Govt hails Catholic Church

Written by  Alex Mwangosi

Government has hailed the Catholic Church and other religious institutions for the complementary role of developing the country. Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango was speaking at St Augustine Parish in Mzuzu City during a silver jubilee for Father Mark Mkandawire of the Roman Catholic Church.

We cherish the role of the church - Mhango We cherish the role of the church - Mhango

Mhango, who was accompanied by other government and DPP Officials, said government cherishes the good working partnership with the Church.

“Government and the Church are partners in development. You know the church has schools, hospitals and other social services for the people while government looks at the general welfare of the same citizens. So we complement each other,” said Jappie Mhango.

On the silver Jubilee, The Minister wished Father Mark Mkandawire well as he continues to serve God.

“25 years is quite a long time and I wish Father Mkandawire the best. I came here to support the church because I am a fellow Catholic and because His Excellency the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika advises us to be doing so,” explained Mhango.

And speaking to MBC, Father Mark Mkandawire thanked God for his grace and pledged to continue serving God and the Church.

“It is not about the years but the faith and dedication to serve God and others,” said Father Mark Mkandawire.

During the Mass Prayers, Father Mkandawire emphasized for the need for Malawians to assist the less privileged in society.

“Often times we don`t want to assist the needy. We judge them differently but faith without serving the less privileged is nothing. So as Malawians let's be helping each other especially those who are physically challenged including the albinos,” pleaded Father Mkandawire.

Father Mkandawire, who was born on 29th November 1965, started the pastoral work on 8th August 1993 and is currently administering at St Mary’s Kasitu Parish in Nkhotakota district of the Diocese of Mzuzu.

The ceremony was attended by a cross section of Christians from Karonga, Rumphi, Mzimba, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota and Dedza.

Also present at the Silver jubilee were Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nicholas Dausi, Presidential Advisor on Women Affairs Clara Makungwa and other DPP officials from the North.

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