Director of PMS in Slovakia “satisfied” with Church Initiatives in Malawi, Recognizes Gaps

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The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Slovakia has expressed satisfaction with the initiatives of the Catholic Church in Malawi. 

In a report published Thursday, September 22, Fr. Ivan Knaze who visited the Southeastern African nation is said to have recognized gaps in some of the Church facilities.

“We are satisfied and happy with the projects we have seen,” Fr. Knaze is quoted as saying in the report that the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) published on Facebook, adding, “We have also seen challenges in schools and health centers run by the Church.” 

PMS Slovakia has partnered with PMS Malawi in supporting children animation initiatives in the Southeastern African nation. 

The National Director of PMS in Slovakia who visited Malawi’s Dedza Diocese in the company of other church officials from the Central European nation and the National Director of PMS in Malawi promised to “do our best to help” address the gaps they had noted.


Fr. Knaze acknowledged with appreciation the faith practice of the people of God in Malawi amid challenges. 

“There are a lot of big churches in Europe but they are empty,” he said, and added, “To see that you need more and bigger churches here has been so inspiring.”

On his part, the PMS National Director for Malawi underlined the need for the Church in Malawi to foster initiatives towards self-reliance.

“What we receive here for these projects are subsidies that come when the communities have already done something,” Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa has been quoted as saying in the September 22 report.

Fr. Mwakhwawa adds, “We need to learn to give to the Church to implement projects like building Churches, Schools and hospitals. Because the funding will not always be there, this is exactly what our friends do.”

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.