Press Statement On Continued Assailants Attack On Malawi’s Catholic Church

His Lordship Bishop Stima wishes to communicate to you all of the unfortunate incident that has happened in the Archdiocese of Blantyre. The Church building of St Simon and Jude (Chileka) Outchurch, of the Parish of Lunzu was attacked and broken into between the 1st and 5th January this year by unknown assailants. They forced the door of the tabernacle open and went away with a Ciborium full of the Blessed Sacrament. The matter has since been reported to Police.

As every Catholic will know, this is a very serious and unfortunate incident that goes beyond ordinary burglary or theft. The intentions of whoever has done this heartbreaking act is not known and until now it has not been established where the Blessed Sacrament has been taken to.

It is with this in view, that the Administration of the Archdiocese of Blantyre in conjunction with the leadership of Lunzu Parish, and indeed the Community of the Lay faithful of Chileka Outchurch and Lunzu Parish are organizing the following:

(1) Vigil Mass followed by hours of Adoration from 5 pm on Saturday, January 11th led by His Lordship Bishop Stima

(2) Solemn Mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, January 12th at 7 30am led by His Lordship Bishop Stima.

Priests, Religious Men and Women and members of the Lay Faithful are requested to enter into serious prayer and intense pious religious acts including fasting asking for revelation of the truth of the matter and asking God to lead our communities to repentance that will lead us to respect Him and retain the sense of the Sacred. As can be seen with this incident, humanity is going too far!

Religious and members of the Lay faithful in the entire Archdiocese of Blantyre (those who can) are invited to join at the Vigil Mass and in the adoration on Saturday or join in the Mass on Sunday. Let us all show our unity even when others would want to shake us by attacking that which is at the core of our faith. The Holy Eucharist should never be subject to any rebuke in the life of the Church in this manner. Looking forward to seeing you either on Saturday or Sunday at Chileka Outchurch.

Please, let us share this information and invitation with friends and with others!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev Father Alfred Chaima,
Pastoral Secretary
Archdiocese of Blantyre

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