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Cardinal Joseph Mazombwe of Zambia dies

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka and the Zambia Episcopal Conference regret to announce the death of His Eminence Medardo CARDINAL Joseph Mazombwe, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lusaka Archdiocese.
His Eminence, Cardinal Mazombwe passed away in Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on Thursday, 29 August 2013 at around 17.40 hours Zambian time.
Brief PROFILE of Medardo CARDINAL Joseph Mazombwe
Zambia‘s first indigenous Cardinal
Cardinal Mazombwe was born on 24 Sep 1931 at Katete in the Eastern Province of Zambia. He was ordained a Catholic priest on 4 September 1960 and become Bishop of Chipata Diocese on 7 Feb 1971. Between 1996 and 2006, he was the Archbishop of Lusaka until his retirement in 2006.
On 30 November 2010 the then Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI created the Emeritus Archbishop of Lusaka, Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, as Zambia’s first indigenous Cardinal, at a public consistory held in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican.
Cardinal Mazombwe has held several senior positions in the local and regional Church, such as Zambia Episcopal President (1972 – 1975; 1988 – 1990 and 1999 – 2002); and as Chairman of the regional conferences of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (A.M.E.C.E.A.) (1979 – 1986).
In the months leading to the year 2000, Cardinal Mazombwe, as Archbishop of Lusaka, was an ardent campaigner for the cancellation of Zambia’s international debt, in the Jubilee 2000 movement. Most visible among some of his numerous pastoral initiatives, is the sprawling Cathedral of the Child Jesus (Pope Square) in Lusaka.
Cardinal Mazombwe’s optimism and courage in the face of Cancer inspired many that visited him in the last twelve months. Even as he grew weak, Cardinal Mazombwe never gave up his passion for the affairs of the Church and the nation.
Other funeral details will be communicated in due course.
Fr. Paul Samasumo 29 August 2013
ZEC Spokesperson

His Eminence Merdardo Cardinal Joseph Mazombwe
(1931 - 2013)
30 August 2013, Friday:
Mourners gather at Cathedral of the Child Jesus, Pope Square, Lusaka
19.00 hours: Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus

31 August 2013 Saturday:
19.00 hours: Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus

1 September 2013 Sunday:
Morning: Mass in various parishes
19.00 hours: Prayers, Vespers, Rosary at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus

2 September 2013 Monday:
14:30 hours onwards: Body lies in State at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
19:00 hours: Vigil Mass; Body lies in Church over night; Body
Viewing at Cathedral of the Child Jesus

3 September 2013 Tuesday
09:00 hours: Requiem Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
Burial at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus
(N.B. There will be no body viewing after the Requiem Mass)
For more information contact:
Fr. Albertus Chitoshi, Cathedral Administrator: +260-977-403064
Fr. Paul Samasumo, ZEC Spokesperson: +260-977-865922
Fr. Cleophas Lungu, ZEC Secretary General: +260-968-808745
Catholic Secretariat: (+260) 211-262613 or 262641 Lusaka, Zambia.


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