This is despite Lungus attempt to sideline the Catholic Church in Zambia and create a direct line between the PF secretariat and the Vatican.
When Lungu visited the Vatican, the Pope was more interested in the contribution of the Catholic Church through its educational, social and healthcare institutions, according to the official Communiqué issued by the Vatican.
‘During the cordial discussions, the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Zambia were NOTED.
‘The Parties focused on the contribution of the Catholic Church through her educational, social and healthcare institutions, as well as her collaboration in combating poverty and social inequality, and the promotion of peaceful social and religious co-existence through a culture of dialogue and encounter, ‘read the officials statement.
‘Finally, mention was made of the international situation, with special attention to the conflicts that affect various areas of Africa and the commitment of the country to the peace processes in the Region’the statement said.
Lungu who seemed more interested in taking photos with the Pope and was seeing awkwardly tying to grab the Pope’s hand at one point gave the Pope a copper present.
Pope Francis meets different kinds of people from all walks of life including actors and gay activists, musicians and leaders of different religions.