17 November 2003

Angola: President Receives 'Simão Kimbango' Church Leader

Luanda — Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, analysed on Monday, here, with the top leader of the "Simão Kimbango" church, Simon Kimbango Kiangani, issues concerning the functioning of this congregation in Angola.

Simon Kimbango Kiangani arrived in the Angolan capital (Luanda) last Sunday for a three-day working visit "Aiming at resolving some leardership problems" in his church, in the country.

Speaking to journalists, at the end of the audience of about 30 minutes, Simon Kiangani also said that he took the opportunity to inform President José Eduardo dos Santos that the new senior representative of the Kimbango church, in Angola, is Miguel Nunes.

Henceforth, he added, Miguel Nunes will work together with the Angolan Government, and one of the first tasks will be to carry out a census to know the official number of "Kimbango" believers in Angola.

The Angolan Ministry of Justice has already approved the statutes of this religious congregation which is also called the Church of Jesus Christ On Earth.

It is a non-profit institution which was created on 6 April 1921, in Nkamba, Democratic Republic of Congo. It has representatives in several of Angola's provinces, districts, communes and others.

The basis of this church is the study of the Bible, considered by them as "The fundamental book for religious education".

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