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Bishop Chisanga, OFM Conv
Bishop Patrick Chisanga, OFM Conv says the role of women in the accomplishment of the divine will for the salvation of humankind cannot be overemphasized.

In a reflection on the Mansa Diocese pastoral theme: Ba Minshioni ba Lelo Nifwe (We are the Missionaries of Today), and published in the Diocese’s Newsletter, Bishop Chisanga paid special tribute to ‘our mothers’ for their special calling of being the true primary missionaries. The Mansa Diocese prelate explained that the women reach out with the first touch of God’s love and nurturance upon people’s entry into this world. He has since appealed to women not to neglect the honour God has bestowed upon them as they emulate the blessed Mother of the Saviour and the first women disciples. “You (women) are naturally the first catechisers who communicate faith and morals to us from the earliest stages of our life. Do not neglect this singular honour God has bestowed upon you, especially through the blessed mother of our Saviour as well as those first witnesses of the empty tomb and missionaries of the Good News,” he said “The Church and society in general will continue to look up to you for joyful tidings that rekindle hope, especially in these troubled times of economic hardships, general moral degeneration, injustice and violence – religious, ethnic, political and Gender, “he added. Meanwhile the Mansa Diocese ordinary has however noted that the missionary mandate to “go quickly and tell his disciples, as recorded in Mathew 28:10 is not limited to women alone. He said that the Good News of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and life over death in the risen Lord is such a dynamic reality that every recipient of it is moved to immediately reach out and share with another. “If today you hear his voice do not harden your heart” (Ps 94:8) and selfishly bury it within yourself. Move promptly and, in great haste, joyfully share it with others. It is time to flood our conversations and the whole media with the news that gives hope and life,” he said. The Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) Bishop Director for the Religious noted that the world is tired of so much depressive material such as famine, diseases, bloodshed, witch-hunting, hate-speech, lies, intolerance, abuse of minors, infidelity to life commitments and all sorts of scandals which come daily Breaking News. “There is no reason why ‘bad news’ should continue to take center stage and to spread everywhere at lightening speed while ‘the Good News’ is relegated into the background and/or never heard at all. It is our responsibility as ‘Missionaries of Today’ to champion with enthusiasm the dissemination of the Good News of victory of truth over lies, love over hatred, forgiveness over vengeance, humility over pride, unity over division, and peace over war,” he said.

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