Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Church attacked in Zambia

Catholic World News - June 04, 2013

Youth activists associated with Zambia’s ruling party, the Patriotic Front (PF), attacked a prayer gathering at a Protestant church.

“We were beaten, others had their cars smashed by cadres with sticks, knives, and pangas,” said a Bishop John Mambo of the Church of God. (A panga is a heavy knife used in East Africa.)

Mambo added that “we are worried about the direction they are taking this country we have always warned that the PF tolerates thuggery, they do not believe in democracy.”

“That PF cadres, wielding sticks and all manner of offensive instruments descended upon innocent citizens, Church leaders, journalists, cameramen and some politicians in a Church, is unprecedented and totally shocking,” said a statement signed by Zambia’s Christian leaders, including a representative of the Catholic bishops’ conference.

“Citizens and opposition political parties must be accorded legitimate space to register different opinions, for example, through peaceful protests,” the statement continued. “Once again, we call upon the Zambia police to be impartial and to protect all citizens at all times.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,416 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,584.25
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO 20 hours ago
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29
Frustrating the Moral Law August 29
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8