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Papal Envoy to Malawi and Zambia Decry Baby Dumping Menace

CANAA || By Prince Henderson, Malawi Episcopal Conference || 10 November 2016

filoni decries baby dumping menace in malawiThe Papal envoy to Malawi and Zambia, Fernando Cardinal Filoni last Monday, November 7, expressed concern over irresponsible parenthood, decrying the practice of some mothers dumping their babies soon after delivery.

Cardinal Filoni was speaking at Mother Teresa Orphanage Centre in Kawale in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

“These are just innocent souls and need to be loved and cared [for],” the Papal envoy said, adding, “They are the future leaders.”

The Cardinal who was visibly touched encouraged the orphans to be prayerful and emulate Jesus.

Sister Mira of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Congregation said the center has 53 orphans under their care, usually brought there by either officials from the District Social Welfare or the Police.

“As a community we would like to thank His Eminence for paying us a visit. His coming is a blessing to us and we are very grateful to the Holy Father who sent with him some gifts for the children,” Sister Mira said.

She added that as a congregation they believe that life is a gift from God, so too the children at the center are a gift from God.

“We would want to discourage the tendency of aborting innocent children as well, therefore, let those that feel wouldn’t manage to take care for their children, bring them to this Centre rather than aborting or abandoning the innocent souls,” said sister Mira.

National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera said cases of baby dumping are mostly unreported to the Police hence it is difficult to measure how many babies are dumped within a specific period of time.

Cardinal Filoni arrived in Malawi Thursday, November 3 and proceeded to Zambia Monday, November 7 to be part of the celebrations marking 125 years of the Catholic Church there.

He is expected to conclude his two-country mission Thursday, November 10.

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