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Uniting Faith and Action: Pastoral Secretary Encourages Integration of Catholic Social Teachings in Community Transformation Project

The Pastoral and Bishop’s Secretary for Karonga Diocese Father Robert Songa has challenged officers in Community Transformation Project to embrace unity of purpose and incorporate spiritual aspect of Catholic Social Teachings as they are working towards the implementation project so that it gives an identiy in line with the Catholic Teachings and the “We Shall Go to Them” the diocesean motto.

Father Songa said this after a review meeting of the first quarter for the Project that took place in Chitipa from Tuesday till Thursday.

The meeting in progress.

“We have to be united in purpose because the Community Transformation Project is a program with different aspects in it like agriculture, education, nutrition, health and the spiritual aspects all these are meant to evangelize and develop a person as a whole as such the officers have to get focused on a human person as a whole as well” Father Songa said.

Karonga Diocese Pastoral Secretary Father Robert Songa.

Furthermore, Father Songa vividly asked the officers to reach out to those who are lacking not those are already equipped with life’s need and encouraged the beneficiaries to expect improvement where there were errors because they will be evaluated after the review meeting and will be implemented accordingly.

Karonga Diocese Caritas Secretary Mwabi Shaba.

Meanwhile in a separate interview with the Caritas Secretary for the Diocese Mwabi Shaba the Community Transformation Project is a five years program as such there is need to invest in a lot of time to understand the community dynamics but all in all the project is going on well.

By Trifornia Mtawali

Picture of Some of the participants
St John Paul II Parish Youth Urged to Desist from Violence

By Brian Kachitete (Methodology Advisor)

The Diocesan Youth Chaplain for Karonga Diocese, Father Robert Songa, has called on Catholic youths of St John Paul II Parish to desist from being used as instruments of violence to victimise vulnerable people.

Picture of Some of the participants
Some of the participants

Father Songa said this on 12th February at Kapoka where young people had a day long with the aim of equipping them in church leadership and decision making.

Addressing the youth, Father Songa said the practice of beating or killing people suspected of witchcraft has no room in the Catholic Church.

The training was aimed at empowering youths with skills that would enable them to participate effectively in the affairs of their parish. During the training, the youths were urged to work hard and be innovative if their contribution to the church and the nation is to be recognised.

On the challenges facing the youths, the participants were challenged to tap from the existing treasury of Church teachings which have an enabling environment that will fully develop their potentials.

The Parish Priest, Father Charles Peter Chinula drilled the youth in leadership and decision making skills. In his lessons, he a leader has to be accommodating and be a good decision maker to advance the goals of the group. Father Chinula urged the youth to stand firm and assume leadership positions in the Church as the Church needs them more.

The chairperson for the youth in St. John Paul II Parish Andrew Nyondo, described the training as fruitful and thanked all who made it possible for the training to take place. On behalf of fellow participants, he promised to put into practice the lessons learnt.

St John Paul II is a newly established parish branching from St Michael’s Parish.