State Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has urged catholic faithfuls to take ownership of the church by fully supporting its development activities through their participation.
The VP, who was guest of honour during the Celebration of Patron of Saint: Our Lady of Fatima for Mpherere Catholic Parish in Ntchisi district on Saturday, said most people of good will who used to assist in the church’s development activities have since stopped.
He then pledged 100 bags of cement to support construction of a Multipurpose Hall at the parish.
Chilima appealed to people to desist from corruption which he said negatively affects the development of the church and the country.
“Let us condemn corruption which has not even spared the church. It is an evil practice which puts lives of people at risk as it leads to drug shortage in hospitals, among other things.
We need to join hands in fighting against it,” he said.
His Grace Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye of the Lilongwe Archdiocese, under which Mpherere Parish falls, appealed to Christians to pray hard and fear God in all their undertakings.
“It is really sad to see how the devil is using people to commit various types of sins nowadays including killing of persons with Albinism. These are things we could not hear of in the past,” said Ziyaye adding that when people sin they deprive themselves of peace of mind.
According to Mpherere Parish Priest, Father Augustine Kaliu, Our Lady of Fatima is a Catholic title of the Virgin Mary as reported by three shepherd children in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. The day is usually commemorated on May 13.
Established in 1939, Mpherere Catholic Parish has 23 out stations and 46,000 Christians.