The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. On Friday, October 18, 2019, a thanksgiving mass in memory of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny was held at the Saint Augustin Church in Yamoussoukro in the presence of President Henri Konan Bédié, members of the Houphouët-Boigny family and PDCI RDA militants. This Mass was led by Bishop Alexis Touably.
“Let us not speak of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny in the past tense, for a man of such greatness of soul can neither be of the past nor outdated. It is up to us to walk together on the paths he has traced out for us as the founding father of our nation,” he advised. He also stressed that “it is true that peace is a gift from God, but peace will not come to us from Heaven as a finished product, for peace is like a loincloth that we must weave together”.