VP Chilima Calls On The Church To Help Fight Corruption As The Vice Has Not Spared The Church
Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has urged catholic faithful to take ownership of the church by fully supporting its development activities.
The VP, who was guest of honour during the celebration of Our Lady of Fatima,who is Patron Saint for Mpherere parish in Ntchisi district, said most people of good will who used to assist
in the church’s development activities have since stopped.
The parish’s Feast Day took place on Saturday.
Chilima then pledged 100 bags of cement to support construction of a multipurpose hall at the parish.
He appealed to people to desist from corruption which he said negatively affects the development of
the church and the country.
“Let us condemn corruption which has not even spared the church. It is an evil practice which puts lives of people at risk as it leads to drug shortage in hospitals, among other things.
“We need to join hands in fighting against it,” he said.
Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye of the Lilongwe Archdiocese, under which Mpherere Parish falls,
appealed to Christians to pray hard and fear God in all their undertakings.
“It is really sad to see how the devil is using people to commit various types of sins nowadays including
killing of persons with albinism. These are things we could not hear of in the past,” said Ziyaye adding
that when people sin they deprive themselves of peace of mind.
According to Mpherere Parish Priest, Father Augustine Kaliu, Our Lady of Fatima is a Catholic title of the
Virgin Mary as reported by three shepherd children in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. The day is usually
commemorated on May 13.
Established in 1939, Mpherere Catholic Parish has 23 out stations and 46,000 Christians.