Monsignor Joseph Albert Malula, Archbishop of Kinshasa, has celebrated his first Mass in his own country since he was installed Cardinal on April 28.
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Background: Monsignor Joseph Albert Malula, Archbishop of Kinshasa, has celebrated his first Mass in his own country since he was installed Cardinal on April 28. The event was an open-air Mass, attended by the Head of State, President Joseph Mobutu, in the Tata Raphael Stadium.
Cardinal Malula returned to Kinshasa last week after his installation in Rome as the first Congolese Cardinal.
At his first Mass, Cardinal Malula had seven archbishops and bishops as concelebrants.
After paying tribute to President Mobutu as the restorer of public order, the Cardinal praised the success of the missionary tasks carried out in the country.
A big attendance of spiritual heads of Kinshasa's parishes assisted with Holy Communion for the vast congregation, which turned the open-air Mass into one of the biggest religious gatherings the Congo has seen for many years.
After the Mass, Cardinal Malula walked in procession with a big party of church and State dignitaries.