With the mercy of the All-Merciful God and the paternal wishes of His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, the Holy Archidiocese of Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon has issued a concise French-language Catechism textbook, which will be distributed free of charge to catechists for study on the Orthodox faith.
Remember that, during the 2nd Liturgical Seminar of the Clergy of the Holy Metropolis, on the subject “Great and Holy Week: Spiritual and Liturgical Life” (26-29 January 2020). His Eminence Panteleimon had announced his long-awaited decision regarding the establishment of a regular Seminar for Catechists of the Holy Metropolis, which will be attended by permanent catechists from every parish, compulsorily educated adults, spiritually mature Christians who have been baptized for years, who every four months will come to a meeting under their Archbishop at the See of the Holy Metropolis, in order to be trained and to receive similar theological texts for study, until the next meeting, where, after examination, they will receive new material.
At the same time, His Eminence the Metropolitan had announced that the Holy Metropolis would print a summary of the Orthodox faith, which the catechumens would study with the help of their catechists over the period of a year. a year.
The purpose of the project is the correct, systematic, responsible and unified catechism of those who come to the Orthodox faith, with the grace of God, throughout the spiritual jurisdiction of the Holy Metropolis, by consistently authorized persons, who will also receive continuous and methodical training.
In application of the above, the new Catechism textbook, entitled "I believe, the Symbol of the Orthodox Faith (Symbol of Nicaea-Constantinople)", is a concise and understandable analysis of the Creed (Theology, Christology, Spirituality, Ecclesiology, Eschatology), to introduce to those who freely come to Orthodoxy.
Their systematic catechism, as well as their systematic participation in the parish Bible study groups after baptism, will, by the Grace of God, contribute to the spiritual training and empowerment of the local Church's Orthodox faith.
In conclusion, the Holy Archidiocese of Congo-Brazzaville and its Archbishop express their gratitude to the Very Reverend Archimandrite Timothy Ntumba, Doctor of Theology, from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, for his valuable theological and translational contribution to the aforementioned edition.