Lubumbashi, 12 June, 2023 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The third National Eucharistic Congress in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that concluded on Sunday, June 11 marked “a decisive turning point” for the followers of Jesus Christ in the Central African nation, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the country has said.
In his speech at the conclusion of the June 4-11 spiritual event that was held at the TP Mazembe Stadium in Lubumbashi, Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa said the spiritual engagement “we have just experienced marks a decisive turning point in our journey to follow Christ.”
“This third Eucharistic Congress, rich in teachings and signs, has opened our eyes. We could also say, our hearts were burning during the theological colloquia, during catechesis, during the procession of the Blessed Sacrament and finally during this Eucharistic celebration on the feast of the Blessed Sacrament,” Archbishop Utembi, who is the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) said.
He added, “Our pilgrimage does not end here with the mass we have just celebrated. We will continue with God's help to strengthen unity in our families and everywhere.”
“We have discovered even more that the Eucharist is a commitment that goes as far as the gift of one’s self for the weakest, the poorest, the sinners.” Archbishop Utembi said, and added, “We experienced the Church's missionary dimension and universal brotherhood.”