Written by MALAWI NEWS AGENCY
BLANTYRE--Archbishop TarcisiusZiyaye has urged Catholics to continue praying for the church’s leadership after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
He said this during Ash Wednesday Mass which he led in celebration at St Montfort Catholic Institute (CI) church in Blantyre.
The Archbishop said even though the resignation of head of the church on Monday shocked many faithful, it does not mean that he has stopped serving the church.
“It sounds strange because others have never heard of it before but it is in the Canon law of the church,” he said, emphasizing that the Pope indicated in his resignation that he would continue praying for the church.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of lent season which is the time before Easter during which the catholic faithful abstain and fast in remembrance to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made at cavalry.
“It is a 40-day time of preparation before Easter, the memorial of the death and resurrection of Jesus,” says the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Ziyaye appealed to Catholics to help the needy, be more prayerful and humble during lent season.
“When you help, don’t seek publicity and praise for God will reward you even if you don’t tell the world that you have done charity work,” he said in his usual calm state.
Pope Benedict the XVI resigned as the church’s head on Monday morning on health grounds. He was ordained in April, 2005 at 78 years old after the death of Pope John Paul II. His resignation comes after Pope Gregory XII’s in 1415.
There are about 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.