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Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Kinshasa

Congo-Kinshasa Congo-Kinshasa

Continent: Eastern and Central Africa

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese

Area: 8,500 km²

Population: 7,118,000 Catholics (55.0% of 12,940,000 total) (2018)

Statistics: 158 parishes, 98 missions, 1,196 priests (226 diocesan, 970 religious), 2,749 lay religious (1,721 brothers, 1,028 sisters), 119 seminarians (2018)

Suffragan Sees: Boma, Idiofa, Inongo, Kenge, Kikwit, Kisantu, Matadi, Popokabaka

Depends on: Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

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History

Papal Visits


Special Churches


Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop (2018.11.01 – ...):Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (61)Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (61)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Gabriele Arcangelo all’Acqua Traversa

Apostolic Administrator of Kisantu (Congo-Kinshasa)

Member of Council of Cardinals to assist in the governance of the Universal Church and to reform the Roman Curia

Vice-President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo

Auxiliary Bishop (1999.10.29 – ...):Bishop Édouard Kisonga Ndinga, S.S.S. (75)Bishop Édouard Kisonga Ndinga, S.S.S. (75)

Titular Bishop of Grumentum

Auxiliary Bishop (2020.06.29 – ...):Bishop Jean-Crispin Kimbeni Ki Kanda (51)Bishop Jean-Crispin Kimbeni Ki Kanda (51)

Titular Bishop of Dragonara

Auxiliary Bishop (2020.06.29 – ...):Bishop Charles Ndaka Salabisala (48)Bishop Charles Ndaka Salabisala (48)

Titular Bishop of Liberalia

Auxiliary Bishop (2020.06.29 – ...):Bishop Vincent Tshomba Shamba Kotsho (58)Bishop Vincent Tshomba Shamba Kotsho (58)

Titular Bishop of Œscus

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Kinshasa (Roman Rite)

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (61)Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (61)Permalink
(2018.11.01 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Gabriele Arcangelo all’Acqua Traversa
Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa)
Apostolic Administrator of Kisantu (Congo-Kinshasa)
Member of Council of Cardinals to assist in the governance of the Universal Church and to reform the Roman Curia
Vice-President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo

Les grâces du Seigneur sont avec nous

Born:1960.01.24 (Boto, Congo-Kinshasa)
Ordained Priest:1988.08.14
Consecrated Bishop:2005.03.06
Created Cardinal:2019.10.05

Bishop of Bokungu–Ikela (Congo-Kinshasa) (2004.11.22 – 2016.11.12)

Apostolic Administrator of Kole (Congo-Kinshasa) (2008.10.30 – 2015.05.06)

Apostolic Administrator of Mbandaka–Bikoro (Congo-Kinshasa) (2016.03.05 – 2016.11.12)

Vice-President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo (2016.06.24 – ...)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mbandaka–Bikoro (Congo-Kinshasa) (2016.11.12 – 2018.02.06)

Apostolic Administrator of Bokungu–Ikela (Congo-Kinshasa) (2016.11.12 – 2018.02.06)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa) (2018.02.06 – 2018.11.01)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa) (2018.11.01 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Gabriele Arcangelo all’Acqua Traversa (2019.10.05 – ...)

Member of Council of Cardinals to assist in the governance of the Universal Church and to reform the Roman Curia (2020.10.15 – ...)

Apostolic Administrator of Kisantu (Congo-Kinshasa) (2020.11.23 – ...)

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (81)Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (81)Permalink
(2007.12.06 – 2018.11.01)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria «Regina Pacis» in Ostia mare
Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa)

In fide veritatis

Born:1939.10.07 (Mongobele, Congo-Kinshasa)
Ordained Priest:1963.12.21
Consecrated Bishop:1980.05.04
Created Cardinal:2010.11.20

Auxiliary Bishop of Inongo (Congo-Kinshasa) (1980.02.13 – 1981.04.07)

Titular Bishop of Aquæ novæ in Proconsulari (1980.02.13 – 1988.09.01)

Auxiliary Bishop of Kisangani (Congo-Kinshasa) (1981.04.07 – 1988.09.01)

President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo (1984 – 1992)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kisangani (Congo-Kinshasa) (1988.09.01 – 2007.12.06)

President of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (1997 – 2003)

President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo (2004.07 – 2008)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa) (2007.12.06 – 2018.11.01)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria «Regina Pacis» in Ostia mare (2010.11.20 [2011.01.22] – ...)

