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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24 thoughts on “Pope addresses Malawi bishops: ‘Family necessary for culture of solidarity’”

  1. nkunthamasese says:

    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.

  2. joseph says:

    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.

    1. mwenendope ngangasyungu says:

      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.

  3. SAMUEL GAWAZA says:

    Inendi linganga ndi catholic ,musaweluze mungaweluzidwe!!!

  4. Jando says:

    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

  5. madalitso chilombo chilombo says:

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

  6. Clement says:

    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

    1. kintshane says:

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

      1. Clement says:

        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

  7. mpopoma says:

    Feudalism is actually the best system

  8. Chikoko says:

    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

  9. Dr. Mango says:

    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!!

  10. wangalusa says:

    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. We’re all facing the same problems countrywide.

  11. Mbanangwa says:

    Congrats, let us not destroy the family.

  12. boko harram says:

    Anthu opembedza mafano inu tchito koma kukwela ti ana ta chimuna . Pamaso ngati anthu koma kuseli ndi zinyama zeni zeni. Mpingo wanji wo lorera kuti amuna okha okha azikwatilana chikhalilecho mulungu adalenga mamuna ndi mkazi. Sizachilendo tikamava kuti mpingo umenewu udayambitsidwa ndi masatanic pofuna kugonjetsa chilungamo. Pano zoona zayamba kuoneka wina nduja adachita resingh chifukwa chokana zolinga za satanic wawo tsoka kwa iwo opembrdza mafano mkumati ndimilungu.

    1. Jamie says:

      Eeh! Koma @ akulu muli ndi vuto. I am proud to be catholic. What about u?

    2. Pichi says:

      Iii koma achimwene akatolika adakulakwirani chiani? Mwamva kuti kuti akatolika amalora ukwati otelo. Mulitu ndi vuto inu. Tawerengani bwino statement on the Family after this recent synod of Bishops ku Rome mumve. Mukumudziwa adayambitsa mpingo wa catholic inu? Kuti? chaka chanji?

  13. Singer says:

    Is my prayer that the Bishops when they return to Malawi they will address the issue of federal system which is promoting divisions among Malawians. Malawi as a poor country it is unity only and in unity we can build a better Malawi. Mu umodzi muli mphamvu. Let us all fight the corruption imene yafika poyabwa ngati chitedze as one, Corruption is making many Malawians poor, let us share the cake equality God provided enough for everyone in this world.

    1. mohamad says:

      Unity is only when you share what u have and not vice versa. Feudalism is for us in central and north. U can’t understand the need because u are enjoying. One day, this will work out.

    2. ANALYST says:

      I think Singer you are not speaking based on facts, but emotional reasons! Amalawi ndife ogawikana kale (we already call each other “Mtumbuka iwe”; Mlomwe iwe”; “Mchewa iwe”; etc)! Did these come because of Federalism? Chonde AMalawi, tiyeni tdziwona zinthu momwe zilili. (And I can assure you, because of such mentality, my beloved Bishops will NEVER make their stand known on such an issue because it would worsen the “divisional mentality” people like you have)

      1. Shame says:

        Shame on us. What happened? Where did it go wrong? I grew up during the HKB era. My neighbors were from all corners of the country. We didn’t identify anyone by tribe. It was only later on in life that I realized some were tumbuka, chewa, sena, or lhomwe. But in those days we were all one. To this day, some of my best friends are from the north, I am from a different part, and I have never seen a tribe written on any of them. We have the most beautiful friendships. When I was selected to a school in the north, it was a bit of a shock because I could not communicate with the locals, I could not understand the sermons in church but nobody berated me as kamuchawa. With time I learnt the language and easily mingled. Yes we may have cultural differences. Let not this diversity break us. Let us celebrate the beauty in our diversity. Federalism can not break us if the agenda is to spread development. Opportunists will break us.

        1. Jamie says:

          The first question a notherner will is; which is ur home district?

    3. Malawiana says:

      So you mean federalism is a sin?

  14. Joel says:

    Bravo Rev. Bishops! Love live Pope Francis!

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