Chilima said this in Mzuzu during a fundraising dinner and dance for Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church where he was guest of honor.
The event was organized to solicit resources to establish and renovate four newly introduced parishes in the diocese at Chibavi and Katoto in Mzuzu and Mpherembe and Embangweni in Mzimba.
Said Chilima: “The government under Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika realizes the importance of freedom of worship in the country, the President commends the good partnership government has with religious institutions and that government will do everything possible to sustain and build the partnership,” said Dr. Chilima.
Held on first September, the day categorically set aside by leader of the Catholic Church Pope Francis as a world prayer day for the care of creation; tasking Catholics world over and the community to renew their commitment to God among others.
The Vice President also said the theme for the day reflects well to what government advocates while urging people to be generous towards such development stands.
Dr. Chilima said it was pleasing to note that religious institutions directly employ government development pillars by being creative through self-help activities.
Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church, John Ryan said the activity is part of materializing the church’s newly launched strategic plan which aims at building the kingdom of God in the church.
“To achieve our mission we have to ensure that the priests, sisters, brothers should me near the people and this is just the beginning and we will open more parishes,” said Bishop Ryan.
The event was also a means to expand its outreach programs, an evangelism process that promotes social and economic advancements.