Let’s Work Together for “a Congo more beautiful than before”: Cardinal to Congolese

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in DR Congo. Credit: CENCO

The Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling on the people of God in the Central African nation to join hands and facilitate the realization of a “beautiful” country, that goes beyond its negative history. 

In his message on the occasion of 63rd independence anniversary of DRC shared with ACI Africa on Tuesday, July 4, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo says the Congolese people marked the June 30 commemoration of the country’s accession to sovereignty “in somberness”.

"Let us, work towards the emergence of a Congo more beautiful than before," the Archbishop of DRC’s Kinshasa Archdiocese who doubles as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) says.

He adds, “I urge the sons and daughters of this beautiful country to stand hand in hand to face together the challenges of national unity and cohesion, the challenges of sustainable peace and development, and the challenge of safeguarding our national borders, the object of so much covetousness.”

The Eastern part of DRC has been experiencing violence for years, with the World Food Programme (WFP) reporting that 6.2 million people have fled their homes because of the crisis.


WFP says has further reported that 5.7 million people have been displaced in Ituri, South Kivu and North Kivu Provinces in Eastern DRC since March 2022.

In a June 22 statement, members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) expressed concern about “the persistence and worsening of insecurity.” 

Security challenges, alongside “the proliferation of armed groups, are of the utmost concern to us," CENCO members said.

They also lamented the emergence and expansion of the Mobondo militia operating in the Western part of the country, including the capital city, Kinshasa. 

In his Independence Day message, Cardinal Ambongo says DRC's current situation "should not be a source of despair" for the Congolese.

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