Loading
Zambian bishops encourage 'people-driven' constitution
Zambian flag.
Zambian flag.

.- The Catholic bishops of Zambia have urged locals to be vigilant in calling for a new, “people-driven” constitution to help advance development in the country.

“Even though we cannot eat a constitution, a good constitution will ensure that there is food on our tables, medicine in our hospitals and that quality education is offered in our schools,” Father Cleophas Lungu, the secretary general of the Zambian Episcopal Conference, told a June 11 meeting of civil society organizations.

Fr. Lungu said the need for a new constitutional order is “indisputable.” A new constitution must “embrace the true aspirations of well-meaning Zambians and thereby stand the test of time.”

“After 17 wasted years, we strongly feel, think and believe that time has come for our nation to deliver,” he said. “Yes, for us, a new constitution is a must because we see it as a tool for social, economic and political development of our country.”

He urged the Catholic Church and other civil society organizations to remain “vigilant and prophetic” to counter political self-interest and to organize positive political pressure.

“Because of our deep rooted love and passion for our people, we refuse to stay idle and simply watch and pray that we have a constitution one day,” he added.

Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front party has promised a new constitution for the country. Proposals are presently under review, with a deadline set for June 30, the Times of Zambia reports.

Fr. Lungu said the constitutional review process is “a moment of grace and truth which we must not allow to pass by in vain.”

“We want to aspire for a better Zambia through the enactment of a people-driven constitution,” he said.

The report could mark renewed public attention to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which will give over $9 million in grants to 214 organizations in 2013.

Tags: Human rights


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: