.- The laity is âthe pillar of the Church in Africaâ and they must work as âagents of reconciliationâ between the numerous ethnic groups, said a priest and educator in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fr. Jean Makaya catechists in Congo must be âagents of reconciliationâ between the numerous ethnic groups in the country. He is the director of the Kinshasa-based Institut SupÃ©rieur des Sciences RÃ©ligieuses (Institute for the Religious Sciences).
âWe are all children of God. So, we must work for peace and forgiveness,â he told Aid to the Church in Need during a recent visit to Germany. He visited the international Catholic charityâs head office and sought support for his school in the form of books and scholarships.
With a view to sects that are active in the country, Fr. Makaya said: âMany people speak about Jesus Christ, but do not understand who He is. We, therefore, must present the true Christ to them.â
In order to do this, the priest stressed the need for a âsolid formationâ of catechists.
The institute is a state-recognized institution, founded in 1969. Currently, it has about 40 students.