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Justice and Peace needs to be in line with Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Women in Malawi  - RV

Catholic Women in Malawi - RV

16/06/2017 16:25

Malawi’s Archdiocese of Lilongwe through its advocacy and governance arm, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has underscored the need to have a guiding tool that effectively promotes justice, peace and the integrity of creation in Malawi.

CCJP Diocesan Secretary, Noel Mtonza said a clear road map that guides the work of the Commission was needed. He said it was against this background that the Diocesan Commission had engaged stakeholders in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe to validate the Commission’s five-year strategic plan which expires this year and at the same time endorse a new one that would run from this year (2017) to 2022.

“Basically, we have invited all our stakeholders to develop a Specific, Measurable, Accurate, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) strategic plan so as to improve delivery of services, performance and impact in our operations,” said Mtonza.

To this end, a two-day consultative meeting was held with the aim of reviewing the organisational vision, mission, goals, strategic objectives and expected outcomes.

“We believe that we have done better in strategic pillars like Human Dignity and Access to Justice; Human Rights and the Rule of Law; Good Governance and Democracy and the Environmental Justice or Integrity of Creation,” said Mtonza.

Mtonza, however, said the Commission needs to do more to ensure that Catholic Social Teaching was widely known and appreciated. 

Reflecting on the Archdiocese’s CCJP Strategic Plans, Vicar General for Lilongwe, Monsignor Francis Sonkhani said any healthy institution needed to re-examine its operations and at the same time take stock of its work.

“We should ask questions like, what have we learnt from our past? How do we want to move forward? Who will help us move forward and when should we move forward?” he observed. 

Monsignor Sonkhani commended the Commission and urged it to strive to implement its programmes in line with Catholic Social Teaching.

(Prince Henderson in Lilongwe)

16/06/2017 16:25