Key DR Congo Catholic figure retires

Key DR Congo Catholic figure retires

Key DR Congo Catholic figure retires

One of the dominant opposition figures in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo, has stepped down as head of the Catholic Church in the country.

The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of the 79-year-old as Archbishop of Kinshasa.

The move comes just weeks before key elections to replace President Joseph Kabila.

For many years, the Church led by Archbishop Mosengwo was a thorn in the side of the Kabila government, which it accused of corruption and fomenting conflict that killed millions and ensured mass poverty.

Two decades ago, he played a key role in the transition process that followed the collapse of President Mobutu’s tyrannical rule.

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