IT IS the work of the church to embrace and help the under-privileged in society, says visiting Oblate superior general Louis Lougen.
Reverend Lougen, who is in the country to attend the 200 years Oblate anniversary celebration slated for this Saturday, said the Oblate fathers were known to help the poor and church spiritually.
He said the 200-year anniversary celebration would deepen the Catholic Church faith and to preach the evangelisation to the poor in society, adding that the church had great respect to the world.
Reverend Lougen said the anniversary would be celebrated under the theme: “He has sent me to preach the good news to the poor; the poor have the good news preached to them”.
He said the theme was in line with this year’s church theme which was the year of mercy.
Reverend Lougen urged the young Oblates fathers to be prayerful all the time and ensure that peace and love prevailed among families and the congregants.
Fr Lougen, who is also Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, would also attend other activities expected to take place in Lusaka and Kabwe specifically in Oblates centres.
And Fr Terrance Chota, who is Our Mary Immaculate administrative assistant, said the Oblate fathers in Zambia had been rendering support to the poor in areas of education and health, adding that the congregation was now serving in more than 65 countries.