Lubumbashi, 10 March, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the military invasion of the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Catholic Archbishop’s residence in the country’s Lubumbashi Archdiocese.
On February 24, heavily armed soldiers reportedly stormed the residence of the Archbishop of Lubumbashi, Fulgence Muteba Mugalu, ransacking the Archbishop’s residence and the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.
In a statement issued Friday, March 10, members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) say they are “following with great attention and indignation the sad events that occurred in the Archdiocese of Lubumbashi.”
They make reference to a March 6 memorandum of Archbishop Muteba to the authorities, saying, “The publication of the memorandum of His Excellency Monsignor Fulgence Muteba addressed to the public authorities and the Institutions of the Republic, enlightened both national and international opinion on the events of that day.”
“The gravity of the acts perpetrated by heavily armed men claiming to be members of the Republican Guard who unexpectedly invaded the Archbishop's residence and the Cathedral constitute a flagrant violation of the Framework Agreement between the Holy See and the DR Congo on matters of common interest, signed on 16 May 2020,” CENCO members say in their statement.