Zambia's external debt grew dramatically in the 1980s, and at the time of the 1991 political transition it stood at over US$ 7 billion, or almost U$ 700 for every Zambian woman, man and child. Several times the Catholic bishops had mentioned in the Statements the need to have this debt substantially reduced or cancelled. With the 'Jubilee 2000" campaign inspired by calls from Pope John Paul 11, Archbishop George Carey of Canterbury and other key religious leaders, the Zambian Churches joined together in a strong call for debt cancellation in order to enable Zambia to meet the great needs of the poor. The Churches pledged to monitor the use of money freed, so that these resources really contributed to meeting the social and productive needs of the Country.
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:Greetings to you, with the peace of Jesus Christ
Let us pray for each other in this noble task!