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GOVERNMENT is committed to providing an enabling environment for the church to carry out evangelisation and reach out to the underprivileged in society, Commerce Minister Margret Mwanakatwe has said.

She said Government placed great importance on any initiative that alleviated poverty and was always happy to see citizens initiate projects on their own without looking up to government for handouts or support.

The minister said this at the annual Inter-denominational fundraising prayer breakfast at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Lusaka yesterday.

Mrs Mwanakatwe pledged K15,000 towards the refurbishing of the parish house for priests, buying benches for the church and also finishing up other stalled works at the parish.

She commended the Catholic Church and Mary Immaculate parish for their continued support to the underprivileged in society and the work of the Archdiocese of Lusaka.

Mrs Mwanakatwe encouraged the church to continue demonstrating initiatives and hard work as well as promote evangelisation to contribute tremendously to the development of the nation.

She observed that the Roman Catholic Church in Zambia being a mother church was also well placed to initiate and spearhead sensitisation programmes against Gender Based Violence at a national leave.

Ms Mwanakatwe noted that this year’s theme which is ‘Generosity and Faithfulness in the year of Mercy’ was encouraging because it was in line with the catholic doctrine,  adding that the church had not sat back to watch helplessly but had launched spiritual warfare against the recent suspected ritual killings which rocked the country, Lusaka in particular.

And Parish Priest Vincent Sakala said the church had been carrying out Inter-denominational fundraising ventures annually with different themes.

Father Sakala said in the last 12 years, the church had experienced unprecedented development in terms of construction of Ron Walker Hall and the youth centre among other things.

He said the Parishers at the church had been so generous when it came to giving and making contributions to matters affecting the church.

Fr. Sakala has since thanked the church and the community for working hand in hand by ensuring that works towards the refreshing of the parish house were completed soon.

Meanwhile, Committee Chairperson Mable Mungomba said their target was to raise K150, 000 which would cater for different projects.

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