Meanwhile, the Church continues celebrating Lent, a season of intensified prayer, fasting and almsgiving, president of Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) Rev. George Lungu has issued a statement to all Catholic Church members in Zambia. The statement makes a special appeal for financial and material donations for the Cyclone Idai victims.
Rev. Lungu said the donated resources should be delivered to the Catholic Secretariat within the Holy Week and will later be sent to the affected Bishops’ Conferences as part of ZCCB’s pastoral solidarity.
“May the words of the Gospel remain our inspiration: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Mt 25: 35-36),” he said.
Cyclone Idai damaged communities in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi leaving at least 686 people dead and about 3 million displaced.
Many victims of the cyclone are left without homes, food, clean water and clothes.