28 August 2016 Last updated at: 5:23 AM
Mutharika calls on churches to transform Malawians
President Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need for the church to continue transforming souls of Malawians and helping government in developing the country.
The Malawi leader was speaking in Mzuzu at the consecration ceremony of Bishop John Ryan as Bishop for Mzuzu Diocese.
The president said the church is expected to transform souls as well as teach people to be patriotic, hardworking, and to have integrity.
“’As a church we expect you to transform our society as well as helping government in developing the country,” said the Malawi leader.
He also urged the church to help government in ending corruption as the country cannot develop when its people are involved in rampant corruption.
Mutharika then hailed the Catholic Church for the big role it plays in developing the nation in the sectors of education and health as well as in economic empowerment of Malawians.
Bishop John Ryan was appointed in April as the Bishop of Mzuzu diocese after the death of Bishop Joseph Nkasa Zuza who died last year in a car accident.
The Bishop has served as a missionary in several areas in the northern region and before he was appointed Bishop of Mzuzu he was working as chaplain at Mzuzu University where he was also a lecturer of Mathematics.