Member of Council of Cardinals to assist in the governance of the Universal Church and to reform the Roman Curia (2013.04.13 – 2018.10)

Cardinal Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, C.I.C.M.Permalink
(1990.07.07 – 2007.01.06)

Un seul cœur, un seul esprit

Born:1930.12.03 (Mazalaga, Congo-Kinshasa)
Ordained Priest:1958.07.13
Consecrated Bishop:1976.11.07
Created Cardinal:1991.06.28
Died:2007.01.06 (Louvain, Belgium † 76)

Titular Archbishop of Menefessi (1976.07.08 – 1977.11.11)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Mbandaka–Bikoro (Congo-Kinshasa) (1976.07.08 – 1977.11.11)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mbandaka–Bikoro (Congo-Kinshasa) (1977.11.11 – 1990.07.07)

Apostolic Administrator of Mbandaka–Bikoro (Congo-Kinshasa) (1990.07.07 – 1991.10.11)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa) (1990.07.07 – 2007.01.06)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Lucia a Piazza d’Armi (1991.06.28 – 2007.01.06)

President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo (2000 – 2004)

Cardinal Joseph Albert MalulaPermalink
(1966.05.30 – 1989.06.14)

In caritate

Born:1917.12.12 (Léopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa)
Ordained Priest:1936.06.09
Consecrated Bishop:1959.09.20
Created Cardinal:1969.04.28
Died:1989.06.14 (Louvain, Belgium † 71)

Titular Bishop of Attanasus (1959.07.18 – 1964.07.07)

Auxiliary Bishop of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1959.07.18 – 1964.07.07)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1964.07.07 – 1966.05.30)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo-Kinshasa) (1966.05.30 – 1989.06.14)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica (1969.04.30 – 1989.06.14)

President of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (1984 – 1987)

Metropolitan Archbishops of Léopoldville (Roman Rite)

Archbishop Joseph Albert Malula (later Cardinal)Permalink
(1964.07.07 – 1966.05.30)

(see above)

Archbishop Félix Scalais, C.I.C.M.Permalink
(1959.11.10 – 1964.07.07)

Born:1904.12.06 (Belgium)
Ordained Priest:1930.08.17
Consecrated Bishop:1953.09.21
Died:1967.08.17 († 62)

Titular Bishop of Casius (1953.06.29 – 1959.11.10)

Vicar Apostolic of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1953.06.29 – 1959.11.10)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1959.11.10 – 1964.07.07)

President of National Episcopal Conference of Congo (1963 – 1964)

Titular Archbishop of Aquæ in Numidia (1964.07.07 – 1967.08.17)

Vicars Apostolic of Léopoldville (Roman Rite)

Bishop Félix Scalais, C.I.C.M. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1953.06.29 – 1959.11.10)

(see above)

Bishop Giorgio Six, C.I.C.M.Permalink
(1934.02.26 – 1952.11.24)

Born:1887.10.20
Ordained Priest:1913.07.20
Consecrated Bishop:1934.05.14
Died:1952.11.24 († 65)

Titular Bishop of Baliana (1934.02.26 – 1952.11.24)

Vicar Apostolic of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1934.02.26 – 1952.11.24)

Bishop Natale de Cleene, C.I.M.Permalink
(1926.03.04 – 1932.07.20)

Born:1870.02.15 (Belgium)
Ordained Priest:1892.12.18
Consecrated Bishop:1925.02.24
Died:1942.10.07 († 72)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1924.12.18 – 1926.03.04)

Titular Bishop of Usula (1924.12.18 – 1942.10.07)

Vicar Apostolic of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1926.03.04 – 1932.07.20)

Bishop Camille Van Ronslé, C.I.C.M.Permalink
(1919.04.03 – 1926.03.04)

Born:1862.09.18 (Belgium)
Ordained Priest:1886.12.18
Consecrated Bishop:1897.02.24
Died:1938.11.14 († 76)

Vicar Apostolic of Congo Belge (Congo-Kinshasa) (1896.06.05 – 1919.04.03)

Titular Bishop of Tymbrias (1896.06.05 – 1938.11.14)

Vicar Apostolic of Léopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa) (1919.04.03 – 1926.03.04)

Vicars Apostolic of Congo Belge (Roman Rite)

Bishop Camille Van Ronslé, C.I.C.M.Permalink
(1896.06.05 – 1919.04.03)

(see above)

Former Prelates


as of 2021.06.01

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