Arrival of the Pope: three days of prayer in Catholic parishes

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Kinshasa, January 24th, 2023 (CPA) – Three days of prayer have been decreed in Catholic parishes to mark the trip of Pope Francis to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, CPA learnt Tuesday.

 « We have invited our faithful to a Triduum of prayer (in three days) which will start from 26 to 28 January, from 5pm to 7pm. It is a highly symbolic number, like the three days it took Jesus Christ for his resurrection, like the three persons of the trinity, » said the parish priest of St. John the Baptist of Bumbu, Father Rigobert Muyuka.

« On Wednesday 1 February, the day of the Mass that the Holy Father will celebrate, the faithful of St John the Baptist will be in Ndolo before 7am so as not to disrupt the programme. Those who have been selected for a special service will be given badges. However, other parishioners will not have buttons because entry to Ndolo is free and all Christians are invited to attend the mass. It’s not just for Catholics, » said the parish priest.

The Catholic parish of St John the Baptist in Bumbu is part of the St Anthony of Padua deanery. The parishioners will go to the Triumphal Boulevard to applaud the Pope’s visit, each one carrying a flag bearing the Pope’s effigy, which is sold at the parish for 1,000 FC each.

« We have mobilised our faithful to welcome the Holy Father in a state of prayer so that this papal visit can take place in peace. Our preparations had begun with masses and intense prayers organised in particular at the level of our ecclesiastical groups and in our Evangelical Communities of Bass (C.E.V.B) », declared the parish priest of Christ the King, Patrice Ikalaba.