By Brian Kachitete
Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka of the Diocese of Karonga has applauded the Christians of St. John Paul II Parish for the high number of communicants. The Bishop said this when he celebrated his first Easter Mass with Christians of the Parish on Easter Sunday.
‘‘Am very grateful to celebrate first Easter Mass with you since St. John Paul II was made a Parish. You have come in your large numbers which is a manifestation that we are really witnesses to the risen Christ.” The Bishop said.
The Bishop further applauded the Christians of St John Paul II Parish for remaining in full communion with the Church as witnessed by a large number of Christians who received Holy Communion.
‘‘The way Christians receive Holy Communion in this Parish is very high. This is the third Parish to have people who receive the Eucharist in large numbers. It is very encouraging and am very happy to see this,’’ the Bishop said.
The Bishop also reminded the people on living a true Christian life saying since we are witnesses to the risen Christ we should live a life different from that of pagans. The Bishop advised the faithful to desist from killing people, chasing people from their houses, and burning their houses saying they cannot profess faith in the risen Christ and be pagans in practice.
On the forthcoming Tripartite Elections, the Bishop advised the congregation to choose candidates who will uplift their living standards and development oriented.
Speaking after Holy Communion, the Parish Priest of St John Paul II Parish Fr. Lorent Dziko thanked the Bishop for choosing to celebrate Easter Mass with Christians of the parish. The Parish Priest further thanked the Bishop for the gift of Chalice which will be used in celebrating Mass.