Catholic Church through His Eminence Fernando Cardinal Filoni has expressed concern over irresponsible parenthood especially mothers who are found of dumping their babies upon delivery saying that is uncalled for and the syndrome has to be checked and stopped.
Cardinal Filoni was speaking when he cheered orphans anddumped babies at Mother Teresa Orphanage Centre in Kawale, Lilongwe.
“These are just innocent souls and need to be loved and cared. They are the future leaders and need to be taken care of,” said Cardinal Filoni who was visibly seen touched.
Speaking to the orphans, Cardinal Filoni encouraged them to be prayerful and emulate from the life of Jesus.
A Sister Mira of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Congregation said the center has 53 orphans a ten dumped babies whom they take care of.
She said many of the babies are brought by either official from the District Social Welfare or the Police.
“As a community we would like to thank His Eminence for paying us a visit. His coming is a blessing to us and we are very grateful to the Holy Father who sent with him some gifts for the children,” she said.
She said as a congregation they believe that, life is a gift from God, so too the children at the center are a gift from God, adding that “who knows, these will be our future leaders,”.
“In thiscenter we have 53 children whom most of them are abandoned children, some lost their mothers and some lost both parents. We would want to discourage the tendency of aborting innocent children as well, therefore, let those that feel wouldn’t manage to take care for their children, bring them to this Centre rather than aborting or abandoning the innocent souls,” said sister Mira.
National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera said cases of baby dumping are mostly unreported to the Police hence it is difficult to measure how many babies are dumped within a specific period of time.
He said mostly the reasons behind baby dumping are that many run away from taking responsibilities over a child.
The Missionaries of Charity is a Roman Catholic Religious Congregation founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which now includes over 4,500 sisters in more than 130 countries.