Reflecting on Bishop Maluma’s episcopal motto, “Service with Sacrifice and Love,” Fr. Chaula said that the late Bishop adhered to his maxim as “the words love and sacrifice were normal in our daily activities.”
He called on the people of God in Njombe Diocese to have courage and be united while mourning their Bishop and encouraged them to celebrate Bishop Maluma’s life “by making his philosophy of life a living memory.”
Bishop Maluma was laid to rest at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Njombe Tuesday, April 13.
In his message during Bishop Maluma’s Funeral Mass April 13, the President of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), Archbishop Gervais Nyaisonga called on the people of God in Njombe to emulate the attitude and work of their late shepherd.
“Bishop Maluma was well known for his efforts in bringing about the liberation of mankind. Let us all imitate the good things of Bishop Maluma,” Archbishop Nyaisonga who has been at the helm of Tanzania’s Mbeya Archdiocese since December 2018 said, adding that emulating the late Bishop “will help us to serve others.”
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Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the Clergy, men and women Religious and all the faithful of Njombe Diocese of Njombe in a statement that was read by TEC’s President.
In the statement, the Holy Father said he was “deeply saddened and deeply moved by the death of Bishop Alfred Maluma.”
He offered his prayers for the repose of Bishop Maluma’s soul and expressed gratitude for his “priestly and episcopal service in the Diocese of Njombe.”
On their part, the leadership of the Njombe Resources Association eulogized the late Bishop as one who “believed that his flock should be cared for.”
“He fought disease by doing a lot in the health sector including building dispensaries. He built so many schools. This leader believed in fighting poverty. He believed that his flock should become self-sustainable,” a representative of the Association said during April 13 Eucharistic celebration.
He added that the late Bishop “believed the Diocese could be economically viable... and that the Church has the power and influence to be able to quickly liberate people economically in collaboration with various agencies including the government.”
“Only a few people have received the gifts of resilience, silence, curiosity, leadership but with great results,” the representative of Njombe Resources Association said, adding, “We are weeping because of Bishop Maluma but let us remember that he was a gift from God.”
In an interview with ACI Africa, a Catholic Nun serving in the Tanzanian Diocese recalled the late Bishop as one who was open and who “welcomed different charisms in his diocese to enrich the diocese.”
Bishop Maluma “stood strong in faith and lived a life of humility and prayer among other values,” the Nun said, adding that the late Bishop “preached and embraced the value of human dignity. He will forever be remembered and valued. Rest in peace our dear Bishop.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.