Bishop Clement Mulenga,SDB, says it is a duty of every Christian to heed the call of proclaiming the gospel.
He spoke this in his homily during the opening of the conference of the Council of the Laity in the Association Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) being held in Lusaka at St. Mathias Mulumba parish from 16th to 20th February, 2016.
Bishop Mulenga further said that the people should not trade violence in homes and communities.
“The laity should not to be perpetrators of violence in families, communities and the region at large but dedicate their faith against it.
Your duty is to help communities to fight against all forms of violence and carry the peace of Christ and give testimony to the spirit of sharing” He said.
Bishop Mulenga who is also Bishop Director for Pastoral added that people should preach peace to everyone including the excluded that have been put in the peripherals by letting them find a place among God’s people.
“Everyone is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ even to the excluded and lepers. Those that are pushed, the tax collectors of today; it is our duty to rehabilitate them” Bishop Mulenga said.
And speaking in a speak to welcome the delegates on behalf of the bishops, Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Secretary General Fr. Cleophas Lungu expressed delight that Zambia is playing host to a meeting of such nature.
Fr. Lungu also said that the laity is the back bone of the church. Making reference to Africe Munus, Evangeli gudium documents, Fr. Lungu said that a person cannot be a source of good news with gloomy face.
He said that the joy must radiate in the family, marriage and society.
The ZEC Secretary General also appealed to the faithful to embrace the works of Mercy as the Church continues celebrate the jubilee year of Mercy.
The conference of the AMECEA Council of the Laity has attracted more than 30 delegates from Malawi, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Zambia, Uganda, Djibouti and Ethiopia.