MALAWI: Archbishop Ziyaye Urges Catholic Youth to be Exemplary

SALIMA SEPTEMBER 15, 2017(CISA) – Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaye of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lilongwe has urged the Catholic youth in the country to be ‘the light and salt of their society’, and called on them to be conversant with Catholic Social Teaching.

“I encourage you, brothers and sisters, to use your Christian conscience properly to avoid the evil doings of this modern world. Your behaviour should inspire those who are not Christians. It’s only when you are good Christians that you will be able to make wise decisions and follow various vocations in the Church and be the salt and light that you are supposed to be to the world,” Archbishop Ziyaye said.

The Archbishop was speaking recently at Salima Technical College during Mass to mark the official opening of a three-day youth rally that brought together young people from the parishes of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.

According to Nyasa Times, the outgoing Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Fr Michael Chimvalenji, in his speech urged the youth to value the Holy Eucharist noting that it is the source and summit of Christian life.

He reminded young people that the Catholic Church values the Bible and Sacramentals such as Rosary beads, Statues, Medals, Crucifix and Holy Water.

“Respect these things and do not take them for granted, use them as your spiritual tools. When used for their intended purposes ….they will bring you closer to God since they are a sign of our faith and trust in God,” said Fr Chimvalenji.

The new Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator, Fr Kervin Khodola urged the youth to heed God’s call in their various vocations.

“(The Prophet) Jeremiah was called while he was still a youth. Initially, he was afraid but God assured him of his presence. He faced resistance from the people …but still, he worked for the Kingdom of God. Always remember that God is still doing great things in your lives,” said Fr Khodola.

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