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Cardinal Filoni arrives in Malawi

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni arrived in Malawi Thursday, 3 November, ahead of the consecration of St Joseph the Worker Catholic Cathedral scheduled for Karonga Diocese on Saturday, 5 November.

In September, Pope Francis named Cardinal Filoni as his special envoy at the consecration of Karonga’s Cathedral, situated in the Northern part of Malawi bordering Tanzania and Zambia.

Cardinal Filoni was welcomed in Malawi by Archbishop Julio Murat, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia; Archbishops Tarcisius Gervazio Ziyaye and Thomas Luke Msusa of Lilongwe and Blantyre Archdioceses respectively; Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese and the Secretary General for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Father Henry Saindi.

“On Friday, (the Cardinal) will interact with the Laity (akhristu eni ake) including children at St. Mary's Parish in the Diocese of Karonga. On Saturday he will consecrate on behalf of Pope Francis Saint Joseph the Worker Cathedral of the Diocese of Karonga,” reads part of the programme available at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi.

Malawi’s Vice President, Saulosi Chilima, is expected to represent Republican President Arthur Peter Mutharika at the consecration ceremony in Karonga Diocese.

According to the programme, the Cardinal is scheduled to preside over the Eucharistic celebration at St. Patrick's Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe on Sunday evening. On Monday morning, he will lead the clergy, religious and faithful in the Eucharistic Celebration at the Monastery of the Poor Clares before visiting Children at the Missionary Sisters of Charity in Kawale.

The Cardinal is expected to proceed to Zambia Monday, 7 November.

Created in July 2010 and inaugurated in November 2010 under the leadership of Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka, Karonga is one of the eight dioceses in Malawi.

(Prince Henderson in Malawi)