Fr. Ted meets Pope Francis

13 February of 2019 by

Born on 30th June 1979 in the small African country of Malawi, Fr. Ted Masiye Chigamba of the Catholic Diocese of Mangochi had a rare opportunity of attending an audience with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on 8th February 2019 in the Vatican.

This was part of the planned activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) who are sponsoring Fr. Ted’s studies in Islamic Theology and Arabic in view of fostering inter-religious dialogue in Malawi.

After his ordination as a priest on 25th September 2004, Fr. Ted served at PASDAVO Spiritual Formation Centre in Malawi before being appointed secretary to the Bishop of Mangochi in January 2005. Then he did a BA in mathematics and science at Domasi Teachers College from 2010 to 2013. Then, he was appointed teacher and formator at St. Paul the Apostle Minor Seminary in Mangochi Diocese (Malawi). In 2016, Fr. Ted went to Rome to study for his Master’s degree at the Pontifical Institute for Studies in Islamology and Arabic (PISAI).

I am convinced that my studies will help a lot to improve dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Malawi where there have been some tension recently.

This is in line with the charism of the White Fathers, which promotes dialogue with Muslims as part of their missionary work.  During the meeting Pope Francis thanked the Missionaries of Africa for their commendable achievements over the last 150 years and he encouraged them to work even more in serving the Church especially among the vulnerable groups and in promoting dialogue with Muslims.

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