Bishop Rev. Fr. John Ryan of the Diocese, made the remarks during epiphany, children celebration`s day the church organized at St. Joseph Parish in Nkhata-Bay with key messages of promoting peace in society. Meanwhile, Ryan disclosed that as a church they are satisfied with the continued peace and stability prevailing in the country.
“We are blessed with peace and it is one thing we would want to promote more and more. We have seen in other countries, they don’t have this peace,” said Ryan.
He added that while epiphany is dedicated to children, it helps the church to grow since children are given a chance to take up in church activities.
“The fact that the children have been taking a large part in running up today’s mass, it’s an effort to get children to realize that they have a place in the church that them too can actually make church grow,” added Bishop.
Also present during the mass was Country Director for the Society for the Propagation of Faith and organizer of the event Father Philip Shawa who challenged churches to put children in Christianity first because they are future leaders of both the Church and the country.
“In the church we celebrate this day so that we emphasize the need of the church as you may observe this time that sometimes people do not really attend church services. Now as a church we would like to put that spirituality in the children first,” said Shawa.
Epiphany is a yearly event which aims at emphasizing the role of children in the Catholic Church.