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Malawi – A strong call to evangelization, the primary task of the ecclesial community and of every baptized, comes from the diocese of Zomba, Malawi, at the opening of the Missionary Month, in view of the celebration of World Mission Day which in the African country is seen as a sort of “missionary week”, and then ends on October 31st.
As Fides learned, Fr. Innocent Chiwanda, pastoral coordinator of the diocese of Zomba, speaking at the opening celebration of the Missionary Month in the parish dedicated to St. Vincent de Paul , underlined the fact that every Christian, in the environment in which he works, is called to participate to the proclamation of the Gospel and that the Church must concretely carry out the mission of Christ by placing herself at the service of other people. In the same celebration, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Malawi, Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa, reiterated the importance for the ecclesial community of the month of October which will culminate with the celebration of World Mission Sunday.
Many initiatives are planned in the diocese of Zomba, as recalled by Father Henry Chiwaya, diocesan PMS Director, such as the promotion of vocations to the missionary work of the Church, the prayer of the Rosary and some works of charity. On this occasion, the moderators of the Church of the eighteen parishes of the diocese were given the task of actively collaborating in the Missionary Month. The president of the Council of the laity, Vito Sandifolo, assured his commitment to promoting the mission of the Church in this special month of October.
The commitment made by the Bishops’ Conference in Malawi through the PMS to enhance the role of the catechist as a witness to faith and missionary in the parish community, places itself in this context. “Being a catechist is a vocation – explained Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa during a celebration of about 30 years of service of a catechist from the parish of Salima in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lilongwe-. Catechists are called to discern and reflect on their own vocation, they are called to commit themselves in a serious and coherent way since the faithful look to them as examples to follow”.