Kinshasa, 23 February, 2021 / 9:08 pm (ACI Africa).
The Laity Coordination Committee (CLC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recognized Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya for his “concrete and exceptional acts,” giving him the Bakanja-Kimbangu Grand Citizen Merit Award.
Launched in July 2020, the Bakanja-Kimbangu Grand Citizen Merit Award honours Congolese citizens who distinguish themselves through concrete and exceptional acts.
Cardinal Monsengwo received the award named after two important historical figures from the DRC, Isidore Bakanja and Simon Kimbangu, Saturday, February 20. The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Denis Mukwege also received the same award.
“The existence of a prize in support of the promotion and defence of moral values seemed to us more than indispensable to honour those among us who distinguish themselves by exceptional acts of public interest towards justice, human rights, peace and national harmony,” CLC Coordinator, Prof. Isidore Ndaywel told journalists February 20.
Addressing members of the Press after receiving the award, Cardinal Monsengwo paid homage to Isidore Bakanja and Simon Kimbangu saying, “The title of this award by which you honour Dr. Mukwege and myself is striking. Bakanja-Kimbangu brings into peaceful coexistence a blessed Catholic and a founder of traditional African religions.”