It is one hundred years since Roman Catholicism re-established itself in Zaire.
GV Bishops and President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire walking to entrance of stadium in Kinshasa. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowd applaud as Bishops and President walk into stadium on red carpet. (3 SHOTS)
SV President acknowledges crown ad sits down.
SV & GV Pro???ession of bishops. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Cardinal Malula and procession with incense burner.
GV Crowd and bishop's procession inside stadium.
GV Bishops climb onto rostrum.
SV President Mobutu into crowd.
GV Crowd and President Mobutu listening to Cardinal Zoungrana. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: It is one hundred years since Roman Catholicism re-established itself in Zaire. To celebrate the occasion - a High Mass, attended by President Mobutu Sese Seko.
SYNOPSIS: The stage for the celebration was set in May, two months earlier, with a three-day visit by Pope John Paul the Second.
Zaire, headed by President Mobutu Sese Seko, is a strongly Roman Catholic country. Almost fifty percent off its population of some 25-million people are Catholic; the Protestant level is five percent. When Pope John Paul visited, he spoke of the autonomy of the Church in Africa, and urged it to remain unaffected by the corruption of some regimes.
During his tour, the Pontiff ordained eight new bishops for the Roman Catholic church in Africa; some of them to serve in Zaire. The Pope said then that their mission was to be both spiritual and moral.
This Mass on Tuesday (1 July) was a demonstration of the strength of the faith in the former belgian colony. It was staged only one day after President Mobutu and his government celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Zaire's independence from colonial rule. For fifteen of those years, Zaire has been led by Mr. Mobutu, who projects himself as both the patriarch and spiritual leader of the nation.