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Press Statement For immediate release CATHOLIC CHURCH DISASSOCIATES ITSELF FROM THE SO CALLED ‘CALL TO NATIONAL PRAYERS FOR HICHILEMA’S HEALTH AND FREEDOM PRESS RELEASE’ LUSAKA, (SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017)On behalf of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Zambia (ZCCB) and the Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Cleophas Lungu, I want to state clearly that ZCCB has not organized any form of national prayers for the arrested United Party for National Development President Hakainde Hichilema to have him released or whatever. We are not aware of such prayer arrangements either at the Conference level or even within the Archdiocese of Lusaka. We are however perturbed by the message which is being circulated especially on social media which reads ‘Catholics call for national prayer for Hichilema’s health and freedom.’ This story must have been manufactured by agents of ‘fake news’. The Catholic Church has a well-organized and structured method through which it officially communicates its message to the public. If there were a move to organize such, it would have been sanctioned by the Conference of Catholics Bishops (ZCCB) or by its President, His Grace Archbishop Telesphore G. Mpundu or by/through the Secretary General – Fr. Cleophas Lungu. If in any case there are prayers organized for such be informed officially that there are not being organized by Catholic Church in Zambia. The Church continues to pray for those who request her for prayers and we always do this during mass every Sunday and our prayer intentions are that the will of God be done and not according to our will. Issued by: Rev. Fr. Winfield Kunda ZCCB Communications Director

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