Zambian President credits Church for debt cancellation

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa expressed his appreciation for the role played by the Church in the lifting of Zambia's external debts through the Jubilee Zambia program.

Times of Zambia reports that when he received credentials from new Vatican representative to Zambia, Archbishop Nicola Garasoli, at State House yesterday, Mr Mwanawasa said his Government attached great appreciation to the role the Church in Zambia played through various organisations and religious orders.

His Government's relationship with the Church was based on mutual understanding focusing on the development of the well being of people.

He commended the Vatican for constantly pleading with the richer nations to reduce debts for developing countries. The Vatican acted, he said, as a voice for the voiceless to ensure the needs of the developing nations were heard.

Archbishop Garasoli also presented special greetings from Benedict XVI to President Mwanawasa.

The President said he was touched by remarks by the archbishop on the need to maintain peace and stability in the nation and the region as Zambia had consistently contributed to the promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law on the African continent.

Mr Mwanawasa said he was hopeful the new Apostolic Nuncio would strengthen the existing relations between Zambia and the Holy See.

Mwanawasa Hails Catholic Church (Times of Zambia, 15/6/2006)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Centre for Justice, Development and Peace Zambia
Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection
Profile: Zambia's new leader (BBC, 8/1/2002)

Bishops seeking debt reduction visit Bonn (CathNews, 16/6/99)

16 Jun 2006