Lusaka, 12 August, 2020 / 9:34 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) have written to Pope Francis expressing their joy and gratitude after the Holy Father wired a donation of €100,000.00 to the people of God in the Southern African country to help vulnerable populations who have been worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disclosing the contents of the letter in an interview with ACI Africa, ZCCB Secretary General, Fr. Cleophas Lungu, said that the Bishops had informed the Holy Father that the financial donation would be put to the use for which it was intended.
“The Bishops were first of all, very grateful to the Holy Father for his continued care, leadership and for responding to the needs of the poor. They thanked him for particularly demonstrating how close he is to the suffering and assured him that the money would be put to good use, just as it was intended,” said Fr. Cleophas in the Tuesday, August 11 interview.
He said that the money, which will be shared equally among all the 11 dioceses in the country will be targeted to the poor, the homeless, the widows and other vulnerable groups irrespective of their ethnic, political and their religious inclinations.
“Already, Bishops in all the dioceses have a list of the needy people who were drawn from parishes and Small Christian Communities,” Fr. Cleophas told ACI Africa.