Blantyre, 28 March, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are making their periodic visit to the Holy See, during which they are to pray at the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul, and have an audience with Pope Francis on the status of the people of God in the Southeastern African nation and “their ecclesial mission”.
The Ad Limina visit of the Catholic Bishops in Malawi between March 27 and April 3 comes at a time when the country is battling the devastating humanitarian crisis that was caused by Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which hit the country, reportedly leaving over 500 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
In a Press Statement dated Monday, March 27 ECM Secretary General says that the Catholic Bishops were already at the Vatican ahead of their engagement with the Holy Father.
Fr. Alfred Chaima goes on to present the schedule of ECM members at the Holy See, including their planned visits to various Vatican Dicasteries, as well as their scheduled prayers at various holy sites.
“The Bishops will have an audience with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and brief him on the state of the Catholic Church in Malawi over the past five years,” Fr. Chaima says.