Congo archbishop urges peace at Christmas Eve midnight mass
An appeal for peace during Congo’s tense, volatile election period was issued at a Christmas Eve midnight mass in Kinshasa.
The newly appointed Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo called on President Joseph Kabila’s government to hold the elections on Dec. 30, as announced last week.
Cheers greeted his homily at the Notre Dame Cathedral of Kinshasa.
“In this critical period in the history of our country, I invite each of you to have a sense of responsibility, and to embrace nonviolence, so we may make it through December 30, 2018, that elections happen in peace and truth,” said Ambongo.
Congo’s Catholic church has a been a longtime supporter of democracy in the country and has urged Kabila to hold elections, which have been postponed for two years.