ZEC Secretary General, Fr. Cleophas Lungu has reiterated that the Catholic Church has always sought to translate the Good News of Jesus Christ into programs and institutions that promote real development, social justice and genuine peace among the people of Zambia, alongside the primary mission of preaching the Gospel and celebrating the sacraments. He said this at the ZEC Caritas Media Day held on 09 July 2015 at Kapingila guest house in Kabulonga, Zambia.
Fr. Cleophas Lungu said “as such, since the arrival of the early missionaries, the Catholic Church not only established mission stations and parishes, but also a number of schools, hospitals, orphanages, skills training centers as well as development programs.”
He explained that through such institutions and programs, the Church has been responding to the real spiritual, educational, health and social needs of people by offering high quality services.
He further said that Zambia Episcopal Conference remain deeply grateful to God for the many blessings on its institutions such as Caritas Zambia and the positive impact of various programs being implemented through the Catholic Secretariat.
He said that people who want the Church to stay out of politics fail to appreciate that the Church has a moral duty to teach and to guide society not only in spiritual matters but also in social, economic and political affairs.
Fr. Lungu said this in reference to some politicians who sometimes tell the Church, especially the Catholic Church, to stay out of Politics mainly due to some critical pronouncements made by the Bishops in pastoral letters that have sometimes ruffled the feathers of the powers that be.
The theme of Caritas –Zambia Media Day for this year was: Promoting Integral Development, Justice and Peace in Zambia.