Catholic Bishops holding their first 2022 plenary this week

The Catholic Bishops in Malawi have converged in Lilongwe for their first annual plenary, which started yesterday and will run to Friday, February 4, 2022.

Also in attendance at the conference are the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Malawi, His Excellency, Most Reverend Gianfranco Gallone and the Most Reverend Ignatius Chama, Archbishop of Kasama in Zambia who is also President of Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB).

Secretary General (SG) of the The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), an umbrella body of the Catholic Bishops in Malawi, the Very Reverend Father Dr. Henry Saindi, told Nyasa Times on Tuesday that the meeting will, among others, reflect on theme, “Protection and Promoting the Deposits of Faith: Building the Catholic Faith through new and primary Evangelisation.”

Secretary General Very Reverend Father Dr. Henry Saindi

Saindi added that the meeting will also review the current practices in the church’s liturgy; discuss matters pertaining to priestly formation in Spiritual Formation Centres and Major Seminaries and receive and discuss general progress report from the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA), Nanjiri CUNIMA Campus Project in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe and the establishment of the College of Health Sciences in the Diocese of Mzuzu.

“It will also receive and discuss progress and status reports from National Bodies, Organisations and Ecumenical Bodies such as the Association of Diocesan Catholic Clergy in Malawi (ADCCOM); the Association of Men Religious in Malawi (AMRIM); the Association of Women in Religious Institutes in Malawi (AWRIM); the National Laity Council, Catholic Women Organisation, Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and Christian Service Committee (CSC),” he said.

Saindi further narrated that the meeting will deliberate on progress and status reports from the Catholic Secretariat’s Pastoral, Social Development, Finance, Investments and Administration Directorates and the Pontifical Mission Societies, review and approve the roadmap for Functional Review of the Catholic Secretariat, roadmap for the hosting of the sub-regional conference of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Malawi; receive and discuss progress reports on development projects for the Catholic Secretariat and other National Institutions and receive and deliberate reports on governance and socio-economic challenges in the country.

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