Saturday, April 7, 2012

From the Episcopal Conference of Malawi: Condolence and Solidarity Message

                                                             April 7, 2012
The Episcopal Conference of Malawi, an umbrella body for the eight Catholic Dioceses in Malawi, has learned with sadness the demise of His Excellency Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika.

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi joins all people of good will in expressing condolences to the President–in-waiting, Her Excellency Madam Joyce Banda, the First Lady, the Mutharika family and the entire nation for this sudden loss of the leader of the nation.

We call upon all Malawians to mourn the death of our leader with the kind of dignity befitting the Head of State always ensuring that we rise above personal and political self interests. In this regard, we appeal to the conscience of all those in relevant decision-making offices to strictly adhere to the provisions of succession provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi.

In the spirit of peace and in keeping with the command of Jesus, “Peace is what I leave you, it is my own peace that I give you…..” (John 14:27), we pray that the peace and calm that has been characteristic of Malawi as a nation is seen and allowed to prevail in our country at this juncture.

May God, our Creator, who by the power of Christ conquered death, in his infinite mercy and love, enable the late President share his victory and rest in peace.

Fraternally yours:

Right Reverend Joseph M. Zuza Chairman and Bishop of Mzuzu

Right Reverend Thomas Msusa Vice-Chairman and Bishop of Zomba

Most Reverend Tarcisius G. Ziyaye Archbishop of Blantyre

Most Reverend Remi Ste-Marie Archbishop of Lilongwe

Right Reverend Peter Musikuwa Bishop of Chikhwawa

Right Reverend Emmanuel Kanyama Bishop of Dedza

Right Reverend Alessandro Pagani Bishop of Mangochi

Right Reverend Martin Mtumbuka Bishop of Karonga

Right Reverend Montfort Stima Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre

Date: 7th April, 2012

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