Catholic Women in Malawi Urged to Shun Abortion, Uphold Family Values

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Members of the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) in Malawi have been urged to lead their families by example, to shun abortion, and to promote Christian values in their respective families.

In his message at the CWO National Annual General Meeting (AGM), Archbishop George Desmond Tambala of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe cautioned Catholic women against the temptation to “accept money” in an allure to terminate pregnancies.

“I urge you to be good examples and uphold the values of a Christian family in your families and teach children the importance of a family,” Archbishop Tambala said at the opening Mass of the AGM.

He added, in a Thursday, December 15 report, “As a Church, we also want you to fight for life by being against legalization of abortion in the country. Don't accept any money to implement projects that would advocate for abortion.”

The Catholic women were further urged to fight for the rights of the needy, including the poor and elderly in the country. They were also reminded to especially protect those presumed to be witches because of their old age.


“You also have to protect elderly people who are suffering and being considered witches in their communities because of their old age. Make a difference wherever you are,” Bishop Tambala who serves as the chairman of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) said.

In his speech, Archbishop Tambala thanked the women for always being dedicated and reliable to the Church. 

The Malawian Catholic Archbishop further encouraged the women to “resist bad ideologies coming into the country in the name of human rights.”

On his part, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, who is the Chairman of ECM's Pastoral Commission reiterated the Archbishop’s sentiments and urged the women to not be blind to the suffering of the many people in the country. 

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.