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Catholic Church in DR Congo

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo with President, Félix Tshisekedi. Credit: Presidency of the Republic of DRC

Amid Judicial Enquiry against Him, Cardinal Ambongo Meets DR Congo’s President to “shed light on various points”

May 18, 2024

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who is facing a judicial enquiry into allegations of “seditious behavior” that were leveled against him has said that his Thursday, May 16 meeting with the country’s President, Félix Tshisekedi, aimed at clarifying “various points”. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo confirmed President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Clergy, Laity in DR Congo Condemn Judicial Enquiry against Cardinal Ambongo as “shameful initiative”

May 2, 2024

The move to subject Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a judicial enquiry is a “shameful initiative”, the Clergy and Laity in the Central African nation have said. 

Credit: Catholic Diocese of Uvira

“Cause for joy”: Catholic Bishops in Bukavu Province on Planned Beatification of Four Martyrs in Uvira Diocese

Apr 17, 2024

The planned beatification of four Congolese martyrs, who include three members of Xaverian missionaries and a Priest, scheduled to take place on August 18 in the Catholic Diocese of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sparks joy, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB) have said.

Members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB). Credit: Radio Moto

Catholic Bishops in Bukavu Province, DR Congo Decry “endemic” Insecurity, Urge Government to Prioritize Citizens’ Safety

Apr 16, 2024

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are decrying insecurity in their Episcopal Sees.

Chancery of DR Congo’s Kinshasa Archdiocese Decries Sunday “degrading treatment” Cardinal Ambongo Suffered at Airport

Apr 15, 2024

The Chancery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried the “degrading treatment” that Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo suffered under officials at the N'djili International Airport.

Easter Message: Cardinal Ambongo Decries Insecurity, Says DR Congo “seriously ill, almost in a comatose state”

Apr 1, 2024

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has decried the persistent security challenge in country, and described the Central African nation as “seriously ill” and in coma.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Radio Moto

Live Your Priestly Lives “in favor of the needy”: Catholic Bishop of Butembo-Beni, DR Congo, to Priest at Chrism Mass

Mar 29, 2024

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has challenged Priests ministering in his Episcopal See to be pastors with the smell of the sheep they shepherd.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Death Penalty Degrading, “incompatible with the Gospel”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo

Mar 25, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the decision by the government of the Central African nation to lift a 2003 ban on the death penalty, saying it is a “degrading treatment” that is not in accordance with the Gospel.

Catholic Bishop of DR. Congo’s Kabinda Diocese Appointed Archbishop for Kananga

Mar 19, 2024

Pope Francis has transferred the Local Ordinary of Kabinda Diocese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the country’s Kananga Archdiocese, where he will serve as Archbishop.

A camp of displaced people spontaneously arises around Salesian work “Don Bosco Ngangi”. Credit: Salesian Missions

Humanitarian Situation in Eastern DR Congo “serious and risks getting worse”: Salesians

Mar 14, 2024

The situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where clashes between rebels and the military have intensified is “serious and risks getting worse”, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the country have said.

A poster announcing the March 10 Eucharistic Celebration and a march for peace amid persistent violence in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Br. Adolphe

Congolese Community in Rome Organizes March to St. Peter’s Square for Peace in DRC

Mar 7, 2024

The Congolese Chaplaincy in Rome has announced a Eucharistic Celebration and a march for peace amid persistent violence in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: CENCO

Catholic Archbishop Decries “distressing sights of misery” in DR Congo amid Insecurity

Mar 1, 2024

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has described as “distressing” the situation  of population that is lacking basic needs amid security challenges. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Kinshasa Archdiocese

Cardinal Ambongo Decries “shameless predation” of DR Congo’s Resources by Neighbours

Feb 29, 2024

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has condemned countries that neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for working in cahoots with multinationals to rob the country of its natural resources.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops Urge “whole Church to intensify prayers for peace” in Eastern DR Congo

Feb 21, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are appealing to the people of God in the Central African nation to show their solidarity with the inhabitants of the Eastern part of the country through intensified prayers. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo. Credit: ACI Africa

Use Lent to Examine Pastoral Structures with “clear, forward-looking vision”: DRC Cardinal

Feb 15, 2024

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called upon the people of God in his Metropolitan See to use the Lenten Season to examine pastoral “structures and infrastructures” in line with the theme of the Pastoral Year 2024.

A flooded neighborhood in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. Credit: Caritas Congo Asbl

Caritas Congo Appeals for Humanitarian Aid for Thousands “in dire need” after Floods

Feb 9, 2024

Officials of Caritas Congo Asbl, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), are appealing for humanitarian aid to reach out to thousands of people affected by deadly floods.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) comprising Catholic Bishops in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda. Credit: Radio Maria Bukavu

Catholic Bishops in Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda Advocate for “pilgrims of peace”

Jan 29, 2024

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) comprising Catholic Bishops in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda have reflected on the security situation in their respective countries and called upon the people of God to foster peace in their respective countries.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with President Félix Tshisekedi. Credit: Presidency of the Republic of DRC

“Our country is in danger, build a new Congo”: Catholic Bishops to Newly Elected Leaders

Jan 20, 2024

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) have called on new leaders elected following the 20 December 2023 general elections to “build a new Congo”, noting that the country is already riddled with many challenges.

Credit: Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI)

Fraud, Violence Undermined Voter Confidence: Bishops in DR Congo on General Elections

Jan 19, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have identified fraud and violence as incidents that undermined voter confidence in the country’s 20 December 2023 general elections.

Mons. Emmanuel Ngona Ngotsi. Credit: Radio Moto

Bishop-elect for DR Congo’s Wamba Diocese says Appointment “an enormous challenge”

Jan 19, 2024

The newly appointed Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of Wamba in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has described his January 17 appointment as “an enormous challenge.”