Kinshasa, 15 November, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Ahead of the World Day of the Poor to be marked this year on November 19, the Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called for pastoral initiatives that are hinged on the needs of the poor.
In a message issued Monday, November 13, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo said, “It's good to keep our eyes open to see the reality of the world as well as that of our country in general and our city of Kinshasa in particular.”
“The contemporary challenge is to understand it, and to allow ourselves to be challenged by it. Otherwise, we will never be able to objectively assess the needs of the poor, and we will never be able to respond effectively and appropriately,” Cardinal Ambongo said.
He urged the people of God in his Episcopal See to embark on pastoral initiatives that “place concern for the poor at the heart of the life of our communities, our parishes, our deaneries and our Archdiocese.”
The member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap) urged the faithful to show love for the poor, and stand by them, saying “Let's walk with them, and support their hope. Let's seek together adequate responses that correspond to their real needs.”