- May 25, 2020
Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya has declared he is not a candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There is no room for fear in the life of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo. Monsengwo’s condemnation of the current regime has put him in a dangerous position, but he says he takes measures to stay safe.
A murder of a priest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is raising tensions between the government and the Catholic Church, which has led efforts to get President Joseph Kabila not to seek another term as president of the central African country.
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.
Congo’s president held a rare press conference Friday in response to international condemnation of the violent treatment of Catholic Church members and activists protesting his prolonged stay in power.
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested ten priests and two nuns in the aftermath of Sunday’s protests against President Joseph Kabila.