2 January 2013

Angola: Inauguration of Tocoista Cathedral Marks Religious Matters in 2012

Luanda — The inauguration of the Cathedral of Our Lord Jesus Christ Church in the World (Tocoista), on August 17, hand over of Black Race trophy to the bishop of this religious congregation by a Brazilian non-governmental organization on 19 November and the election of new Secretary General of the Council of Christian Churches in Angola (CICA) were the main highlights on religious field in 2012.

Inaugurated by Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva on behalf of the Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, the modern architecture cathedral has the capacity to accommodate approximately 21,000 sitting faithful.

Speaking on the inauguration of the cathedral, the culture minister said the Tocoismo is affiliated in the line of messianic movements which in the case of Angola gave the first signs in the eighteenth century in the ancient Kingdom of Congo.

According to the minister, her presence at the ceremony in representation of the President is a clear evidence of the good relations the Angolan Government enjoys with the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the world led by Bishop Afonso Nunes.

Highlight went also to the activities undertaken by the Church in the past year on the reception of the Black Race Trophy by the Bishop Afonso Nunes, in the church's role to awakening the conscious to fight for independence of African countries.

However on 7 December, the Council of Christian Churches in Angola (CICA) has elected a new general secretary, Rev. Deolinda Teca, replacing the Rev. Luis Nguimbi.

Apart from these actions stress goes to the work done in helping to retrieve the civic and moral values and the preservation of peace in Angola.

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