Kinshasa, 25 November, 2021 / 11:20 am (ACI Africa).
There is “no problem” between the State and the leadership of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a lawmaker in the Central African country has said amid media speculations of tensions between the two entities.
Reports making rounds on social media have indicated that the government and the Catholic Church in DRC have had a rift because of the latter's opposition to the appointment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) chairperson.
A section of government officials in the country led by the Speaker of the National Assembly paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop of Kinshasa Archdiocese, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Tuesday, November 23 to clarify the speculations.
Addressing journalists after the courtesy visit, Christophe Mboso Nkodia highlighted “the regular and familiar nature of these kinds of visits to the one that everyone considers first of all as a spiritual Father.”
“There is no problem between the State and the Catholic Church and as for the Cardinal in particular, there is none,” Mr. Mboso told journalists November 23, and added, “We are used to coming here to our spiritual father, our Archbishop. But today, we came because of rumors that you know have been spreading on social media.”