The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lilongwe His Grace George Tambala says the church will follow up on children who had completed the catechesis of the initiation sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation so that they do not end up in streets.
Archbishop Tambala said this on Sunday during epiphany mass celebrations which was held at Mtima Woyera parish in the Archdiocese.
The remarks follow a concern by one of the children during the missionary day for children that some children had ended up in streets despite completing their catechesis of the sacraments.
“We are taking this issue seriously. It is a challenge. We will take it further as a church. This is a wakeup call for us. We will ensure that we offer accompaniment and our faith,” said Tambala.
He then said Epiphany, is an important ocasion in the church as catholic faithful celebrate the day Jesus Christ manifested himself to the whole world and the church reflects on the role of children in the church and also what the church could do for them.
He then appealed to parents to take their children seriously by letting them express their faith.
In his remarks, Director for Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese Fr. Paul Chitende described the event as significant not only to the children but church as a whole.
“This day is significant as children have been given an opportunity to exhibit their role in the church as witnesses of the gospel. The church teaches us that despite age, every person has the ability to preach the gospel,” he said.
Fr.Chitende then echoed His Grace’s call for parents to take the children seriously and accord them an opportunity to display their faith.
One of the Mtima Woyera parish Holy Childhod (Tilitonse) animators, Mary Tsoka Banda described the day as very special in the church as it helps children to respond to their vocational call.
Children on this day recited poems, sung songs and coordinated the entire liturgy for the day.
Pic: Archibishop Tambala: the church will look into the matter