Lusaka, 04 February, 2020 / 4:08 am (ACI Africa).
Having dedicated the year 2020 to the reflection of the Word of God with the aim “to venerate, celebrate, study, disseminate and live” the message in the Sacred Scriptures, the Bishops in the Southern African nation of Zambia have emphasized the need to share the word of God, reaching out to various groups in their country with specific recommendations.
The focusing on the Word of God “so that it becomes the centre of all aspects of life,” the Bishops have stated in their Sunday, February 2 pastoral message, “is in line with our Strategic Plan whose vision is: A unified and empowered Conference of Catholic Bishops in Zambia that is inspired by the Word of God.”
In their 19-page pastoral message, the Bishops address themselves to parents, the youth and young adults, men, women, the family, civic and political leaders, catechists, formators, consecrated men and women, and the clergy, with particular recommendations.
“Parents as teachers should impress on the children their spiritual roots, and above all, the sharing of the Word of God with them,” the Bishops appeal and urge parents not to frustrate their children; “instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
The Church leaders draw inspiration from Pope Francis in their appeal to the youth and adults. “If you are young in years, but feel weak, weary or disillusioned, ask Jesus to renew you. With him, hope never fails,” the Church leaders cite the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit.