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Congo cardinal to preach Lenten Retreat at Vatican

February 09, 2012

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to preach the annual Lenten Retreat for the Roman Curia.

The African cardinal, who received his red hat from Pope Benedict in November 2010, has been deeply involved in efforts to secure a lasting peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been Archbishop of Kinshasa, the capital city, since 2008, having previously served 20 years as Archbishop of Kisangani.

Cardinal Monsengwo is the 2nd African cardinal asked by Pope Benedict to lead the annual Lenten exercises. Cardinal Francis Arinze, the retired prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, preached the retreat in 2009.


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