Kinshasa, 21 July, 2021 / 9:43 pm (ACI Africa).
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.
In his Tuesday, July 20 homily during Cardinal Monsengwo’s funeral Mass, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo highlighted various ways of honoring his predecessor who died on July 11 aged 81, underscoring the need to foster the values the late Cardinal espoused.
“The best way to honor the memory of Cardinal Monsengwo is to continue his struggle and to accomplish God's work for our humanity, of which he was but the humble servant. The work of God in the current situation of our country is to see the Congo standing, united and prosperous,” Cardinal Ambongo said.
The Congolese Cardinal eulogized his predecessor as an “eminent Pastor” who leaves behind a legacy of working toward unity in diversity in DRC.
Cardinal Monsengwo was committed to God’s mission in DRC, the Archbishop of Kinshasa said, explaining that the Congolese are expected to live together “without distinction of language, tribe, religion or social class, join hands to make the Congo a better place (and) to push back the frontiers of injustice, selfishness and exploitation of the poor.”