How the Congo Was Converted. Belgian Missionary Work in Central Africa
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How the Congo Was Converted. Belgian Missionary Work in Central Africa

(Valeer Neckebrouck) The Low Countries - 2002, № 10, pp. 105-111

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As early as 1651, a number of Flemish Capuchins were working as missionaries in the old Kingdom of Congo. In 1885, King Leopold II proclaimed the birth of the Congo Free State and was granted permission by the Belgian parliament to assume the Congolese crown. He was keen to ensure that, as far as possible, the missionaries in his territories should be exclusively Belgian. It was the beginning of massive involvement by the Belgian churches in Central Africa. The Church took care of education and medical care, and was also involved in other fields of social development and services. Today there are very few missionaries left in the Congo, but this means that the African Church now has the opportunity to stand on its own feet

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