Thanksgiving mass to mark 40th Anniversary of Freedom Coup

On 3rd August, the bishops of Mongomo, Malabo and Evinayong oversaw a mass to mark the 40th Anniversary of the freedom Coup, which was attended by the presidential couple, together with other Government figures.

let us pray to ask God for peace, prosperity and to be filled with his mercy”was how the mass was begun by the Bishop of Mongomo, Monsignor Juan Domingo Beka Esono, on Armed Forces Day, celebrated at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

The thanksgiving mass was attended by the head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Mangue de Obiang, presidents of national institutions, members of the Government, the diplomatic corps and heads of international bodies and chiefs from the national armed forces, among others.

During the homily, Monsignor Juan Domingo Beka Esono said that the 3rd August would always be remembered in the history of our country, with the merit of rescuing our people, which brought fresh breath to all places in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, with the first task facing the first Government of the Supreme Council being the recovery of a national identity through the moralisation of public life, the promotion of values and principles, among others.

When we are celebration the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom Coup, it is possible to assert that we are responsible for the state of our nation, we know where we have come from, who we are today, and out future demands greater capacity to better serve our Nation”,continued the bishop, during the religious celebration.

After congratulating everyone for the 3rd August, the Bishop of Mongomo also said prayers to Almighty God for the country and for the Armed Forces that maintained security and peace. During the holy mass they sang the National Anthem of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

The events marking the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom Coup come to a close on Sunday 4th August, with a requiem mass in memory of those who lost their lives during the national rescue operation, on 3rd August 1979.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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