Butembo-Beni, 25 September, 2023 / 6:38 pm (ACI Africa).
Novices at St. Luke Inter-Novitiate in Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been urged to guard themselves against the negative effects of globalization.
Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Congolese Catholic Diocese made the appeal on September 23 during Holy Mass to launch the Novitiate’s Canonical Year.
“We must avoid what is worldly,” Bishop Paluku said, and added, “The Pope invites us to guard against (the negative effects of) globalization.”
The Congolese Catholic Bishop explained, “If you want to be consecrated people, you can't be, act and do like everyone else.”
He emphasized the identity of women and men Religious, saying, “To be consecrated is to be set apart, to be able to go against the grain of fashion, of ways of thinking, acting and being. Why is this so? Because modernity is the devil's own name.”