Congolese Cardinal Urges Pastoral Agents to “support those in precarious situations”

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing pastoral agents in DR Congo's Kinshasa Archdiocese on 4 January 2021. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has urged pastoral agents under his jurisdiction to do more to support their fellow brothers and sisters in difficult situations.

Addressing pastoral agents Tuesday, January 4 during a ceremony to exchange new year greetings, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo said, “The year 2021 that has just ended was marked by both difficult (unfortunate) and happy events.”

Some of the challenging moments, Cardinal Ambongo said, include “the pandemic of the Coronavirus; the death of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo; the burial of two members of our diocesan family: Father Blaise Mamba, and Bishop Tharcisse Tshibangu; the socio-political instability and the absence of the State; the disruption of the school and academic year; the ever-increasing social misery of our people; the collapse of our economic system; and the selfishness of our leaders.”

The insecurity and instability in the East of the DRC and the natural disasters have only multiplied the number of deaths of our brothers and sisters, the Congolese Cardinal lamented.

Against this backdrop, he urged his collaborators to “support our brothers and sisters in humanity who find themselves in precarious situations through active and effective participation in the projects of the Church.”


“Together, let us work to spread the Catholic faith and identity at the heart of our society,” the Archbishop of Kinshasa said. 

He further called upon pastoral agents in the Congolese Archdiocese to work together and in the name of faith, underscoring the need to “resist the anti-values that are developing at a dizzying pace in our society and are unfortunately also corrupting our ecclesiastical structures.”

“Together, let us accomplish the project of taking charge of our local Church. Together, let us protect and enhance the land and financial patrimony of our Archdiocese,” the Cardinal who has been at the helm of Kinshasa Archdiocese since November 2018 added.

He continued, “Together, let us bear the challenges of a Congolese society that is totally pacified and out of danger of any form of splintering.”

“We should be true protagonists of a happy future for the Congolese Society and Church,” Cardinal Ambongo reiterated his message of peace and harmony among pastoral agents in Kinshasa Archdiocese. 

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According to the Congolese Cardinal, “the tradition of exchanging wishes expresses, on the one hand, our deep desire to think together about our common future; on the other hand, the commitment and determination of each and every one of us to make this wish come true.”

“In exchanging our greetings at this Christmas time, I hasten to draw from the contemplation of the mystery of the Incarnation the essence of my wishes to the entire diocesan community,” Cardinal Ambongo said in his January 4 address to pastoral agents under his jurisdiction.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.