Cardinal Who Spearheaded Democratic Process in DR Congo Dies at Age 81| National Catholic Register

KINSHASHA, D.R.C. — Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, who championed human rights, freedom, and greater democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has died at the age of 81. The death of the Congolese cardinal was confirmed by his successor as archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu. “It is with profound sorrow that I announce to the community of Catholic Christians and all people of goodwill the death of Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo this Sunday, July 11 at Versailles in France,” Ambongo tweeted. “Let us intensify our prayers for this eternal rest with God He served.”  The DRC is a country of almost 87 million people bordered by the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola. There are an estimated 35 million Catholics, making it the country with the sixth-largest Catholic population in the world. Cardinal Monsengwo led the archdiocese of Kinshasa from 2008 until his retirement in November 2018 at the age of 79. The archdiocese serves more than seven million Catholics. 

Cardinal Who Spearheaded Democratic Process in DR Congo Dies at Age 81| National Catholic Register

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