Archbishop Nicolas Djomo, bishop of Tshumbe (Kasai Oriental), was elected president of the National Conference of Bishops of Congo (CENCO) during the forty-third meeting of the Catholic Bishops of the DRC held from July 07 to July 11, 2008 at The Interdiocesan Centre in the district of Gombe in Kinshasa.
Bishop Djomo replaces Monsignor Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, the Archbishop of Kinshasa. He will assume his new position in the coming days. Bishop Joseph Banga, Bishop of Buta (Oriental Province), Abbot Donatien Nshole Babula (priest of the Diocese of Inongo (Bandundu) and Abbot Félicien Mwanama Galumbulula (priest of the Diocese of Luiza) were also respectevilly elected to the posts of Vice-President of the CENCO, first Deputy Secretary-General and second deputy Secretary-General.
The CENCO, established with the approval of the Holy See, is a group in which Congolese prelates meet to jointly promote the benefits that faith offers to men. They do this according to the Second Vatican Council's Decree "Christus Dominus" on the Pastoral Office of Bishops.
The Plenary Session is the main body of the CENCO. All Bishops responsible for a diocese are de facto members as well as coadjutor and auxiliary bishops. The Permanent Committee on the other end, is in charge of enforcement and monitoring of the CENCO, it is comprised of archbishops, presidents of bihops' committees and the Cardinal. The last body of the CENCO is the Secretariat General.
Translated by CongoPlanet.com | Original article in French