|Birth: ||1927, Congo, Democratic Republic of |
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 1977, Congo, Democratic Republic of |
Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in the small village of Mfinkabitoungou which has since ceased to exist, Émile Biayenda was the son of a small farmer of the kňongó tradition. Receiving his elementary studies at Mpongala between 1935 and 1937 and successively at Kindamba's Catholic Mission from 1937 until 1942, he moved for further studies to Boundji's Catholic Mission, where he stayed till 1944 when he entered seminary in Brazzaville. Ordained priest there on October 26, 1958, he was named vicar of the Sainte Marie of Ouenzé Parish in August of the following year. Taking care of the construction of the Saint Jean de Vianney parish church in Mouléké between March 1962 and July 1965, he was subsequently named its curate. National chaplain of the Legion of Mary between 1960 and 1965, he was put under house arrest and innocently tortured along with two other presbyters for a few months after the named Marian movement seemed dangerous to some politicians but was eventually acquitted and freed. Sent to Lyon to further his studies, he obtained a doctorate in sociology and a licentiate in theology in 1969. Back in Brazzaville, he was appointed episcopal vicar for apostolic works and archdiocesan commissions of Brazzaville on February 18, 1970 and assigned as vicar at Holy Spirit Parish of Moungali. Appointed coadjutor to the see of Brazzaville with right of succession, Biayenda received his episcopal consecration with the titular archbishopric see of Garba on May 17, 1970 in Rome from Msgr. Sergio Pignedoli, secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Succeeding to the metropolitan see of Brazzaville on June 14, 1971, he was named president of the Episcopal Conference of Congo later that year. Pope Paul VI created him cardinal priest in the consistory of March 5, 1973 with the title of San Marco in Agro Lauretino, becoming thus the first cardinal from Congo. On March 23, 1977, the Cardinal was brutally assassinated in Brazzaville, victim of tribal rivalries. His remains are found interred inside cathedral of the city. His beatification process was opened on March 20, 1995.
Cathédrale du Sacré-Coeur de Brazzaville
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Biayenda, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
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