Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates has urged men of God to learn and emulate the late cardinal who had dedicated his life to serving God and mankind by not concentrating on monetary gains by just stealing from the poor in the name of sowing seedsPresident Michael Sata has described the death of the Archbishop Mazombwe as a huge blow to the country and the Church.
And President Sata says he learnt with profound sorrow and regret, the passing of Emeritus of Lusaka Archdiocese Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe who was the first indigenous Zambian to be appointed Cardinal in Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
This is contained in a statement released to the Daily Nation yesterday by a presidential press aid.
The President said he recalled the late Cardinal as a courageous and enthusiastic revered cleric for many years, in particular as a young priest in the 1960’s, as Bishop of Chipata Diocese in the 1970’s and finally as the Archbishop of Lusaka until his retirement in 2006.
He said most visible among some of his numerous pastoral initiatives, was the magnificent Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka.
“I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the entire Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka, the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), his family and all those who knew and venerated His Eminence Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, both home and abroad,” Sata said.
The President said the late Cardinal Mazombwe’s passion and commitment to the nation and the poor was equally worth of praise.
President Sata recalled that in the months leading to the year 2000, Cardinal Mazombwe, as Archbishop of Lusaka then, was a fiery crusader for the cancellation of Zambia’s international debt, in the Jubilee 2000 movement.
“Clearly, all those who had contact with this great cleric can testify that his priestly zeal, authority and fidelity to the gospel were appreciated by multitudes. I pray to the Almighty God to grant all the Catholic faithful and the entire nation comfort and strength as we go through this tragic period,” he said.
And the Catholic Church in Zambia has announced that the deceased will be buried at Cathedral of the Child Jesus at Pope Square after a requiem mass starting at 09:00 hours. There shall be no paying of last respects after the requiem mass.