Defend Faith, Correct Misconceptions “using teachings of the Church”: Archbishop in Malawi

Archbishop George Desmond Tambala installs Fr. Regis Kamela of the Archdiocese of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe as the first parish Priest of St. Anthony of Padua Area 25. Credit: ECM

The Local Ordinary of Lilongwe Archdiocese in Malawi has urged Catholics to defend their Christian faith and correct misconceptions about truths of faith by applying Church teachings. 

In his homily during the opening of a new Parish in his Metropolitan See on September 17, Archbishop George Desmond Tambala said, “The Catholic Church has come under attack from non-Catholics with the advent of social media … the faithful must stand up in defense and correct dogma misconceptions in the public domain.”

“Social media is a tool that enemies of the Church are using to attack us with deliberate misrepresentation of reality,” Archbishop Tambala has been quoted as saying in a Facebook report published September 17.

He added during the opening of St. Anthony of Padua Area 25 Parish, “I expect Catholics to defend their faith using the teachings of the Church.” 

“Non-Catholics, for example, assert that Catholics worship Mary, the mother of Christ,” Archbishop Tambala said, and added, “Disappointingly, some Catholics can't set the record straight. They almost agree with such non-truths.” 


“We revere Mary as the Mother of God, not worship her. It's all clear in our Catechism,” the Archbishop who has been at the helm of the Malawian Metropolitan See since November 2021 said.

He called for self-examination and introspection, saying, “Some enemies of the Church are within and inside the individual faithful. Each one of us has to introspect.”

The Local Ordinary of Lilongwe Archdiocese who doubles as the Chairman of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) urged parishioners of the new Parish “to desist from flouting of Church rules and guidelines and divisive behaviors such as bickering and segregation based on background, amongst themselves.”

The member of the Religious Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) expressed hope that “peace would be at the center of everything in the new parish guided by Christ himself in whose hands the faithful are only but pens to fulfill His plans.”

“I expect peace and co-existence among you. A parish is unity. I do not expect divisions. I expect that you will all live and worship in your fold,” he said, and added, “A parish is a group of the faithful with Christ as the center of their life,"

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He went on to urge parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Area 25 Parish to “prioritize the poor and make deliberate effort to pay attention to their plight as a fundamental principle of Christian life.”

the Malawian Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in Malawi’s Zomba Diocese in January 2016 said that he expects the parishioners to foster unity in the new Parish and to be “of assistance to the poor and less privileged.”.

Archbishop Tambala appointed and installed Fr. Regis Kamela of the Archdiocese of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe as the first parish Priest of the new parish that brings to 45 the number of Catholic Parishes in the Malawian Archdiocese.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.