ArchBishop Mpundu retires, Banda takes over

Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu opts to retire replaced by Alick Banda

Lusaka archdiocese Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu who was among the youngest catholic bishops at the time of his appointment, has opted to retire from active clerical ministry as ArchBishop.

The Vatican has accepted his request and has since replaced him with Bishop of Ndola Alick Banda.

“The Holy Father Francis accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Lusaka (Zambia), presented by S.E. Mons. Telesphore George Mpundu.”

“The Pope has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of the same seat of S.E. Mons. Alick Banda, so far Bishop of Ndola.”

Archbishop Mpundu has retired from active ministry and his successor has been appointed.

Usually, priests retire at 70 and Bishops at 75 but he requested to retire early so that he can have enough time to rest as he was made a Bishop at 40.

Below is the letter from the Vatican

Renunciations and appointments

Renunciation of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lusaka (Zambia) and appointment of the successor

The Holy Father Francis accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Lusaka (Zambia), presented by S.E. Mons. Telesphore George Mpundu.

The Pope has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of the same seat of S.E. Mons. Alick Banda, so far Bishop of Ndola.

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COMMENTS

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    Mzee Hekima 3 weeks

    Bishop Mpundu goes on early retirement have you head that he must also leave the Catholic Church.Politicians your question.

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    A K 3 weeks

    de pope has made a big mistake 2 appoint this adulterous & corrupt alick banda as archbishop.banda sleeps with a ndola based girl called mwila.mwila is young enough even 2 banda,s child.zambians saw alick banda sided with lungu during HH,s arrest & dat,s de time some of us in kitwe stopped attending mass.now he is archbishop,over my dead body.

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      John M Phiri 2 weeks

      Dear AK, don’t keep away from Mass because of the shortcomings of a bishop as each one of us will stand alone before God for judgement. We have sinners in all the churches and religions of the world. The teachings of the Catholic Church do not agree with the sinful ways of any member of the Church be it lay person, priest bishop or even the pope. Mother Church herself is Holy though its members and leaders are not. Don’t risk hell because of the sins of others. Kindly resume going to Mass and keep the faith for your own salvation.

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    Kanchule Sidney 3 weeks

    This is the end of the Catholic as we knew it in Zambia, the same way they killed the Post for speaking for the masses, is the same they have killed the Catholic church for speaking for the poor. Who will speak for us now. God help mother Zambia.

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    Neutral 3 weeks

    Politically engineered retirement!

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    webman 3 weeks

    I have a feeling of unease about all this! Is Bishop Mpundu being blackmailed?
    He was just re-elected for that church body barely 3 months ago. A position which he accepted. So it means whatever issue that could induce a retirement would have been sudden and unforeseen. It’s not obviously death because he would have been dead. It’s not obviously illness or we would have seen him sick or in hospital. That leaves us only with blackmail.
    Countrymen, it’s time to say farewell to Zambia!

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    hh 3 weeks

    good riddance

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    Zambezi guy 3 weeks

    this is the heart a reasoning parent should have. unlike the situations we are seeing in Zambian politics.