Blantyre, 19 April, 2020 / 6:38 pm (ACI Africa).
In a bid to cater for the spiritual needs of the people of God in Malawi during the 21-day lockdown period envisaged by the government, Bishops in the Southern Africa nation have, in a collective statement, directed the Catholic media to include religious and pastoral content alongside relevant information about COVID-19.
“Catholic media houses, working in close collaboration with the Pastoral Commission, must not only disseminate information about coronavirus but must also prepare some pastoral resources to be aired through radio, television and social media platforms,” the Catholic Bishops in Malawi stated in their collective message.
The Catholic media should also “broadcast the Eucharistic celebration which Christians will follow at designated times of the day,” the Bishops directed, enlisting the various media outlets own by Church institutions, “namely, TV Luntha, Radio Maria Malawi, Radio Alinafe, Radio Tigabane and Radio Tuntufye.”
The broadcast of Masses, the Catholic Prelates in Malawi stated, would be done to compliment daily prayers in respective households and “on Sundays, the Order of Prayers where there is No Mass found in Chitsime and the Missal.”
The Bishops also directed the Priests “offer their pastoral ministry using the innovations available in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as well as offer sacramental services in line with the guidelines issued by the Holy See in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”