The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s leading prelate appealed for calm and for respect for the constitution after talks between supporters and opponents of President Joseph Kabila reached an impasse.
Kabila, the nation’s ruler since 2001, has stayed in office beyond
his constitutional mandate and has declined to call new elections.
nation’s episcopal conference is acting as a mediator to end the crisis.
In his Christmas homily, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of
Kinshasa, a member of the Pope’s nine-member Council of Cardinal
Advisers, preached on the Gospel of Christmas before turning to the
nation’s political situation.
“The peace of Christmas excludes assassinations, killings, violence,”
Cardinal Monsengwo preached. “It involves justice, love, truth … one
who respects the constitution has nothing to fear from justice. Those
whose rights are violated sense they are protected by the same