(Vatican Radio) From Rome, Italy, the President of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, on behalf of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has commended the Catholic Church in Malawi for its generosity in contributing to the Universal Solidarity Fund and its continued work of evangelization.
In a letter addressed to Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa, National Director of PMS in Malawi, Archbishop Rugambwa said the 2017 General Assembly of the Superior Council of PMS was very grateful for Malawi’s financial contribution and participation in the different activities of PMS carried out in 2016:
Archbishop Rugambwa said the scope of the general assembly was to reflect on the identity and the evangelizing activities and methods of collaboration in union with and at the service of the universal mission of the Church.
“I am grateful to you personally and to all the National Directors who have duly submitted to our International Secretariat the financial report of the activities carried out and the offerings collected in favour of all the PMS for the year 2016,” said Archbishop Rugambwa.
He said he is especially thankful for the zeal and mission commitment manifested by the different activities of missionary animation and formation that have been organised and carried out in the spirit of the universality of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Malawi.
“I thank all the Catholic faithful of Malawi for their generosity in contributing to the Universal Solidarity Fund and for their continued support to the work of evangelization,” He said.
According to Fr. Mwakhwawa, Malawi contributed a total of MK 25,697,276.61, which was collected in 2016’s on Mission Sunday, Holy Childhood and Vocation Sundays respectively, in comparison with the 2015 collection of MK 18,471,559.00. This represents a rise of 39.12%.
Reacting to the gesture of Archbishop Rugambwa, Fr. Mwakhwawa appreciated the Catholic lay faithful of Malawi who contribute generously and make great spiritual and material sacrifice for the salvation of many souls in the world.
“I also appreciate the parish priests who teach people and remind them about the Christian obligation to preach the Gospel to the whole world through their prayers and financial sacrifice. Above all, it is a blessing to the people of Malawi who are able to change people’s lives and build faith communities within and outside Malawi by their contributions. Through such offerings, many people will be served holistically,” he said.
He said the contribution from the Catholic Church in Malawi is a sign of catholicity and solidarity with the Universal Church in preaching the Gospel to the whole world.
“Moreover, such an offering signifies the maturity levels of our Catholic faith (in Malawi). A Christian, called by Jesus Christ, has to be concerned with the salvation of the whole world. So, our Catholics in making such a contribution are demonstrating that they are mature Christians who understand their universal mission. In praying and contributing money to the universal missionary solidarity fund, it means the Catholic faithful understand their Christian faith,” said Fr. Mwakhwawa.
Fr. Mwakhwawa has since encouraged the Church in Malawi to continue to be generous with their spiritual and financial gifts, regardless of the economic challenges facing the country.
(Prince Henderson, Episcopal Conference of Malawi)