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New Book on Future of Religious Life in Africa Lays Bare Technology Gaps

Aug 6, 2020

As Fr. Isaac Kibombwe, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) prepares for an online retreat organized by the congregation towards the end of October, he reflects on how fast the Church has adjusted to technology thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he says has accelerated this adjustment.

Journalists drawn from various parts of Zambia who completed a media training organized by Caritas Zambia. / Caritas Zambia

Journalists Told to Support Indigenous Farming Methods at a Caritas Zambia Training

Jul 30, 2020

Journalists drawn from various parts of Zambia completed a media training organized by Caritas Zambia, the humanitarian and development arm of Catholic Bishops in Zambia.

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB).

Healthcare Staff in Zambia Serving “patiently under very difficult circumstances”: Bishops

Jul 22, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Zambia have expressed their appreciation for the services rendered by the country’s healthcare workers who, according to the Bishops, are serving the people of God in the southern Africa nation “patiently under very difficult circumstances.”

Bishop Moses Hamungole and President Egar Lungu during the handing over ceremony of the Five-hectare piece of land Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Zambia’s Monze Diocese Gets Boost in New Cathedral Project with Land from Government

Jul 6, 2020

The people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Monze in Zambia received a boost in the plans to put up a new Cathedral when, on Saturday, July 4, the Government handed over a five-hectare piece of land to the Local Ordinary, Bishop Moses Hamungole.

Bishop Benjamin Phir, newly appointed Bishop of Ndola, Zambia / Zambia Catholic Bishops Conference(ZCCB)

Auxiliary Bishop of Zambia’s Chipata Diocese Transferred to Ndola as Bishop

Jul 3, 2020

Auxiliary Bishop Benjamin Phiri who has been serving in Zambia’s Diocese of Chipata since his episcopal ordination in April 2011 has been transferred to the Diocese of Ndola following his appointment as Bishop of the same Diocese located in the Copperbelt region of the Southern African nation.

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB).

Catholic Lawmakers in Zambia Put on the Spot over Contested Bill

Jun 26, 2020

The Catholic laity in Zambia are demanding an apology from the Catholic Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Eastern African country for allegedly faulting the position of the Catholic Bishops on the highly contested Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2019 also known as Bill 10, which the Bishops have termed “divisive.”

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB).

“Withdraw the Constitutional Amendment Bill”, Bishops in Zambia Tell MPs

Jun 11, 2020

Bishops in the Southern Africa nation of Zambia have called on the country’s Members of Parliament (MPs) to consider withdrawing the Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2019 also known as Bill 10 from the floor of the House saying it does not reflect the constitutional desires of a majority of the citizens.

Archbishop Giafranco Gallone,  Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia with Bishop Moses Hamungole and members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) after the presentation ceremony on Monday, May 25. / Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB)

Pope Francis’ Representative in Zambia Donates COVID-19 Equipment to Three Hospitals

May 27, 2020

In a bid to support the efforts undertaken by Catholic Church leaders in Zambia in the fight against COVID-19, the representative of Pope Francis in the Southern Africa nation has donated three ventilators and N95 as well as surgical masks to benefit three hospitals, saying the donation was part of the Holy Father’s initiative to help “all the African countries.” The Apostolic Nuncio in the country, Archbishop Giafranco Gallone delivered the items to Bishop Moses Hamungole on behalf of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) on Monday, May 25. “I know that this is a small gesture in this moment, but the Holy Father is helping all the African countries (by) sending the same contribution,” Archbishop Gallone has been quoted as saying during the handing over ceremony at ZCCB Secretariat in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. The Italian Prelate who represents Pope Francis in neighboring Malawi as well added in reference to the Holy Father, “It is his concern as a good father towards those that are suffering and do not have the necessary means to be able to cure themselves.”. The three ventilators will be used at Cardinal Adam Memorial Hospital, Lusaka, Chilonga Mission Hospital in Muchinga province, northeast Zambia and St. Dominics' Mission Hospital in the Copperbelt province, south of the country. The three hospitals, the Apostolic Nuncio noted, “are without proper instruments to help COVID-19 patients.” Zambia has recorded at least 920 cases, 336 recoveries and seven related deaths. Appreciating the donation from the Holy Father, Sr. Elizabeth Njovu from St. Dominics’ Mission Hospital noted that the ventilators “will ultimately save lives, make their mission work easy, and offer excellent response services in the three facilities.” “The health sector, being at the frontline in the fight against the scourge has faced the most impact mainly because the fight has taken a colossal amount of resources, which would have been allocated evenly to fights of other health issues,” Sr. Njovu said. During the handing over ceremony, the Apostolic Nuncio revealed that Pope Francis is also concerned about people who have lost jobs in Africa as a result of COVID-19, and who are affected by the looming hunger crisis. “Aided by his collaborators, he (Pope Francis) has great desire to find (the) right ways of implementing charitable interventions for a possible food emergency throughout Africa,” the Nuncio said and added, “We hope that the situation could be mitigated by the aid of the international community.” Reiterating the words of Pope Francis expressing his solidarity with those affected by the pandemic, the 57-year-old Prelate said, “I express my closeness to those who are suffering from COVID-19, to those who are dedicated to their care and to all those who, in any way, are suffering from the pandemic.”

