We are united by our common humanity and a shared mission to care for society and creation – Pope Francis

The Holy Father Pope Francis says we are united by our common humanity and a shared mission to care for society and creation. He said this when he delivered his speech on the occasion of receiving credentials from his Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Zambia to the Holy See on Thursday, 19 may 2016.

The colourful ceremony was held in the clementine hall of the apostolic palace in the Vatican.

In the Popes speech he indicated that the day was a poignant reminder that though nationalities, cultures and different beliefs may vary we were united by our common humanity and a shared mission to care for society and creation.

He added that there was a particular urgency for this service as many in our world were suffering conflicts and war, forced migration and displacement, and the uncertainty born of economic hardship.

“The path of diplomacy helps us to both amplify and convey this plight by seeking solutions to the many underlying causes of our conflicts today. While initiatives on behalf of peace should help people to remain in their homelands the present hour urges us to assist migrants and those caring for them. through the fostering of dialogue and solidarity both individually and collectively it is then that we experience the best humanity and secure an enduring peace for all as intended by our creator.” he said.

The holy father in concluding his address said that the Holy See was honoured to be able to strengthen with the Ambassador and Zambia an open and respectful dialogue and a constructive collaboration. He assured the ambassador of constant support of the roman curia in carrying out the Ambassadors functions.

He expressed through the Ambassador his fraternal greeting to the pastors and faithful of the catholic communities in the country.

“I encourage them always to be heralds of hope and peace”. the holy father said.

His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu visited the Vatican in February 2016 at the invitation of Pope Francis to cement the good relations existing between the Holy See and Zambia.

There’s an important difference between the Holy See and Vatican City State. The Holy See is a non- territorial institution. Diplomats are accredited to The Holy See, not to the Vatican. The Holy See represents the authority of the papacy to govern the church, and does not depend on physical territory. however, the Vatican City State, which is a small area of 108 acres, helps to guarantee independence.

Ambassador Chikonde was accompanied to the Holy See by First Secretary-Tourism Mr. Donald Pelekamoyo and First Secretary- Protocol Mr. Liboma Lipalile.

London, Friday 20 May 2016

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