|Africa||CHURCH IN ZAMBIA INTERVENES AGAINST CORRUPTION|
The Zambian Bishops' Conference this week called on the government to act to stem widespread corruption and injustice.
In the statement, the Bishops called on Catholics to "dissociate themselves from the conspiracy of silence and apathy in the face of injustice, violation of human rights, and rampant corruption, which have reached epidemic proportions and endanger the very fabric of our society."
The Catholic Church is very influential in Zambia because it contributes 60% of all health care in rural areas and provides funding for programs against HIV and AIDS, one of the principal killers in this southern African country. Zambian President Frederick Chiluba, however, referred to the Bishops' appeal as a minor understanding with Catholics that would be sorted out.
Zenit (available soon) 10/2/00