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB)

Individual Bishops in Zambia to Make “final decision” on Resuming Public Celebrations

May 25, 2020

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) have resolved to have individual Local Ordinaries in the Southern African nation make “the final decision” on the resumption of liturgical celebrations in their respective dioceses, including the measures to curb the possible spread of COVID-19. 

Representatives of the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) in Zambia. / CCGM

Church Leaders in Zambia Denounce “media harassment”, Demand Press Freedom

May 22, 2020

Leaders representing various Church groupings in Zambia have, in a collective statement, “strongly condemned” the violation of press freedom in their country following multiple incidents when those at the helm of the main opposition party have been barred from scheduled radio programs or their programs disrupted midway.

Plans Underway to Celebrate Laudato Si' Week in Africa amid COVID-19 Restrictions

May 15, 2020

Plans are underway in Africa to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the environment, Laudato Si’ through a series of activities, which the Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa (GCCM Africa) is spearheading amid COVID-19 restrictions, officials involved in organizing the weeklong event dubbed “Laudato Si’ Week” have told ACI Africa.

Some young girls at the City of Hope in Zambia. / City of Hope

How Salesian Sisters in Zambia are Supporting Vulnerable Children amid COVID-19

May 8, 2020

In a bid to keep vulnerable children in Zambia safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the female branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, have undertaken various initiatives to support the children.

Fr. Leonard Chiti, Provincial Leader of the Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province. / The Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province.

Take Steps “to heal inequality, poverty” in Zambia: Jesuits at Launch of COVID-19 Relief

May 6, 2020

The leadership of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Zambia and Malawi has expressed concerns over inequality and the level of poverty in the Southern Africa nation of Zambia amid COVID-19, calling on the government to work toward addressing the gap and give an opportunity for affected people to bounce back.  

Fr. Justin Matepa, the new Diocesan Administrator of Mpika Diocese in Zambia. / Fr Justin Matepa

Elected Diocesan Administrator in Zambia Says He Relies "on goodwill, cooperation of all"

Apr 23, 2020

The newly elected Diocesan Administrator of Zambia’s Mpika Diocese, Fr. Justin Matepa is looking toward the collaboration of the people of God in his diocese to accomplish the ministry of running the diocese until the Vatican appoints a Local Ordinary, he has told ACI Africa.

(ZCCB) Representative, Bishop Moses Hamungole receives donation on behalf of the Conference. / Caritas Zambia

Amid COVID-19, “let us support Church’s ministry to poor, vulnerable”: Zambia Bishops

Apr 16, 2020

At a time when governments across the globe have been forced to expend their resources in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Bishops in the southern Africa nation of Zambia are encouraging the people of God in their country to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in their midst rather than expect foreign donations.

Late Bishop Justin Mulenga, 65, who passed on Friday, March 20 in his country’s capital, Lusaka.

Bishop Dies Two Days after Communicating Major Directives on COVID-19 in Zambia

Mar 21, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in Zambia has died just two days after he issued a statement with directives on COVID-19, which included the “indefinite closure of all Major Seminaries” in the Southern Africa nation.

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Bishops in Zimbabwe Exclude Children, Sick, Elderly from Attending Mass

Mar 20, 2020

While there has not been a reported case of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe, Catholic leaders in the country that is situated in Southern Africa have, as a precautionary measure, advised children, the sick, the elderly and other vulnerable groups not to attend public Mass on Sunday, in adherence to measures put in place by the government.

Chaos in Lusaka, Zambia after a gassing incident / newsdiggers

Bishops in Zambia Decry “rampant gassing of people, homes, institutions”

Feb 22, 2020

The reported use of a chemical on people to immobilize and attack them that has resulted in deaths and injuries in various places in Zambia has caught the attention of the Catholic Bishops in the Southern Africa nation. They have, in a collective statement, decried the acts and termed them “criminal and subversive activities.”

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Caritas Internationalis Emergency Programs Helping Alleviate Hunger in Zambia, Zimbabwe

Feb 22, 2020

Almost a month after the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that a hunger crisis 'on scale we've not seen before' is looming in Southern Africa with 45 million people in need of urgent food aid, the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis, is helping, through its emergency programs, alleviate the hunger situation in Zambia and Zimbabwe, two of the most hard-hit countries.

Kenya-based Catholic University Initiates a Response to Papal Call for Child Safeguarding

Feb 21, 2020

In an effort to respond to Pope Francis’ call that all local churches across the globe set working systems to address sexual crimes committed by clerics and religious, the Institute of Canon Law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has expanded admissions into its Canon Law training.