Mary Chilima, wife to the Vice-President, last Saturday called on parents to embrace the spirit of care and support for the children so that they grow up with spiritual and moral values and become productive citizens.
Chilima said this when she joined hundreds of children drawn from all the 37 parishes in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe to celebrate the Holy Childhood Mass at Don Bosco Parish.
“As parents, we need to seriously think of our children by, among other things, supporting and caring for them. We need to protect them from all forms of abuse, including child labour,” said Chilima.
She said for the country to have good leaders in all spheres, children need proper social and spiritual grooming.
Archbishop of Lilongwe Tarcisius Ziyaye, who presided over the Mass, said the Catholic Church, through its leadership recognises children and that is why the Holy See established a Pontifical Missionary Societies (PMS) office to oversee the welfare of children in the Church.
“You children must strive to respect your parents and try to grow with Christ by taking the examples of the Saints,” the archbishop advised the children.
Diocesan PMS director for Lilongwe Archdiocese, Fr. Francis Lekaleka said based on the theme for this year’s celebration, children are encouraged to give their best for the Church in terms of prayers, services and monetary contributions.
On his part, PMS national director Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa said, among other reasons, the Children’s Day for Mission in the Catholic Church is meant to pray for all children in the world so that they are under the protection and guidance of Child Jesus. n