The leader of Catholic Church in Congo warned young people during a Palm Sunday Mass against being manipulated by politicians and advised them to take the country’s destiny into their own hands, United Nations radio broadcasting in the central African nation reported.
Urging young people to take responsibility for the country’s history and its future, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo of Kinshasa called on young men in particular to resist being recruited by “failed” politicians to join militia groups, which in turn unleash terror on civilians by attacking villages, looting property and raping women.
“Young people in Kinshasa, the future of the country is in your hands. The future of the country belongs to you,” Cardinal Monsengwo said during the 25th March Mass attended by thousands of youth and young adults at Tata Raphael Stadium.
“Certainly, you have the right to blame the elders and politicians for sacrificing your generation,” he continued. “You are right to blame the politicians and the ruling class of our country for failing. But what do you intend to do to straighten the bar? The country needs you in the sectors of political, economic, social and cultural, religious life. Are you ready to take charge of the destinies of the nation and to assume your responsibilities?”
Picture: A boy looks through a fence inside of Notre Dame Cathedral compound on 25th February in Kinshasa, Congo. (CNS photo/Goran Tomasevic, Reuters).