Kinshasa, 26 June, 2021 / 7:14 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.
In their collective statement issued Monday, June 21, the members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) declare June 30 as the Day of Prayer for national cohesion and unity, saying the Congolese people are affected by political, economic, security and humanitarian challenges.
On the socio-economic status of the country, the Catholic Bishops are concerned about the fact that majority of the Congolese people are facing “extreme poverty.”
“There are a handful of compatriots who are getting rich in a scandalous way and without cause,” CENCO members say, and add, “We wonder whether this is not the result of corruption and misappropriation of public funds for personal gain.”
The way the “handful” Congolese are amassing wealth, the Bishops say, “also has a negative impact on national cohesion in so far as it further widens the gap between the rich and the poor.”