Ouagadougou, 20 November, 2019 / 2:31 am (ACI Africa).
Some 900 delegates from across the African continent are gathering in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, for the Africa and Madagascar Congress on Divine Mercy, the fourth such spiritual meeting to be organized in Africa, with various African Church leaders including the Papal delegate setting the tone and outlining the value and significance of the weeklong spiritual exercise Tuesday, November 19.
“Where there is misery, God’s mercy comes to announce a message,” the Papal delegate to the Congress, Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui in Central African Republic (CAR) told the hundreds of delegates who gathered at the opening ceremony.
The Cardinal, a member of the religious Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), announced the immediately purpose of the spiritual Congress saying, “We are called upon during this congress to pray and implore God’s mercy for our beloved continent so that God may end the violence and bloodshed noted in Africa in recent times.”
The host of the Congress, the Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo expressed joy at the choice of Burkina Faso as the venue of the continental event.
“Our country Burkina Faso and the Church family of God rejoice in the honor bestowed on them to host the 4th Pan-African Congress of Divine Mercy, which is a great reason for joy, thanksgiving and hope.”