Kinshasa, 16 February, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has extended his condolences to members of the Order of Clerics Regular Minor (Caracciolini or Adorno Fathers - CRM) following the murder of their confrere in the Democratic Repubolic of Congo (DRC).
Fr. Richard Masivi Kasereka who was to turn 37 in just three days was “assassinated” by armed men in the Territory of Lubero (North-Kivu), while he was returning to his Parish of St. Michael the Archangel of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni, after the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life on February 2.
Speaking during the Wednesday, February 16 General Audience, Pope Francis extended greetings to CRM members and said he thinks of “their young brother, Fr. Richard of the DRC who was killed on the second of February after celebrating Mass on the day for the Consecrated Life.”
“May the death of Fr. Richard, victim of the unjustifiable and deplorable acts of violence, not discourage his family, his religious family and the entire Christian community of that nation from being heralds and witnesses of goodness and fraternity despite the difficulties,” Pope Francis said in his address at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
The late Fr. Richard Masivi Kasereka, CRM. Credit: Clerics Regular Minor