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Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Official Distances DR Congo’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa from Accusation of Mismanagement

Jul 11, 2024

The Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has distanced the Metropolitan See headquartered in the country’s capital from information on social media platforms that alleges mismanagement of funds and other "persistent malaise" in the Archdiocese.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo confirmed President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Clergy, Laity in DR Congo Condemn Judicial Enquiry against Cardinal Ambongo as “shameful initiative”

May 2, 2024

The move to subject Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a judicial enquiry is a “shameful initiative”, the Clergy and Laity in the Central African nation have said. 

Easter Message: Cardinal Ambongo Decries Insecurity, Says DR Congo “seriously ill, almost in a comatose state”

Apr 1, 2024

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has decried the persistent security challenge in country, and described the Central African nation as “seriously ill” and in coma.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Kinshasa Archdiocese

Cardinal Ambongo Decries “shameless predation” of DR Congo’s Resources by Neighbours

Feb 29, 2024

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has condemned countries that neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for working in cahoots with multinationals to rob the country of its natural resources.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

“Vote according to your conscience”: Congolese Cardinal ahead of General Elections

Nov 28, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged eligible voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to vote according to their conscience and to elect leaders of good moral character in the country’s general elections slated for December 20.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in DR Congo. Credit: CENCO

Let’s Work Together for “a Congo more beautiful than before”: Cardinal to Congolese

Jul 8, 2023

The Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling on the people of God in the Central African nation to join hands and facilitate the realization of a “beautiful” country, that goes beyond its negative history. 

Members of St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo hold prayers at the parish premises. Credit: Fr. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu

Catholic Priest in DR Congo Laments Months of Killings over Community Land

May 8, 2023

St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing its members to a group of individuals claiming to prevent the sale of community land.

Credit: CENCO

Cardinal in DR Congo Expresses “compassion” for Victims of Destructive Floods in Kinshasa

Dec 14, 2022

The Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed his “compassion” for and “spiritual closeness” with those affected by destructive floods that reportedly left at least 120 people dead in the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

A poster announcing the Diocesan Youth in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in DR Congo. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Urges Youth to “show solidarity” with the Displaced amid Insecurity

Nov 22, 2022

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has urged young people in his Episcopal See to be in solidarity with the displaced persons amid insecurity in the Eastern part of the country.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at the conclusion Mass of their 19th Plenary  Assembly at the Holy Spirit Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Accra on 31 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Plenary Assembly Ends with Appeal to Political Stakeholders to End Insecurity

Jul 31, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)) have, in their communiqué at the end of their 19th Plenary Assembly, appealed to “social and political stakeholders and decision-makers … to do their utmost” to end insecurity on the African continent.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr (center), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu (left) and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (right)bSECAM President, First Vice and Second Vice President respectively. Credit: ACI Africa

New SECAM Leadership Reaches Out to Regional Conferences for Support to Realize Mission

Jul 31, 2022

The newly elected officials of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have called upon members of the eight regional associations to support them realize the mission the continental symposium.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr (center), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu (left) and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (right) elected SECAM President, First Vice and Second Vice President respectively on 30 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Ghanaian Cardinal-designate to Head Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar

Jul 30, 2022

The Ghanaian Cardinal-designate, Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, has been elected President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

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

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

Jan 5, 2022

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.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing journalists after an audience he granted a section of government officials in the country led by the Speaker of the National Assembly. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Church, Government in DR Congo Have “no problem”: Lawmaker Says amid Media Speculations

Nov 25, 2021

There is “no problem” between the State and the leadership of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a lawmaker in the Central African country has said amid media speculations of tensions between the two entities.   

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

DR Congo’s Electoral Commission Head “not the right choice”: Congolese Cardinal

Nov 6, 2021

Denis Kadima who was confirmed as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “is not the right choice”, a Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing himself to Catholic faithful during Holy Mass at the Our Lady of Congo Cathedral of DRC’s Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Criticizes Attack on His Residence, Thanks Faithful for Solidarity

Aug 10, 2021

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has criticized the recent storming of his residence and thanked the Catholic faithful for standing with him in prayer.

Some members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo "strongly condemn" Series of Attacks on Church

Aug 7, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent attacks targeting the Catholic Church and her leaders. 

Some of the youths who stormed the residence of Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Sunday Storming of Congolese Cardinal’s Residence, Derogatory Remarks, Strongly Condemned

Aug 2, 2021

The storming of the Congolese Cardinal’s residence by a group of “unidentified persons” on Sunday morning and their uttering of inappropriate words have been strongly condemned.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing the faithful during  Cardinal Monsengwo’s funeral Mass. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Highlights Ways “to honor” His Predecessor, Urges Unity in Diversity

Jul 21, 2021

Uniting beyond “tribe, religion or social class” would be one of the best ways of honoring the late Congolese Catholic Church leader, Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo, the late Cardinal’s successor in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Cardinal in DRC against Bill Restricting Presidency to People with Both Congolese Parents

Jul 14, 2021

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has expressed his opposition to a bill that seeks to limit presidential candidates to those who have two Congolese parents.