Strengthening the Vision of Our Destiny – Malawi

Episcopal Conference Malawi LogoGeorge Buleya 1Rev. Fr. George Buleya, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, is proposing a Lenten reflection aiming at guiding priests to prepare their sermons in view of the forthcoming Tripartite Elections in Malawi.
Find in the first PDF file the message of Fr. Buleya.
The second PDF file presents the guidelines for the first Sunday of Lent.
The third PDF file presents the guidelines for the second Sunday of Lent.
The document has three objectives. Firstly, it acts as an inspiration to the clergy as they prepare to disseminate God’s Word during this period of Lent and the celebration of Easter.  Secondly, it provides critical reflection notes and questions for discussion in such groups as the Small Christian Communities, Justice and Peace Meetings, Youth Groups, Lay movements, and various other Election discussion fora. Finally and above all, this document is intended to inspire people towards personal reflection, prayer and conversion in this Lenten and Easter Seasons. This is a pastoral initiative intended at motivating Christians during this period to think about their positive role and engagement in shaping the future of this nation.

Visit of the Superior General of the MSOLA Sisters in Chinsapo, Malawi

Chinsapo Rainbow Home Based Care 01Thanks to Father Julio Feliu who sent few pictures from St. Denis Ssebuggwawo Parish in Lilongwe. The Superior General of the MSOLA, Sister Carmen Sammut, together with Sister Maria del Carmen Ocon Moteno, General Assistant and the Provincial, Sister Margaret Kennedy.
On their last leg, they came to see the work that Dr Catherine Booth is doing at Rainbow Home Based Care Centre.
The youngsters were delighted with their visit and so were the visitors. “Pity we do not have Sisters for such programme” is the same answer of every Congregation of Sisters coming to see us.

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See also:
Visit of MSOLA Sisters at Woodlands
Chinsapo Rainbow Home Based Care Centre in Pictures, Lilongwe, Malawi

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) Stakeholders Conference 25-26 February, 2014 – Blantyre, Malawi

PAC - Logo Malawi“Malawi at Crossroads – Enhancing Transformative Leadership through Holding Leaders and Ourselves Accountable”
Issued: 27 February, 2014
The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) held a two-day Third All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference from 25-26 February, 2014 at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi. Delegates to the conference included media fraternity, political parties, state representatives, development partners, academia, legal fraternity, Malawi Congress of Trade Union, representatives of civil society organizations, faith leaders and other interested stakeholders. READ MORE

Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, Kasungu, Malawi

Kasungu 04 copie bProgress is really moving on site as the key buildings for Phase One of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School come up out of the ground.
Dear All,
I hope this message finds you well.
Please find attached an update on the Jesuit’s Loyola School in Kasungu.
As you can see there has been fantastic progress.  It shows what can be done with donations from all over the world.  Congratulations to our Jesuit brothers!
Bill Turnbull, Malawi.
More PDF files:
For the Children and the future of Malawi
Giving hope to the Children

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New Catholic Bishop for Mangochi Diocese

Rev. Montfort Stima jpegDate: 6 December 2013
The Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Malawi is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Right Reverend Montfort Stima, hitherto Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre, to Mangochi Diocese.
The Right Reverend Montfort Stima, currently Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Blantyre, remains in charge of the Archdiocese up until Rt. Rev. Thomas Msusa will take possession of the Archiepiscopal See of Blantyre.
Rt. Reverend Montfort Stima hails from Khomera Village, TA Dambe, Mwanza, Neno. He was born on 27th December 1957; ordained a priest on 3rd August 1986 at Limbe Cathedral; appointed auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Blantyre on 24 January 2010.

Message from the Catholic Health Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi on HIV/AIDS

HIV-AIDS logoGETTING TO ZERO: Let there be zero new HIV Infections-zero HIV/AIDS related deaths-zero stigma and discrimination
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
Today, the first Sunday of Advent, receive our greetings as the Church begins a new Liturgical Year, a journey of faith that, on one hand prepares us of for Christmas and, on the other hand, directs our minds and hearts to Christ’s Second Coming. Today we also join the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day, which is observed on annually on 1st December. The World AIDS Day is an important occasion when governments, national AIDS programs, faith and community organizations, and individuals around the world bring their attention to the global AIDS pandemic. This message aims at inviting all the Catholic faithful to join hands in emphasizing the critical need for a committed,   meaningful and sustained response to the pandemic.

Episcopal Conference of Malawi Statement on Plundering of Public Funds

Episcopal Conference Malawi LogoWe, Catholic Bishops of Malawi have followed with great concern events surrounding the revelations of what appears to be massive looting of public resources dubbed as “Capital Hill Cash gate”. We have taken time to understand what is happening, to ponder and pray over these revelations and we are still shocked that such things could happen in this God fearing country. This scandal is an embarrassment to the country and an indication of serious moral decadence and dwindling levels of patriotism in our country. We are dismayed that materialism, corruption and get rich quick syndrome seem to be on the rise at the expense of truth, honesty and hard working. It  is  in  this  context,  that  we  your  pastors  humbly  but truthfully propose a  critical reflection on  the  issues relating to this   scandal,  the impact of the looting , and call for appropriate, proportionate and timely  actions .  
We note in this scandal the following:
• Huge  sums of public resources have been swindled for purely selfish gains at the expense of service delivery;               
• A syndicate organized and cooperated to loot public resources pointing to a structural and entrenched way in which evil has taken    root in our midst;            
• The financial management structures and systems have been rendered powerless largely because of human machinations and lack of human integrity.
Pastoral Letter of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi:
In English
In Chichewa
In Chitumbuka

