In the gallery we find Presidents Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Congo-Brazzaville, along with a whole crowd of officials and faithful. Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo serves for this exceptional mass. He took the opportunity and explained how it was necessary to hire a man from this church who has worked so hard for democratization in his country.
With our special correspondent in Kinshasa, Sonia Rolley
“The best way to honor the memory of this character is to make a firm commitment so that the enormous wealth that God has given our country truly serves the good of our people and not a small privileged group,” said Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo. We can not rent the memory of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwosi, we let the population disappear in misery, while the rulers live in abundance and impunity. ”
Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo therefore had very strong words. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, representatives of the Catholic Church generally do not utter their words. In the face of President Tshisekedi and Sassou-Nguesso, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo would probably have done nothing else, stated one of the priests present, except to appeal to the leaders and politicians of his country, for the good of the people.
Before Cardinal Ambongo and this Mass, all those who testified praised members of his biological family and his church, his strong character, his struggle for justice and against mediocrity.
This Tuesday, July 20, Cardinal Monsengwo’s face is plated everywhere, there are especially giant posters on the walls of the Palace of the People with this message: “Laurent Monsengwo, a pretty symbol of the nation”. There is also a choir that sings religious songs, some of which were composed by the deceased himself.
During this ceremony, Laurent Monsengwo was posthumously decorated by President Tshisekedi. Then the Congolese will be able to meditate in front of their coffin and freely rent him part of the day.