Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Encourage “strong sense of Eucharistic worship, devotion”

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) at the conclusion of the third National Eucharistic Congress. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are encouraging the people of God in the Central African nation to develop a “strong sense” of worship and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

In their Pastoral Letter published Tuesday, June 27, members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) say the call for Eucharistic worship and devotion is one of the important spiritual activities that Congolese people can engage in to continue living the fruits of the June 4-11 National Eucharistic Congress that was held under the theme, "Eucharist and Family".

“It is our sincere hope that all our Dioceses will develop a strong sense of Eucharistic worship and popular devotion, which will ensure the growth and promotion of our faith and our sacred liturgy,” CENCO members say.

They recommend that Catholic Dioceses in the country “promote the public procession of the Blessed Sacrament on the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus, Eucharistic adoration, visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the public Way of the Cross on Good Friday.”

CENCO members also urge the Congolese people to allow themselves to be maintained by the Holy Eucharist.


“We encourage all the faithful to live the Eucharist as the foundation of social and political commitment. Everyone who sincerely participates in the Eucharist must become broken bread for others and must commit themselves to a more just and fraternal world,” they say.

From the Holy Eucharist, the Catholic Bishops say, “comes the courage to denounce and fight every form of social injustice for a better world.”

They also urge consecrated persons in the country “to draw from the Eucharist the strength of love they need for their witness. For the Eucharist is the source and summit of their life and commitment in the Church and in society.”

In their statement titled, “Eucharist and Family, They Were Still Listening to the Word of God and Breaking Bread”, Catholic Bishops in DRC also call for the respect of the institution of marriage and the embracing of family values.

They go on to caution the Congolese people against “foreign ideologies” that negatively affect family and marriage institutions.

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“In the name of fidelity to our faith and to our authentic African culture, we launch a vibrant appeal to all members of our Church-Family of God in DR Congo to resist foreign ideologies tending to distort the splendor and beauty of the institution of marriage and the family,” CENCO members say.

They implore, “May the Christian family model itself on the Eucharist, allow itself to be nourished by it, draw from it all the energies it needs, and allow itself to be transformed by it.”

“Let parish priests encourage and accompany family ministry groups, and carefully organize appropriate catechesis on the sacramentals,” the Catholic Church leaders say and underscore the need to intensify Catechesis on the Eucharist and the family.

As a way of strengthening families, they say, “we encourage all Christian families to participate together in Eucharistic celebrations, especially on Sundays, as a family, to pass on the faith to their children and to be a true ‘domestic Church’”.

CENCO members also call upon Ministers of the Sacraments, especially those who confer the Sacraments of marriage and Eucharist, “to celebrate them with dignity and according to the rules required by the Holy Church.”


Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.