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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.

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”. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) during their 59th Plenary Assembly. Credit: CENCO

Insecurity in North Kivu Province Cause for Concern for Catholic Bishops in DR Congo

May 31, 2022

The situation of insecurity in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a cause for concern for the Catholic Bishops in the Central African country who are calling on those involved in the violent conflict to come “to their senses and seek dialogue”.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga at the 65th anniversary of the Catholic University of Congo (UCC), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: UCC

Cardinal in CAR Advocates for Interreligious Dialogue, Says “indispensable path to peace”

Apr 28, 2022

At an international colloquium marking the 65th anniversary of the Catholic University of Congo (UCC), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has underscored the importance of interreligious dialogue in peace building.

Mons. André Giraud Pindi Muanza, appointed Bishop of DR Congo's Matadi Diocese on 23 April 2022. Credit: CENCO

Apostolic Administrator of DR Congo’s Matadi Diocese Appointed Diocesan Bishop

Apr 25, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. André Giraud Pindi Muanza the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Matadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC). The Bishop-elect has been serving as the Apostolic Administrator of the Congolese Diocese since March 2021.

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero (left) and Minister Patrick Muyaya (right) addressing journalists after the first preparatory meeting ahead of the Pope's July 2-5 trip to DRC. Credit: Primature RDC/Facebook

Pope Francis Coming “not only for Catholics”, Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo Says

Apr 4, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said the planned Papal visit is for everyone in the Central African nation, and not just for Catholics.

Mons. Sebastien Kenda Ntumba, appointed first Bishop of the newly erected Tshilomba Diocese by Pope Francis on 25 March 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Erects New Diocese in DR Congo, Appoints First Bishop

Mar 25, 2022

Pope Francis has erected a new Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and appointed Mons. Sebastien Kenda Ntumba, a member of the Clergy of Luiza Diocese, as the first Bishop of the Episcopal See.

Archbishop François-Xavier Maroy Rusengo, addressing journalists after a meeting with the Governor of North Kivu on 9 March 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis “is coming as the father of a big family”: Catholic Archbishop in DR Congo

Mar 10, 2022

Pope Francis will be visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “as the father of a big family”, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Bukavu Archdiocese has said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) during their 59th Plenary Assembly. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Urge “works of mercy, peace building” Ahead of Papal Visit

Mar 7, 2022

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement at the end of their 59th Plenary Assembly, urged the people of God to carry out works of mercy, reconciliation, and peacebuilding ahead of Pope Francis’ July pastoral visit.

Pope Francis meets with leaders of South Sudan on a spiritual retreat in the Vatican in April 2019. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Leaders in South Sudan, DR Congo Express “great joy” Over Planned Papal Visit

Mar 4, 2022

Catholic Bishops in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they have received with “great joy” the news of the planned pastoral visit of Pope Francis to their respective countries.

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

DR Congo Bishops Express “compassion, closeness” with Ituri Province People amid Attacks

Feb 12, 2022

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) have expressed their “compassion, fraternal and spiritual closeness” with all those affected by the violence in the Province of Ituri that is covered by the Catholic Diocese of Bunia.

Bishop Oscar Ngoy wa Mpanga of DRC's Kongolo Diocese. Credit: CENCO

Make Religious Communities “homes, schools of communion”: Catholic Bishop in DR Congo

Feb 5, 2022

Consecrated persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been encouraged to make their respective communities “homes and schools of communion” amid “great crisis of fraternity and recognition of the other.”

Mons. Richard Kazadi Kamba, appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Kolwezi. Credit: CENCO

Secretary of DR Congo’s Lubumbashi Ecclesiastical Province Appointed Bishop for Kolwezi

Jan 11, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Kolwezi in the Central African nation.

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

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Suspend Participation in Forum of Religious Denominations

Nov 30, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have suspended their participation in the Forum of Religious Denominations, an umbrella body grouping religious leaders in the Central African nation.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing journalists after an audience he granted a section of government officials in the country led by the Speaker of the National Assembly. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Church, Government in DR Congo Have “no problem”: Lawmaker Says amid Media Speculations

Nov 25, 2021

There is “no problem” between the State and the leadership of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a lawmaker in the Central African country has said amid media speculations of tensions between the two entities.   

Denis Kadima, endorsed as President of CENI in the DRC by the National assembly. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want President to Reject “endorsed” Electoral Chairman

Oct 19, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling on President Félix Tshisekedi to reject the candidate that members of the National Assembly have endorsed to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Archbishop Marcel Utembi of DRC's Kisangani Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kisangani/Facebook

Catholic Church in DR Congo Ready to Resume Talks on Electoral Commission Head: Archbishop

Oct 15, 2021

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ready to return to the “negotiating table” and complete the process of having the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) appointed, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ conference has said.

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo addressing journalists during a press conference in Kinshasa on 6 October 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church Wants “inclusive, credible, peaceful elections in 2023”: DR Congo Nuncio

Oct 10, 2021

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks to support democracy by ensuring an inclusive, credible and peaceful general elections in 2023, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Central African nation has said.

Logo of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo. Credit: CENI

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Yet to “reach a consensus” Over Electoral Commission Head

Oct 6, 2021

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are yet to reach a consensus over the person to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), a Catholic Bishop has said.

Members of the Caucus of Catholic Parliamentarians with Fridolin Cardinal Amobongo. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa/Facebook

Catholic Politicians in DR Congo Condemn Attacks on Church Leaders, Appeal for Serenity

Aug 19, 2021

Catholic politicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent attacks targeting the Catholic Church and her leaders and have called for serenity in the Central African nation.