- Jan 25, 2021
Congo’s new cardinal will use his position to highlight Africa’s problems, while also bringing a lifelong passion for human rights to the international stage, said Catholic associates.
Congo’s top archbishop on Saturday urged peace on the eve of the country’s long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to “light the country on fire.”
The newly installed head of one of Africa’s largest archdioceses will vigorously defend democracy and human rights, while also seeking to reconcile political opponents, said church officials in Congo.
The Catholic Church in Congo said emergency measures will remain indefinitely in place in parishes at risk of Ebola, and urged effective action against the disease by the government of President Joseph Kabila.
By naming Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu as the new coadjutor in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pope Francis is laying the groundwork for the eventual departure of 78-year-old Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, a living legend in African Catholicism.