Congolese pilgrimage sites related to history of Church
APA - Brazzaville (Congo)
The layout of the various pilgrimage sites for Catholics in Congo is related to the route taken by the Church in its implantation process in the country, the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Congo said.
Loango is a major pilgrimage place in the department of Kouilou (south) as Catholicism started there.
Linzolo in Pool department, south of Brazzaville, is another place of worship for the Catholic community.
The Saint Anne Basilica of Poto-Poto (north of Brazzaville), built in the 1940s and where Cardinal Emile Biyenda was executed, is another site visited by the faithful.
In other departments, pilgrimages are often held in churches or sites chosen for the occasion for their quietness.
The frequency of these faith appointments is linked to major events in the life of the Catholic Church of Congo.
The rituals are the same when the pilgrimage is linked to a historical date i.e. prayers and evocations.
Today, 91.2% of the 3.5 million Congolese people are Christians, 1.3% are Muslim and 2.7% for other religions, revealed statistics provided by Abbot Yombo, a historian at the Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church of Congo.