Kinshasa, 01 February, 2023 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is “a blessing” for the people of God in the Central African nation and an opportunity for them to renew their faith, a Catholic Nun has told ACI Africa.
Pope Francis arrived in Kinshasa on Tuesday, January 31 afternoon, the first leg of his Apostolic journey to DRC and South Sudan in what is the realization of his previously postponed trip to the two African nations that the Vatican confirmed on December 1.
After the official welcome of the Holy Father in DRC at Ndjili international airport in Kinshasa, a 15-minute welcome ceremony was conducted at the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa as had been outlined in the program and itinerary that the Vatican unveiled.
In a Tuesday, January 31 interview with ACI Africa, Sr. Rita Yamba Tadi said the Holy Father’s presence on Congolese soil will touch the hearts of many to seek reconciliation and peace.
“The presence of the Holy Father in our country is a blessing to the Congolese people,” the member of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) in Kinshasa said, adding that the Holy Father’s presence in DRC provides “an opportunity for us to renew our faith as the theme is ‘All Reconciled in Jesus Christ’ so this reconciliation calls for an inner renewal.”