Zambians pay their last respects to the late Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe
The Spokesperson of the Zambia Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr. Paul Samasumo, has issued a statement saying due to the overwhelming number of people from the diocese of Chipata who wanted to pay their last respects to the late cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, who served as Bishop there between 1971 and 1996 before he was transferred to Lusaka, the bishops Conference decided to transport the body of the Cardinal to the Cathedral of Chipata on Sunday September 1st. The body would lie in State, overnight, in the Cathedral to enable Christians and other residents pay their last respects till the early hours of Monday. A funeral mass was celebrated in the Cathedral on Sunday evening. The body will be transported back to Lusaka on Monday afternoon where it will lie in state in the Cathedral of the Child Jesus. A requiem mass will be celebrated on Tuesday September 3rd. It will be followed by burial. Cardinal Mazombwe, the first native Zambian cardinal, died on Thursday August 29th of cancer at the Lusaka University Teaching Hospital at the age of 82.