Vatican City, 22 January, 2020 / 12:48 am (ACI Africa).
An Archbishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has welcomed the ratification of the framework agreement between the Holy See and his country that took place at the Vatican last week saying the initiative represents a new dawn of engagements “between the Catholic Church and the state.”
On Friday, January 17, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin and the President of DRC, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi “exchanged the instruments of ratification of the Framework Agreement between the Holy See and the Democratic Republic of Congo on matters of mutual interest, signed in the Vatican on 20 May 2016,” the Holy See’s Press Office reported.
In an interview with ACI Africa Tuesday, January 21, the President of the Episcopal Conference of DRC (CENCO), Archbishop Marcel Utembi of Kisangani Archdiocese who was present at the signing ceremony said that last week’s mutual Agreement “marks a new beginning in relations between the Catholic Church and the State.”
The ratified Agreement, the Congolese Archbishop also said, is also important for his compatriots “because of the involvement of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the social life of the population.”
Expressing his “great joy and satisfaction” about the ratified Agreement, the Congolese Prelate said the initiative serves to unite “the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Holy See, with regard to relations and areas of collaboration that should reign between these two States, these two institutions that are signatories to this framework agreement.”