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Congo-Brazzaville: Bishops evaluate and offer guidance to episcopal commissions

Bishops in the Republic of Congo, over the weekend, concluded their first Plenary Assembly for 2024. The Plenary was held in the capital, Brazzaville. During the report sessions, they evaluated various pastoral projects and received reports on the activities of the Episcopal Commisions and Church institutions.

Severin Moussavou – Brazzaville

Participating in some of the sessions were the General Secretary, coordinators of the episcopal commissions and rectors of major seminaries. Also present was the vice president of the Council for laity (CNALC) in Congo-Brazzaville.

Assessing the past and looking to the future            

Fr Vivien Carol Etouolo, the General Secretary, as head of the Catholic Secretariat, which ensures the coordination and cohesion of the work of the Bishops’ Conference began by reviewing recommendations of the previous plenary of April 2023 and highlighted what had been done so far.

In his address, Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika of Brazzaville, President of the Congo Bishops’ Conference, expressed satisfaction and gratitude to Pope Francis, for the newly appointed Bishops in the country. He thanked the volunteer members of the various episcopal commissions, who, he said, work with dedication and selflessness. Nevertheless, he warned against complacency.

“Let us work in an orderly and disciplined manner in order to bring about qualitative change, and renewal for those we serve,” said Archbishop Manamika.

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