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Un Chemin des BéatitudesUn Chemin des Béatitudes: Monseigneur Christophe MUNZIHIRWA, Jésuite, Évêque et Martyr de la paix, by Dieudonné Mbiribindi, S.J. (Kinshasa: Éditions Loyola, 2017), 191 pages; ISBN: 9995127036.

Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, S.J. (1926-1996) was born at Kabare in South Kivu in today’s Democratic Republic of Congo. He joined the Jesuits there, later became bishop of Kasongo, and, in 1995, was made archbishop of Bukavu. He was brutally murdered a year later, on October 29, 1996, on account of his relentless defence of justice, peace, and human rights in the midst of a conflict that engulfed his region and country. “This meditation on the life and personality of Mzee Christopher Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, S.J., comes at the right time. This is not only because his ‘little brother’ in the Society of Jesus, Dieudonné Mbiribindi Bahati, presents it to us at the moment when the wish, expressed by many at the time of his death, was "one day to see the dossier for his beatification introduced,” but also, and perhaps especially, because this cause has now been introduced under the pontificate of Pope Francis, who, like him, is a Jesuit and a bishop. Mzee Christophe Munzihirwa was a religious, a Jesuit priest and a bishop according to the heart of Pope Francis,” says Fr. José Minaku, S.J., Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Central Africa (from his preface, freely translated from French).

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