Blantyre Archdiocese children have called on government and Church leaders to take a deliberate effort in protecting and safeguarding the rights of children who are regarded as future leaders in the country’s development.
The Children expressed this at Saint Montfort, Catholic Institute (CI) during the Archdiocese’s celebrations of Holy Childhood Mass which attracted thousands of Catholic Children’s faithful drawn from all the Parishes in the Archdiocese.
The Children celebrated the day with a Holy Mass which was presided over by His Grace Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese as all the arrangements for the Mass were championed by the Children themselves. Later, after the Holy Mass, the children show cased different activities including poems ,drama and songs which were performed before His Grace the Archbishop.
In their petition to the government and the Church, the Children are calling upon the authorities to promote education by supporting them with adequate teaching and learning materials including enough school blocks, eliminate child labour and provide proper security to the children.
According to one Priscilla Njovuyalema who during this day read the first reading from the words of God,Children in this country and elsewhere face a number of challenges hence the need for the leaders to address them.
In his homily, Archbishop Msusa acknowledged numerous challenges that children face and called upon all stakeholders to join hands and make the life a child better than before.
“It is our responsibility to make sure that our children are well protected.And it is for this reason that I also invite parents to make sure that they strive to teach their children grow both body and soul,” said Archbishop Msusa.
The Archbishop also called on Children and people of good will to pray for children who are currently struggling in their respective countries that peace should be upon them at all times.
“Please pray for your fellow children who were abducted in Nigeria, pray for your fellow children with Malawi and elsewhere who are currently struggling in different ways. We should also pray for those people that are found of violating children’s rights that they should change their behavior and start loving children,” said Archbishop Msusa.
He added, “Lastly, pray for your parents,myself your Bishop, Priests, religious men and women and our country’s leaders. Make sure also that you also strive to achieve your goals of becoming Bishops, Priests, religious men and women and even Presidents of this country”.