Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Yves-Marie Monot of the Catholic Diocese of Ouesso in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) and appointed his successor.
There is a need “to re-launch” the platform of exchange that existed between the Catholic Church and the State in the Republic of Congo, Bishops have told the leadership of the Central African nation.
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Anatole Milandou from the pastoral care of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and appointed his successor.
The election of Fr. Alain Mayama from Congo Brazzaville as the new Superior General for the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) not only testifies that Africa is becoming the axis of Catholicism. It also fulfils a deep desire that one of the Congregation’s founders harbored to have a black man become the first Superior General of the Missionary Religious Order.
Ahead of the celebration of the National Day of the Apostolate of the Laity in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), the leadership of the National Council of the Catholic Lay Apostolate of Congo (CNALC) has called on the faithful in the Central African nation to embrace and promote the social teachings of the Church.
Catholic Bishops in the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) have, in a collective statement, expressed “serious reservations” about the presidential election slated for March 21.
In a meeting with the Prime Minister of Congo-Brazzaville early this week, representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the Central African country expressed the need for resuming public worship in a way that does not put the people of God at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Over the weekend, Pope Francis elevated the dioceses of Pointe-Noire and Owando in Congo-Brazzaville to Archdioceses, appointing Bishop Miguel Ángel Olaverri Arroniz and Bishop Victor Abagna Mossa as their first Metropolitan Archbishops respectively.
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo Brazzaville (Congo).
As governments in Africa put in place a raft of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Church leaders in Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville have, in separate statements, allowed the celebration of public Mass amid certain precautionary measures, including a limited number of those in attendance.
Pope Francis on Thursday, March 5 announced the establishment of the diocese of Ekwulobia in south eastern Nigeria and appointed Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, previously rejected by a section of the clergy and lay faithful of Nigeria’s Ahiara Diocese, as its first Local Ordinary.
On Thursday, December 12, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of two African Prelates and made three Episcopal appointments for the Church in Africa that included the transfer of the Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Torit diocese, Bishop Stephen Ameyu to Juba Archdiocese and the naming of Fr. Daniel Nzika and Fr. Julius Yakubu Kundi as new Bishops in the Congo and Nigeria respectively.
Informed by fears of the possible loss of Christian identity in the Central Africa nation of Congo-Brazzaville, Catholic Bishops have recently called on the people of God in their country to maintain their identity as followers of Christ, which they have described as a vocation that requires some distinction.