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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

The Caritas Secretary, Mr Mwawi Shaba, addressing the participants
Caritas Commission Holds Review and Planning Meeting

By Leah Nyondo

On Monday this week, the Caritas Commission, which is the social development arm, of the Diocese of Karonga began a three day planning and review meeting at St Kizito Conference Centre in Chitipa District.

The Caritas Secretary, Mr Mwawi Shaba, addressing the participants
The Caritas Secretary, Mr Mwawi Shaba, addressing the participants

The meeting was attended by all officers under the commission which included desk officers, project officers, field officers and interns of the desks forming Caritas Commission namely Education, Health, Development and Justice and Peace.

The purpose of the meeting was to review all the projects that are being carried out by the Caritas Commission and map the way forward.

In his opening remarks, the Caritas Secretary, Mr Mwawi Shaba, encouraged the participants to utilize the opportunity and be as open as possible to make contributions that will enable the commission implement projects successfully. The Caritas Secretary further emphasized the importance of the planning meeting saying it will help projects meet their objectives.

The meeting is expected to end on Wednesday 6th June, 2018. Officers are expected to come up with implementation plans for the projects.