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

“It is with great shock”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo on Reports of Pentecost Sunday Coup Attempt

May 22, 2024

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) are shocked to hear reports of a coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the early hours of Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DRC. Credit: CENI

Church Leaders in DR Congo “strongly condemn” Violence Following General Elections

Jan 5, 2024

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) have “strongly condemned” cases of violence recorded in the country following the 20 December 2023 general elections.

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

"NO to any form of blessing of same-sex couples”: Congolese Bishops on Fiducia Supplicans

Jan 5, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have joined other Catholic Church leaders in Africa who have prohibited the implementation of Fiducia Supplicans (FS) in their Episcopal Sees and territories they govern.

Bishop Donatien Bafuidinsoni of DR Congo's Inongo Diocese. Credit: CENCO

Vote in “new leaders” for DR Congo’s “better future”: Catholic Bishop to Electorate

Dec 17, 2023

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs a new crop of political leaders, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said ahead of the general elections scheduled for December 20.

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: Vatican Media

“Church of our time needs to listen to the Spirit”: Congolese Archbishop on Synodality

Nov 6, 2023

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome has underlined the need for the Church “to listen to the Spirit” and to foster “participation for all.” 

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DRC. Credit: CENI

Publish Voter Register “as soon as possible”: Church Leaders in DR Congo to Electoral Body

Oct 29, 2023

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to publish the voter registers “as soon as possible” ahead of general elections slated for December 20.

The Secretary General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Mons. Donatien Nshole during the OCtober 4 press conference. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Dispute Alleged Role in Delayed Teachers Pay

Oct 7, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have sought to clarify their role in the payment of a section of teachers in the country after the Catholic Church in the country was accused of playing a part in the teachers’ delayed salaries.

Credit: Vatican Media

Month of the Bible: Catholics in DR Congo Urged to be “stewards of nature”

Oct 2, 2023

Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been urged to be “stewards of nature” during the annual month of the Bible declared by members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Mons. Donatien Nshole, Secretary General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO/Top Congo FM

Bishops in DR Congo Ready to Help Electoral Body “reinforce confidence” ahead of Polls

Sep 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are ready to help members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) “reinforce confidence” ahead of general elections slated for December 20.

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DRC. Credit: CENI

Church Leaders in DR Congo Want to Conduct Citizen Audit of Voter Register

Aug 11, 2023

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) are proposing to carry out a “citizen audit” of  the country’s voter register ahead of  general elections slated for December 20.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during Holy Mass in honor of late Chérubin Okende, the spokesman of Together for the Republic, one of the main opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Radio Okapi/Jonathan Fuanani

Nation Can’t “be built on assassinations”: DRCongo Cardinal on Opposition Spokesman Murder

Jul 21, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has denounced the murder of Chérubin Okende, the spokesman of Together for the Republic, one of the main opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero addressing journalists after a farewell audience with President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi. Credit: Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

“Five beautiful, intense years in Kinshasa”: Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo

Jul 16, 2023

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, who is leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a five-year diplomatic service among the Congolese people has described as “beautiful and intense” his stay in the Central African nation.

Late Chérubin Okende, the spokesman of Together for the Republic, one of the main opposition parties in the DRC. Credit: Together for the Republic Party

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo “strongly condemn” Murder of Opposition Party Spokesman

Jul 15, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have “strongly condemned” the murder in “unclear circumstances” of Chérubin Okende, the spokesman of Together for the Republic, one of the main opposition parties in the Central African nation.

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

Archbishop in DR Congo Faults President, Underscores Neutrality of Catholic Church

Jun 29, 2023

Archbishop Fulgence Muteba Mugalu of Lubumbashi Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has faulted the President of the Central African nation for describing the Catholic Church as partisan and divisive. 

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) at the conclusion of the third National Eucharistic Congress. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Encourage “strong sense of Eucharistic worship, devotion”

Jun 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are encouraging the people of God in the Central African nation to develop a “strong sense” of worship and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.