Our Lady of the Congo Cathedral

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Our Lady of the Congo Cathedral
Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Congo
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
DioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa
Bishop(s)Fridolin Ambongo Besungu

The Our Lady of the Congo Cathedral[1] (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Congo)[2] or simply Cathedral of Kinshasa, is the name given to a religious building of the Catholic Church located in the Liberation Avenue (formerly also called November 24 Avenue) in the city of Kinshasa,[3] the capital and largest city of the African country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The building was built in 1947 when the country was still under colonial rule of Belgium, who called the area "Belgian Congo". During the government of Mobutu the church it was also called "Cathedral of Our Lady of Lingwala" for the place where the temple is located, since both names coexist.[4]

The temple follows the Roman or Latin rite and functions as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kinshasa (Archidioecesis Kinshasana) which was created in 1959 by the Bull "Cum parvulum" of the Pope John XXIII.

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  1. ^ "Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Congo, Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo-Kinshasa". www.gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  2. ^ Kalunzu, Jean-Baptiste Malenge (2010-04-02). Prêtre dans la rue (in French). Baobab.
  3. ^ Mbwankiem, Jean-Claude N. (2014-02-12). Vincent-Robert Mbwankiem: Le paradigme politique (in French). Société des Ecrivains. ISBN 9782342019728.
  4. ^ Collectif; Auzias, Dominique; Labourdette, Jean-Paul (2015-06-02). Congo RDC 2015 (avec cartes, photos + avis des lecteurs) (in French). Petit Futé. ISBN 9782746987203.

Coordinates: 4°19′25.8″S 15°17′40.0″E / 4.323833°S 15.294444°E / -4.323833; 15.294444