Kinshasa, 07 March, 2022 / 11:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement at the end of their 59th Plenary Assembly, urged the people of God to carry out works of mercy, reconciliation, and peacebuilding ahead of Pope Francis’ July pastoral visit.
On March 3, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced that the Holy Father plans to visit two African nations in his July 2-7 trip that is to begin in DRC, and conclude in South Sudan.
In their Pastoral Letter dated Monday, March 7, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) highlight the importance of the Papal visit and preparations ahead of the four-day event.
“In order to prepare for the reception of the Pope, everyone, individually or in community, is invited to carry out works of mercy, reconciliation and the building of peace and brotherhood,” Catholic Bishops in DRC say.
They add, “The meeting with the Pope is a moment of grace that requires a good spiritual preparation. This is why we invite all the faithful to pray for this great ecclesial and national meeting.”