a mass celebrated in Kinshasa “for peace and

In June, for health reasons, the Vatican had postponed the visit that Pope Francis had planned to make to the DRC and South Sudan on Saturday, July 2. His foreign minister, Bishop Pietro Parolin, was sent to Kinshasa to represent him at a Mass in the cathedral.

as reported from Kinshasa, Kamanda Wa Kamanda Muzembe

A large canvas has been stretched over the courtyard of the Folk Palace. The map of the Congo is drawn in the middle of a great sun, with this inscription: “Prayer for peace and reconciliation”

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo was the first to speak. In his sermon, the Archbishop of Kinshasa recalled the difficult trials that the Democratic Republic of Congo is going through, and in particular the wars that, according to the prelate, were imposed on it by the local and foreign armed groups raging in the eastern part of the country. Bishop Fridolin Ambongo specifically mentioned the M23, which was to be supported by Rwanda.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin then sent a message of consolation to the Congolese people. Pope Francis’ special envoy reminded us that no matter what the situation, we must always keep in mind that “God is always by our side.” Prime Minister Sama Lukonde finally reiterated the Congolese people’s desire to welcome Pope Francis to his land as soon as possible. “We are waiting for that,” he concluded.

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In parallel with this mass in Kinsahsa, a religious service was organized which gathered Congolese foreigners on Sunday in Rome. In addition, after Kinsahsa, the pope’s envoy, Bishop Pietro Parolin is therefore expected to visit Juba, the capital of South Sudan..

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