Pope Francis will from 7th to 10th November, 2015 send his Secretary for the Relations with States of the Holy See to Zambia to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Zambia.
Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat has disclosed this when he met President Edgar today, 20th October, 2015.
Archbishop Julio Murat further said the development is a reminder of Pope Francis’ closeness to the Catholic Church and to all the people of Zambia.
And the Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat has also noted the relevant expression that President Edgar Lungu had used in his speech at the United Nations summit last September, when he thanked his Holiness Pope Francis for his candid and inspiring remarks on the need for nations to take seriously the question of climate change and protection of the environment for sustainable development.
Archbishop Julio Murat in the meeting with the president highlighted the natural beauty and resources of Zambia and underlined the actuality of the Encyclical letter of the Holy Father Pope Francis, Laudato sii, for the preservation of nature and the correct use of the natural resources for the benefit of the Zambian Citizens.
Archbishop Murrat further assured president Lungu the will of the Catholic Church to contribute towards the growth of the spiritual and human development of the Zambian citizens, without distinction.
He also thanked President Lungu for the meeting held on July 2015 with the Catholic Bishops of Zambia and expressed his appreciation for his government's openness to dialogue.