Press Release: New Catholic Archbishop in Blantyre, Malawi

The Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Malawi is pleased to announce that 

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His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Thomas Luke Msusa Archbishop of Blantyre, transferring him from the Episcopal See of Zomba. The announcement will be made today, Thursday, 21 November 2013 at noontime in the Vatican.
The Right Reverend Montfort Stima, Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre and currently Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese, remains in charge of the Archdiocese up until Rt. Rev. Thomas Msusa will take possession of the Archiepiscopal See of Blantyre.
Dated: 21 November 2013, Lilongwe
Press Release

Preparations to Roll out New Catholic Radio Station Underway in Malawi

Preparations-to-Roll-out-New-Catholic-Radio-Station-UnderwayLilongwe, Malawi, CISA N0 092, October 15, 2013
Preparations to roll out Tuntufye FM Radio for the new Karonga Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church are at an advanced stage, the Research and Communications Department at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi has confirmed.
According to Nyasa Times, Malawi’s local daily, the development was revealed barely after ECM’s Research and Communications Department visited the diocese to appreciate efforts made to enhance communication in all the church angles.
Karonga diocese successfully negotiated for a radio licence with the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and this was gazetted on July 26, 2013.
So far a lot has taken place to have the radio station hit the air waves by January next year.
“There is quite a lot that Karonga diocese has done to have this radio station in place. The diocese is trying to put things in place as regards opening a radio station and one of the achievements has been the negotiations with MACRA for a radio license which is finally in possession of the diocese.”
The diocese is currently holding sensitization sessions with Catholic Christians on different level s and various forums as a way of initiating and engaging them in the radio project so that they can own and support it.
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese is also working hard to have this radio station as evidenced from a number of written proposals that have been submitted to potential donors where the feedback has been positive and many have pledged funding.
“So far the diocese has receiving the first consignment of radio equipment from SIGNIS which is the World Catholic Association for Communication that brings together Catholic communications and media professionals from across the globe. Plans to renovate a building that will house radio studios are also there,” Research and Communications Officer at ECM, Prince Henderson said.
The Diocese of Karonga is a new one with 12 priests and over 65,000 Catholic.
The radio will primarily targeting Catholic Christians but still there will be an option for other denominations will be given a chance to interact and contribute to the radio station.
Apart from pastoral, the radio will also focus on development, economic, social and cultural issues that concern all groups of people.
Tuntufye FM Radio will add up to the already existing Catholic radio stations like Radio Maria in Mangochi, Radio Alinafe in Lilongwe and Radio Tigabane in Mzuzu.

Pope appoints Ziyaye archbishop of Lilongwe, transferred from Blantyre

ZiyayeBy Wanga Gwede, Nyasa Times July 3, 2013   
Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has appointed His Grace Tarcisius Gervasio Ziyaye as archbishop of Lilongwe Diocese in Malawi’s capital. According to the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican embassy) in Lilongwe, Ziyaye has since been transferred from Archiepiscopal See of Blantyre.
Rémi Ste-MarieHe succeeds Archbishop Remi Joseph Gustave Sainte-Marie, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
Episcopal Conference of Malawi deputy secretary general Father Emmanuel Chimombo said yesterday that there was no immediate replacement for Ziyaye in Blantyre Archdiocese which will continue operating under Auxiliary Bishop Montfort Sitima.
Archbishop Ziyaye, aged 60, was named an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Dedza by the late Pope John Paul II on November 26, 1991. He was consecrated and installed as Auxiliary Bishop on May 23, 1992.
Ziyaye was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lilongwe, Malawi by Pope John Paul II on May 4, 1993. He succeeded as Bishop of Lilongwe on November 11, 1994.
AMECEA LOGOIn 2000, he became the President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. He was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Blantyre by Pope John Paul II on January 23, 2001.
Ziyaye became the President of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (A.M.E.C.E.A.) in July 2008. Catholic is an influential church in Malawi.

Malawi – AMECEA: Plenary Assembly 2014 in Lilongwe

amecea-logo-1Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) – The 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly will take place in Malawi, Lilongwe from 16 to 26 July 2014. The theme of the Plenary Assembly is “New Evangelization through true conversion and witnessing to Christian faith”.
This means the 18th Plenary Assembly will this time will be hosted by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. Zambia hosted the 16th Plenary Assembly in 2008. Plenary Assemblies take place every three years and bring together over 250 Bishops of the AMECEA region.

AMECEA is the acronym for Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa It is a Catholic organization of Catholic Bishops of the eight countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, namely, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Djibouti and Somalia are affiliate members. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 13/08/2013)

Ethiopian Becomes Strategic Partner in New Malawi Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines LogoEthiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has become the strategic partner of the new Malawian Air with 49% equity shareholding. The remaining 51% of the shares will be held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors.

The shareholder agreement for Malawi Airlines was signed between H.E. Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Government of the Republic of Malawi and Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian in Lilongwe on Thursday, 11 July 2013.

This new partnership with Malawi Airlines is part of Ethiopian Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of setting up multiple hubs in Africa. Thru this strategic partnership with Malawian Air, Lilongwe will become Ethiopian third hub on the continent after its main hub in Addis Ababa and its West Africa in Lomé. READ MORE