Kinshasa, 24 January, 2023 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The planned Papal visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) set to begin at the end of this month is an expression of Pope Francis’ thoughtfulness and solidarity with the people of God in the Central African nation, the Minister in charge of Communication and Media in the country has said.
Addressing journalists on Monday, January 23 on preparations for the January 31-February 3 Papal visit, Patrick Muyaya Katembwe said the visit is “historic because it is not common to receive a visit from the Holy Father. The last one was in 1985.”
“For us it is an event that will symbolize many things because you know that the Pope is closely following the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and he regularly speaks about the need for peace,” the DRC government spokesperson said.
He added, “The Holy Father prays for the Congolese people and the fact that he is being received in our country is quite a historic event, but also symbolic because the Pope's visit is also an expression of compassion.”
“It is also an expression of solidarity with the Congolese people who have long been battered by violence,” Minister Muyaya said, and added, “As a government, we are privileged to be here at this time and to organize the visit of the Pontiff.”