Congo: Non-canonical community received into Russian Church’s Africa Exarchate

Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 1, 2022

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More than four dozen members of a non-canonical Orthodox group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were received into the Russian Orthodox Church’s African Exarchate last week.

After the Exarchate received several communities in the Central African Republic that previously made up the non-canonical “Byzantine Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople” in July, a community from the DR Congo also appealed to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to be received into the Russian Church, reports the African Exarchate.

Last Thursday, October 27, Fr. George Maximov, chairman of the Exarchate’s Missionary Department, officiated the reception of 50 members of the community, while about 100 more were enrolled as catechumens in preparation for Holy Baptism.

The leader of the community, “Bishop” Cleonik Madudu, and the other “clergy” were received as laymen.

Fr. George celebrated the Divine Liturgy the next day in the capital city of Kinshasa, after which two more Exarchate priests were given antimens and liturgical vessels from the Russian Church.

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