Lubumbashi

 

Places of Worship

The main religion of the country is Christianity, 60% of the Christian population are Catholic and 40% protestant.  The large Catholic Cathedral (pictured opposite) opposite the Governor’s office in the city centre is worth a visit with its impressive statue of Christ in copper hanging beyond the altar.

The Greek Orthodox Church on Ave Lumumba will leave any visitor spell bound by its ornate interior.  The large Jewish Synagogue is testament to the large Jewish community that was part of the original business community of the city.

Christian denominations of all kinds can be found in Lubumbashi.   The 3 largest being the Methodists, Pentecostals and Garanganze (Christian Brethren) who took their name from the original Kingdom covering this area which was ruled by Chief M’siri from his chiefdom at Bunkeya.  One of the original brethren missionaries Frederick Stanley Arnot was one of the first Europeans to arrive in the area in 1886 and build a positive relationship with Chief M’siri who was assassinated in 1891 by Lieutenant  Bodson of the Belgium military who were establishing King Leopold’s control over the area.  Many of these Churches have widespread medical, education and development programmes across Katanga.

Two English speaking services are held on Sunday mornings one Catholic and one Protestant Evangelical. We must not forget there is also an Anglican community in the city which is much smaller due to its more recent expansion in the area. Other religious groups of significance to be found in Lubumbashi include the Apostolic Church, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Church of the Prophet Branham as well as the Kimbanguists who follow the Congolese martyr and prophet Kimbangu.  There is a small percentage of Muslims in the city and Mosques can be found in the city centre and in the outskirts.  There is also a Hindu Temple.

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