Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya will turn 74 years old on October 7. The Pope chose him as Africa's delegate to the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise him on reform of the Curia and governance of the Church.
Cardinal Monsengwo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1939. He belongs to the Basakata royal family, and his second name means "grandson of a tribal chief.”
He is well known within the Church in Africa for promoting human rights, during the dictatorship of Mobuto Sese Seko.
The Cardinal presided the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, as well as Pax Christi International, a catholic movement that promotes peace in conflict zones.
Since 2007, he has served as the archbishop of Kinshasa, and in 2010 he was made a Cardinal. In 2012, the Congolese prelate led the spiritual exercises for Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia. He also took part in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.