Kinshasa, 17 December, 2022 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are engaging citizens of the Central African nation to accord the Holy Father “a welcome worthy of his rank” during his Apostolic visit early next year.
In a statement issued Thursday, December 15, members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) highlight the importance of the Papal visit, which the Holy See Press office confirmed on December 1, unveiling the four-day program of the previously postponed trip that is to begin on January 31 in Kinshasa.
“We launch an urgent appeal to the faithful, to men and women of good will to remobilize to give the Pastor of the Universal Church, the Successor of the Apostle Peter, a welcome worthy of his rank,” Catholic Bishops in DRC say.
They note that “the meeting with the Pope is a moment of grace that requires a good spiritual preparation” and go on to invite all the faithful to “pray for this great ecclesial and national meeting.”
CENCO members further direct all Parishes and religious communities to recite the special prayer prepared for this intention “at the end of each Eucharistic celebration, until the end of the Holy Father's visit.”