Government has praised the Catholic Church for its contribution to nation building through its various projects in the education and health sectors.
Vice President Inonge Wina says the church has constructed many respectable learning and health institutions that have complemented those set up by the government.
Ms. Wina says the Catholic Church in Zambia has offered social services in the areas of education, health, care for people living with disabilities, orphans as well as the extension of development and relief services to the underprivileged.
Speaking during the celebrating of 125 years of Catholic Church in Zambia, Ms. Wina says the catholic church has continued to be a strong and reliable partner with government in not only the delivery of social services but also in advocating for integral development.
And Ms Wina has assured the Catholics that government listens to its voice even though it is critical.
She has since urged them to support government because it is determined to develop this country.
Speaking at the same event, Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops President Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu has appealed to the church to work with the government of the day in developing the nation.
Bishop Mpundu has also advised church members not to engage in politics and leave it to politicians.
And Apostolic Nuncio for Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat has urged the church to love and serve one another.
Archbishop Murat says Christians should embrace love and serve others.