Kinshasa, 24 April, 2020 / 7:25 am (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo was on Wednesday, April 22 appointed to oversee the Solidary Fund against COVID-19 in his country, a move that has been recognized by the Conference of Bishops as a voluntary social service with the purpose of saving lives.
DRC’s President Félix Tshisekedi announced Cardinal Ambongo’s appointment through a statement that reads in part, “The management committee of the National Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19 pandemic (FNSCC), will be under the coordination of Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa. The coordinator will be assisted in his tasks by Pastor Bokondoa, who will assume the duties of deputy Coordinator.”
The statement from the office of President Tshisekedi further reads, “By placing men of God in the management of the FNSCC and members of civil society, Félix Tshisekedi expects that the 80 million Congolese will find satisfaction in the management of those who are supposed to preach by example.”
For President Tshisekedi, appointing Church leaders at the helm of the Solidarity Fund “is a question of guaranteeing transparency in management, traceability of assistance operations, and control of all donations intended for the response to COVID-19 throughout the national territory.”
Catholic Bishops in DRC have welcomed the appointment saying, “This is a social service that has been requested of the Church through the Cardinal. We can only be proud of it.”