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Catholic Church in DR Congo

Official logos for Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Realize Postponed Trip to Africa, Vatican Unveils Itinerary

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis is set to realize his postponed trip to two African countries early next year, officials of the Holy See have announced.

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

Salesians in DR Congo Seeking Humanitarian Aid to Deliver “desperately needed” Supplies

Nov 24, 2022

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are seeking humanitarian assistance to facilitate the delivery of supplies that they say are “desperately needed” by thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have escaped violence in the Eastern part of the country.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Rwanda and Burundi (ACOREB). Credit: CEPR

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda, Burundi Express Solidarity with the Congolese amid Insecurity

Nov 18, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda and Burundi have expressed their “solidarity and spiritual closeness” with the people of God in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid reports of persistent violent conflicts and deaths. 

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

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Decry “deterioration of security”, Call for Collective Action

Nov 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed concern about insecurity in the Central African nation and are calling for collective action to restore peace.

Bishop Placide Lubamba Ndjibu of the Catholic Bishop of Kasongo Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo “deeply concerned” about Rising Insecurity in Maniema Province

Nov 1, 2022

Bishop Placide Lubamba Ndjibu of the Catholic Bishop of Kasongo Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said he is “deeply concerned” about the rise in cases of violence in Maniema Province, a territory in his Episcopal See. 

Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Facilitate Teachers’ Salaries, Education of Needy Learners

Oct 31, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are facilitating the payment of salaries for teachers at Don Bosco Shasha in Mupfunya Shanga-Shasha village and the education of needy learners in the area that is part of Masisi Territory.

General audience with Pope Francis on 26 Oct0ber 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Condemns “the unacceptable assault” on Catholic Hospital in DR Congo

Oct 27, 2022

Pope Francis has condemned “the unacceptable assault” on the Catholic Mission hospital in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that resulted in the loss of seven lives, including that of a Catholic Nun.

Mons. Emile Mushosho Matabaro, appointed Bishop of DR Congo's Doruma-Dungu Diocese on 24 October 2022. Credit: CENCO

Apostolic Administrator of DR Congo’s Doruma-Dungu Diocese Appointed Diocesan Bishop

Oct 25, 2022

Mons. Emile Mushosho Matabaro who has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of Doruma-Dungu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since July 2021 has been appointed the Local Ordinary of the same Congolese Episcopal See. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in DRC. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Absence of state authority” Behind Persistent Inter-tribal Conflict in DR Congo: Cardinal

Oct 16, 2022

The persistent violent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke communities in Kwamouth territory in Western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been occasioned by the “absence of state authority”, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

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Salesian Sisters in Zambia Partner with UK Entity to Furnish Lusaka-based “City of Hope”

Sep 23, 2022

Members of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), also known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, have furnished their educational institution in Zambia, City of Hope, in partnership with Reuse Network (IRN), a UK-based entity that specializes in tackling “material poverty, isolation and inequality”.

Salesian home workers for street children participate in training session at “Don Bosco Ngangi. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Offer “a specialized course” to Staff on Serving Street Children

Sep 19, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Goma city have offered training to some 20 Salesian staff on how to reach out to street children.

Bishop Jean-Pierre Kwambamba Masi of Kenge Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Appeals for Peace, Reconciliation amid Inter-tribal Conflict

Sep 10, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Kenge Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has appealed for peace and reconciliation following violent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke in the territory covered by his Episcopal See.

Fr. Dr. Nicolas Cishugi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church in DR Congo Committed to Healing “mental wounds” from Violence: Priest

Sep 2, 2022

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is at the center of providing therapy to millions of locals who have developed deep wounds from internal conflicts to heal, a Congolese Catholic Priest who completed his own formation amid insecurity has told the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Switzerland.

Distribution of food and seeds to people in Adumi, DRC. Credit: Trócaire

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, Catholic Entity Highlights Partnerships in Africa

Aug 18, 2022

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) to be celebrated August 19, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire has reviewed humanitarian responses across the globe, including Africa.

Salesian Boscolac community provides education and social programs for 100 youth. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DRC Fostering Youth Talent in Art, Craft, Recreational, Religious activities

Aug 18, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are boosting the talents of dozens of young people through art and craft, recreational, and religious activities.

Late Fr. Godefroid Pembele Mandon. Credit: Vatican Media

Search for “suspects” in Murder of Catholic Priest in DR Congo Ongoing, Cousin Arrested

Aug 10, 2022

The search for those behind the shooting and killing of Fr. Godefroid Pembele Mandon in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ongoing, a security official in the country has said, and announced the arrest of some suspects who include a cousin of the late Catholic Priest.

Mons. Donatien Nshole, reading the message of members of the National Episcopla Conference of Congo (CENCO) on July 27 in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo “strongly condemn” Violent Protests against UN Peacekeepers

Jul 27, 2022

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have “strongly” condemned the recent protests targeting the United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in the country’s cities of Goma and Butembo.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) during their plenary assembly in Kinshasa. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in Burundi, DRC, Rwanda “deeply concerned” about Violence, Urge Dialogue

Jul 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda have, in a collective statement, expressed concern about violence in the African Great Lakes region of Central-Eastern Africa and urged parties in conflict to dialogue.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde and other Church and government officials after the signing of new agreements between the Catholic Church and the government of DRC. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Signed Church-State Pacts in DRC Start of “more intense collaboration”: Vatican Cardinal

Jul 7, 2022

The Vatican Secretary of State has described the signing of new agreements between the Catholic Church and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the beginning of “a new, more intense, and orderly collaboration”. 

Pope Francis sends a video message to the people of DRC and South Sudan, 2 July 2022./ Screenshot: Vatican News YouTube channel.

“Do not let yourselves be robbed of hope”: Pope Francis to Congolese, South Sudanese

Jul 3, 2022

Pope Francis has urged the people of God in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan not to let themselves “be robbed of hope” despite his decision to postpone his pastoral trip to the two African nations.