Malawi Catholic Bishops plenary meeting closes

Catholic bishops in Malawi ended their second plenary meeting for this year on Friday and the meeting among others discussed the present social and political climate in the country.

Details of the discussions on the political and social climate are yet to be made available.

All the bishops in Malawi and the Vatican Charge de Affaires for Malawi Monsignor Hurbetus Van Megen attended the meeting. These are Tarcizio Ziyaye of Blantyre Archdiocese, Remi Ste Marie of Lilongwe Archdiocese, Joseph Zuza of Mzuzu diocese, Thomas Msusa of Zomba diocese, Peter Musikuwa of Chikwawa diocese, Emmanuel Kanyama of Dedza diocese, Allessandro Pagani of Mangochi diocese, Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese and Montfort Stima Auxiliary Bishop for BlantyreArchdiocese.

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The bishops also received progress and status reports from some ecumenical institutions jointly set up with mother bodies (Public Affairs Committee, Christian Health Association of Malawi, Malawi
Interfaith Aids Association and Ecumenical Counseling Centre) according to a press statement from secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Fr. George Buleya.

The bishops also discussed ways of disseminating and actualizing the Pope’s document called Africae Munus (Africa’s Commitment) which Pope Benedict XV1 gave to the church in Africa in the service to
reconciliation, justice and peace.

The meeting further discussed preparations for the AMECEA meeting to be held in Malawi in 2014.

AMECEA is Association of Member Episcopal Conferences for Eastern Africa which comprises nine countries and Malawi is the current chair.

The statement says the bishops also took time to discuss priestly formation in the seminaries and they also endorsed ECM Child Protection Guidelines, ECM Strategic Framework and the Constitution of the Catholic Women Organization.

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