continued.

“There is scarcely a greater commitment that the Church can make to the future of Malawi – and indeed, to her own development – than that of a thorough and joyful apostolate to families.”

Pope Francis said a “natural result” of this apostolate will be an increase in religious and priestly vocations.

“As the Church in Malawi continues to mature, it is imperative that the strong foundations laid by generations of faithful missionaries be built upon by local men and women evangelizers,” he said.

The Holy Father concluded his address by speaking of those suffering from HIV/AIDS, particularly to the orphaned children and parents left without love and support as a result of this illness.

“Continue to be close to those in distress, to the sick, and especially to the children,” said Pope Francis  “I ask you, particularly, to offer my gratitude to the many men and women who present Christ’s tenderness and love in Catholic healthcare institutions.” –Source: Vatican Radio

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nkunthamasese
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Iwe Shame usaname,ndi nthawi ya HKB yomwe teachers were chased to go and teach mzigawo zakwao. Ndiye iweyo nthawi yake iti? HKB nayenso anali watsankho.

joseph
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lets preach about salvation brethren. proud to b a catholic and its docrines. yes, the church established bu the apostle himself, st. peter. lets join hands anthu a mipingo yonse to bring pple closer to Jesus than to let our human thinking mislead the flock.

mwenendope ngangasyungu
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mwenendope ngangasyungu

That is a lie which has led to many to forget reading the bible. Catholic Church was established in 324AD. So to say it was Peter who established the church is a lie.

SAMUEL GAWAZA
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Inendi linganga ndi catholic ,musaweluze mungaweluzidwe!!!

Jando
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The catholic church is a family of dioceses with bishops in a federal structure.
Having regions with elected governors through competition by all political parties in one family of malawi nation is a good move for federalism in malawi

madalitso chilombo chilombo
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madalitso chilombo chilombo

i will die a catholic. koma zinazi zikumandichititsa manyazi tasithani.

Clement
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AKULU AKULU ANU APITA KWA WACHITATU WAKWA SATANA KUKAPEPHA FEDALISM KAPENA KUKAGWADILA POPE? MUKUKANA KULAMBILA YEHOVA WOKUPATSANI MOYO
KUMAKAGWADILA GALU DYABULOSI WENIWENI Y?
DONT THINK KUTI MUNGATITENGELE KWA SATANA WANUYO NEVER EVER,ZILAMBILANI MAFANO ANUWO LIPENGA LILILA INU MUTAGWADILA PAPA
SORRY 4 U GUYS

kintshane
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I think number 9 is a satanist! Leave him alone.

Clement
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MWELENGABWINO BIBLE WOSATI LANULIJAYI NDIPO CHOWONADI CHIDZAKUMASULANI MUDZINGWE ZAWOYIPAYO,MASO MULINAWO KOMA SIMUWONA,MAKUTU MULINAWO KOMA SIMUMVA.CHATSALA NDICHIWONONGEKO BIBLE SAYS COME OUT OF HER MY PPLE,PLEASE BRO JESUS IS CALLING U DONT GO TO POPE, GO JESUS

mpopoma
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Feudalism is actually the best system

Chikoko
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The catholic church can never be destroyed by unfounded comment like those made by number 2. If the catholic church had its core business other than that of Jesus it would never have survived up to now. We the catholic church believe in one God and our God will always guide the church always even if you make your sinful comments about the only catholic and apostolic church. Proud to be a catholi and i wil die a catholic

Dr. Mango
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Boko harram be prepared for your own judgement when you die. Never waste your time despising The Holy Roman Catholic Church because you can never defeat it. You know what? Satanayo amathawa akangoona kolona. Ask amene amatamba ife you are not one of those already!!

wangalusa
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The notion that the southerners are angainst federation because they’re well off in infrustructural, social or econmic development is a fuss. Blantyre is my home. Tarred roads are in the city. Blantyre has no district hospital. There are make shift classrooms made of grass around Lunzu & Liranngwe zones. Village access roads are impassable when it rains, boreholes are not repaired. People go hungry in the lean months. Mind you, Lunzu and Lirangwe are only 16 &20 km from the BT city centre respectively. Pitani mukatsimikize zimenezi. Ndikutitu kuli makalasi omangidwa ndi udzu ku Blantyre. I can go on &on.… Read more »
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