To facilitate the registration, the Congolese Catholic Bishop says, Parish Priests have been issued with a “form that establishes the framework of the statistics to be drawn up for this purpose.”
“The completed form must reach the Diocesan chancery by 15 April 2022 at the latest,” the Local Ordinary Butembo-Beni Diocese has directed in his March 30 letter.
He adds, “Diocesan Priests and Consecrated Persons will be registered respectively through the Union of Diocesan Priests, and the Conference of Major Superiors (COSUMA) Butembo-Beni.”
“While waiting for your lists, I remind you that we are all invited to carry this apostolic visit in our prayers,” the Congolese Bishop says, and continues, “We are also invited to give our financial contribution to the financial committee of this apostolic visit.”
“Remember that the maturity of a Church is measured, among other things, by its generosity,” Bishop Paluku further says.
When realized, the July 2-7 pastoral trip to the two African countries will mark Pope Francis’ third visit to sub-Saharan Africa.
The journey will mark the first time a Pope has visited the world's youngest nation of South Sudan and the third Papal visit to DRC, the latter reportedly being home to Africa's largest Catholic population.
Earlier this month, Catholic Bishops in DRC urged the people of God to carry out works of mercy, reconciliation, and peacebuilding ahead of the planned Papal pastoral trip.
On March 14, officials of the Holy See Press unveiled the logo and motto of the Pope's visit to the Central African nation. Days later, that of the visit to South Sudan was unveiled.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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