Monze, 20 February, 2021 / 2:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Cleric ministering in Zambia has, during an ecumenical prayer service against COVID-19, called on the people of God in the Southern African nation to “stand together” in the fight against the pandemic.
“Let us remember that as we fight against this pandemic, there is a need for unity of purpose,” the Secretary General of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Fr. Cleophas Lungu said during his Sunday, February 14 homily at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.
Fr. Lungu added, “We need to put our usual tribal, regional, religious and political differences aside and stand together as one Zambia, one nation, until we overcome.”
He decried the complacency among a section of the public in observing COVID-19 protocols, likening them to Jesus’ disciples who, despite their master teaching them the Word of God in parables, “failed to apply the Gospel in their life situation” when the storm struck in the sea.
“Even today, many people are taught what to do. However, when one goes to Soweto or COMESA Market, it is as if these people are living on a COVID-free planet,” Fr. Lungu said, and added, “Oftentimes, there is no adherence of the COVID-19 guidelines.”