Former Lusaka Catholic diocese archbishop Medardo Mazombwe has been appointed as Cardinal by the Pope.
According to a statement by the Apostolic Nunciature at the Vatican Embassy in Lusaka, Bishop Mazombwe will be conferred with the Cardinalate on November 20 during a public consistory at St Peter Square in Rome.
According to Wikipedia, A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official, usually a bishop, of the Catholic Church. They are collectively known as the College of Cardinals, which as a body elects a new pope.
“For the first time in history a native Zambian is created Cardinal. This is great news for Zambia and this region of Africa.
“In fact the appointment of a Cardinal goes far beyond the Catholic community and it is a sign of acknowledgement and love of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI not only for the Catholics but for all people of this country and region regardless of their religious affiliation,” said the statement.
“H.E Msgr. Arch. Mazombwe is a worldwide esteemed and respected religious personality. Due to his commitment to strengthen peace and ecumenical dialogue and his tireless action to defend and promote religious freedom, in February this year he received the Honourary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) at CUEA Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi.”
The Vatican Embassy said that the appointment of a Cardinal was highest and most important in the Catholic church and represented the great affection of Pope Benedict XVI to Zambia and the region.
“The appointment would also contribute to enriching the unity of the Catholics in the country and the region, as well as between the See of Rome and the Bishops.
“H.E. Arch. Mazombwe will receive the RED HAT (Berretta) by the hands of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, during the public consistory in Saint Peter Square on Saturday 20th November in Vatican (Rome-Italy),” read the statement.
“We encourage many Zambians to accompany Mons. Mazombwe to the Vatican for this unique and historical occasion, which will crown a life of service to the Church and to the people of God.”