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Bishop Zuza is dead
Written by Fr. Winfield Kunda   

Bishop Zuza of Mzuzu, who died Jan. 15 in a car accident in Malawi. Credit: Catholic Bishops Conference Malawi.

The President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Rt. Rev. Joseph Mukasa Zuza died in a car crash on Thursday 15 January 2015 in Malawi. The communications secretary of the Malawi bishops conference, Fr. Andrew Kaufa,  has confirmed the death  of Bishop Zuza,that he was driving himself along the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road, returning to Mzuzu, and his car rolled several times. He was rushed to the hospital in Mzuzu, where he died.

Bishop Zuza was born in 1955 in Malembo, and in 1982 was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Mzuzu. St. John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Mzuzu in 1995.
In addition to having been Bishop of Mzuzu, in Malawi's north, Bishop Zuza had been president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malawi since 2011.
Steering the Malawi bishops conference, Bishop Zuza spoke out for justice and upliftment of the marginalized, slamming the roots of the socio-economic problems of Malawi, which had attracted criticism from political corners.
Bishop Zuza was considered to be charming, jovial and welcoming by delegates who attended the AMECEA Plenary last year in Lilongwe, Malawi. He participated in the extraordinary Synod on Family that concluded last October, where he spoke up for Catholic teaching on family sought to uphold the sanctity of the Sacrament of marriage.

A promoter of culture and traditions, the African prelate had expressed concerns over Western influence affecting Africanculture, particularly on the issues of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
During the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Mzuzu diocese,Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, then Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, lauded Bishop Zuza's pastoral initiatives for the faithful, saying that “during these years of visiting Mzuzu, the diocese has been very well managed and very well organized.”

 
POPE NOMINATES SR. KAYULA ON COMMISSION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MINORS.
Friday, 19 December 2014 10:13

The Holy Father has nominated Sr. Kayula Gertrude Lesa of the Religious Sisters of Charity (RSC) to sit on the Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Sr. Kayula, RSC, who once worked for Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR),  is one of new members chosen from various parts of the world.
Pope Francis explained that Sr. Kayula will be amongst commissioners chosen from a wide and broad representation of different situations and cultures.
The Commission for the Protection of Minors comprises of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., president, Monsignor Robert Oliver, United States, Rev. Luis Manuel Ali Herrera,Colombia, Dr. Catherine Bonnet ,France, Marie Collins,Ireland, Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco,Philippines, Prof. Sheila the Baroness Hollins, England, Bill Kilgallon of New Zealand and  Sr. Kayula Gertrude Lesa, RSC  of Zambia.
Other are Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, CPS, South Africa,Kathleen McCormack , Australia, Dr. Claudio Papale , Italy, Peter Saunders ,England,Hon. Hanna Suchocka,Poland, Dr. Krysten Winter-Green, United States, Rev. Dr. Humberto Miguel Yanez, SJ   of Argentina and Rev. Dr. Hans Zollner, SJ of Germany.
The next plenary session of the Commission will take place in the Vatican on from 6-8 February 2015.
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is a commission set to advise the Pope on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families.

 
MEDIA STATEMENT
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:28

TO: The News Editors
Date: 25th November, 2014

MEDIA STATEMENT
The latest development of harassing and threatening media personnel by some politicians and government officials is setting a bad precedence and is a hindrance to professional practice of Journalism in Zambia.
History should not be allowed to repeat itself by allowing these acts to continue in Zambia. Journalists are professionals and best positioned to select what news and information the country should listen to and read. No one in the government should become the editor of the public broadcaster or print media.

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CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS LAUNCH ELECTION MONITORING GROUP
Written by Mwenya Mukuka   

Four Christian Institutions have today, 28th November, 2014 launched the Christian Churches monitoring group (CCMG).
CCMG is constituted by four faith based organizations namely; the council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship in Zambia (EFZ), the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) and the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR).
CCMG will particularly focus on management of presidential by election set for 20th January, 2014 following the death of President Michael Sata.
Speaking on behalf of the four Church institutions, ZEC secretary General Father Cleophas Lungu said that CCMG will particularly focus on management of the election results knowing that this has to date been one of the most contentious areas.
Father Lungu has also said that CCMG is preparing for a robust Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) exercise to be used as a tool for monitoring the integrity of the election results during and after the counting process of votes.
This will be done through the participation of well-trained monitors at the designated polling stations who will be sending official results announced at polling stations to the CCMG results collection Centre.

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WORK WITH POLITICIANS FOR COMMON GOOD-POPE URGES CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ZAMBIA.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:39

Pope Francis has urged Catholic Bishops of Zambia to continue working with political leaders for the common good.
Pope Francis met the 11 Catholic Bishops from all the Dioceses in Zambia on Monday, 17th November 2014 in the Vatican during their Ad Limina visit.
In the meeting, Pope Francis said with the death of President Michael Sata, Catholic Bishops in Zambia should continue working with political leaders for the common good.
“I invite you to continue working with political leaders for the common good. You should also deepen your prophetic witness in defence of the poor in order to uplift the lives of the weak,” He said.
The Pope has also said Catholic Bishops, as pastors of the flock, should not forget to seek out the weakest members of Zambian society, among who are the materially poor and those afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

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