The Vatican says its bond with Zambia has been inserted into vibrant and active fabric of Zambian life.
This has contributed to the promotion of freedom of activity for the church and dignity of the human person.
Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Richard Gallagher has said this at the Vatican Embassy in Lusaka during the celebrations, Monday, 10th November, 2015 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Zambia.
“Such relations have seen the fruitful growth the Catholic Church, with her institutions open to all, without distinction and without any other aim, save that of the progress and the care of the dignity of each person” Monsignor Gallagher noted.
He also acknowledged the appreciation of the successive governments in Zambia of the Catholic Church.
And Monsignor Gallagher has said that in a country identified with Christianity its unthinkable that the weak and the poor should be left behind saying any project for development must start with them and be directed to them , knowing that the one who believes in Christ cannot be concerned for the poor.
“By reason of the Christian quality that has always characterised the identity of the country, and of which Zambia is proud, being a champion of the values of unity, peace and equality, it is unthinkable that the weak and the poor should be left behind.” He said.
“The Church has to cry for the poor, because they are her members and in her the find solace” He added.
Meanwhile Monsignor Gallagher has pledged the Catholic Church’s support and collaboration in building an ever more beautiful and vigorous Zambia, where the care of the environment is an integral part of the development, as the Holy Father Pope Francis recently said in his encyclical letter: Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones.
Pope Paul IV opened the Nunciature in Zambia on 27th October, 1965 with Archbishop Alfredo Poledrini being the first Apostolic Nuncio.