The Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Richard Gallagher has arrived in Zambia today November 7, 2015 to officiate at the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Zambia.
Archbishop Gallagher who touched Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at exactly 12:35hrs via Ethiopian Airways, was met by His Excellency Jurio Murat, Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, His Grace Telesphore George Mpundu, Metropolitan Bishop of Lusaka and Zambia Episcopal Conference President, His Grace Ignatius Chama , Metropolitan of Kasama, His Lordship Charles Kasonde, Bishop of Solwezi, Hon Raymond Mbulo representing the Zambian Government, priests, the religious and scores of the lay faithful.
And speaking upon arrival, Msgr. Gallagher said that he has come to be part of the celebrations of the Vatican –Zambian diplomatic relations and hopes that the relations continues to blossom. “We hope that the relation matures and grows strong. We want also to renew our understanding of Zambia,” says Archbishop Gallagher.
Monsignor Gallagher also said that his visit was the opportunity for him working in the Vatican to witness for himself the work of the Catholic Church here in Zambia. He expressed good will to the people of Zambia and the Catholic Church in particular.
The Celebration starts with Sunday Mass on 8th November 2015 at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka. The Secretary for Relations with States is expected to pay a courtesy call to the Republican President, Mr. Edgar Lungu. He is also expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs at his office.
Zambia opened a diplomatic relations with the Vatican in 1965 a year just after it became independent.