Collection: Kongo Madonna

ARTIST: Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS


In 1491, King Nzinga of the Kongo Kingdom converted to Roman Catholicism, taking the Christian name João, after coming into contact with Portuguese colonial explorers. The conversion facilitated trade with the Portuguese and increased the status of the Kongo Kingdom in the eyes of European states.

Of a population of approximately 71 million, there are about 35 million Catholics in the country, representing about half of the total population There are six archdioceses and 41 dioceses.