Lusaka, 16 February, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, has acknowledged the significant role of the Catholic Church in the Southern African nation, describing the entity as a “beacon of hope” and “a barometer of our nation's conscience.”
In a Tuesday, February 15 message issued after a meeting with the Holy Father’s representative in Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Giafranco Gallone, the Zambian Head of State said that plans are underway for him to visit Pope Francis in Rome.
“The Catholic Church in Zambia has continued to be a beacon of hope, an advocate of social justice and a barometer of our nation's conscience,” President Hichilema said in the message published on Facebook.
He added, “The Catholic Church has also continued to play a pivotal role in areas of education, health and the promotion of democracy and good governance in Zambia.”
“Zambians are very grateful for this selfless and enduring service rendered to their communities by the Church,” said President Hichilema who has been at the helm of the country since August last year.