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#254 – The Congolese Rite

From the earliest days of the Church, Catholics have sought how to best express the eternal truths of the faith in their own distinctive cultural experience. While the Catholic faith came to the Democratic Republic of the Congo through European missionaries, the Congolese people have sought liturgical expressions which come from the Spirit that truly dwells among them.

Photos of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrating the Congolese Rite.
Videos of Congolese worship can be found here, here, and here.
Photo of Lubumbashi Cathedral in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Nick Hobgood

Other sources:
Egbulem, O.P., Chris Nwaka. “An African Interpretation of Liturgical Inculturation”. A Promise of Presence. Edited by Michael Downey and Richard Fragomeni. 1992. pp. 227-259.

Egbulem, O. P, Christ Nwaka. The Power of Africentric Celebrations. Inspirations from the Zairean Liturgy. 1996.

Tovey, Philip. Inculturation of Christian Worship: Exploring the Eucharist. 2004.

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