In his four-day pastoral visit to DRC, the Holy Father is scheduled to meet the people of God in the cities of Kinshasa and Goma.
In his March 31 address to journalists, the 55-year-old Apostolic Nuncio also spoke about how the Catholic Church is preparing for Papal visit saying, “The Church has also set up commissions similar to those set up by the Government precisely to accompany the work of preparation.”
“The Church has to do the more specific preparatory work concerning the essential aspect of the Pope's visit,” the Italian-born Archbishop further said.
The March 31 meeting brought together DRC’s Prime Minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, Archbishop Balestrero, and representatives of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Minister of Communication and Media in DRC highlighted the objective of the preparatory session.
“You remember that a few days ago the Prime Minister, alongside the Apostolic Nuncio and the entire hierarchy of Cenco, announced this great event, namely the arrival of the Pope. Since then, many things have been done on both sides, whether at the level of the Church or the Government,” Patrick Muyaya said.
The government spokesperson further said, in reference to the meeting, “Today, we have agreed to work more closely to see to what extent we provide the organization that the Pope's visit deserves.”
“Following this meeting, the Prime Minister wrote to all of us, members of the Government, to inform us of the establishment of the commissions,” he said.
Mr. Muyaya further said the Prime Minister instructed the sectors concerned to prepare the roadmaps, which will serve as a guideline for each targeted sector.
“At the level of communication, at the level of logistics, of stewardship, at the level of finances and today was therefore like a first meeting since that meeting. Commissions will be set up,” he said.