Monze, 16 April, 2020 / 8:03 am (ACI Africa).
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.
“Whereas in the past, we could have cried out for help from the international community, this time, we are on our own because everyone is fighting the pandemic and using their resources to save their citizens,” the Bishop Moses Hamungole of Zambia’s Monze diocese told journalists during a press conference Tuesday, April 14.
Addressing members of the Press on behalf of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Bishop Hamungole added, “Let us not always wait on foreign donors when we also can share in solidarity and support of the Church's ministry to the poor and vulnerable people.”
“We, the Catholic Bishops in Zambia, strongly believe that we can mitigate the suffering of the poor and vulnerable by sharing whatever resources we have among us,” he said and added, “This way, we will contribute towards resources needed to save many of our people from being infected with the virus, from passing it to others, and from dying with the disease.”
Bishop Hamungole who heads the Commission for Social Communications Department of ZCCB further said that COVID-19 has come “at a time when Zambia has been struggling on many fronts to improve the livelihood of the people, especially the poor and vulnerable.”