AFRICA/D.R. CONGO - The Bishop of Boma invites prayers for newly ordained deacons and priests to be "good Samaritans"

Thursday, 21 July 2022 ordinations   priests   local churches  

Boma (Agenzia Fides) - "The Church with which you are committed, and which you want to serve, is like an inn of Christ; a place of hospitality, healing and communion. Be careful not to turn it into an inn for bandits or thieves to rob, extort, exploit, mistreat and harm the people of God, your brothers and sisters, to whom, on the contrary, you should be close. This is the exhortation of Monsignor José-Claude Mbimbi, Bishop of the Diocese of Boma, to the 3 priests and 9 deacons that he ordained on Sunday, July 10, 2022, in Kangu (northwest of the province of Kongo Central, Democratic Republic of the Congo). On this occasion, the Bishop of Boma invited the assembly to pray for these priests and deacons who were ordained, so that "they may be good Samaritans at the service of the people of God, and not corrupt mercenaries, profiteers without shame or scruples, who exploit naive people with expensive prayers and blessings; traffickers of the sacred, charlatans, even adventurers or simply bandits".
The territory inhabited by the "Family Church of God" in Boma began its evangelization in 1880, and became an apostolic vicariate in 1934 and a diocese in 1959. For this reason, it is considered the "first-born daughter" of the Church of the Republic Democratic of the Congo. It is one of the dioceses in Africa with a very high number of priests: in addition to the many missionaries in the area, the diocese of Boma currently has 333 priests. (P.B.) (Agenzia Fides, 21/7/2022)