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Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators in the DR Congo during their September sessions that kicked off Tuesday, September 15 in the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

Bishops in DR Congo Want Legislators to Prioritize Public Interest in Ongoing Sessions

Sep 17, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are urging Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators to prioritize the interests of the Congolese people during their September sessions that kicked off Tuesday, September 15 in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. 

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of Kisangani Archdiocese and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

After DRC’s COVID-19 Restrictions are Eased, “continue with preventive measures”: Prelate

Jul 25, 2020

A Catholic Archbishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has underscored the need to continue adhering to COVID-19 measures even after the restrictions, which the government put in place in March, are lifted.

Logo Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo.

DR Congo’s Laity Laud President for Not Endorsing Electoral Commission Head

Jul 22, 2020

The leadership of Catholic Laity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lauded President Félix Tshisekedi for not endorsing Ronsard Malonda as the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) despite his endorsement by the law makers of the Central African nation

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

After Congolese Cardinal’s Message Draws Criticism, Clergy Express Solidarity

Jul 16, 2020

The Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity to their Local Ordinary, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo after his message during the country’s Independence Day anniversary drew criticism from a section of religious leaders.

Ronsard Malonda, endorsed as head of DR Congo's Electoral Commission CENI by the National Assembly.

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Want President to Reject “endorsed” Electoral Chairman

Jul 4, 2020

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, asked President Félix Tshisekedi not to accept the National Assembly’s “endorsement” of Ronsard Malonda as the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), terming the decision by the members of parliament “controversial.”

Fridolin CArdinal Ambongo, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Ruling coalition has lost its purpose,”: Congolese Cardinal at Independence Anniversary

Jul 1, 2020

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, used the occasion of the celebration marking 60 years since the Central African nation gained its independence from Belgium to make known his thoughts about the unity government.

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo

Prioritize Electoral Reforms Over Appointment of Chair, Bishops in DR Congo Demand

Jun 24, 2020

Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are demanding that the government, through the Speaker of the National Assembly, carries out electoral reforms before appointing the leadership of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Church Leaders in DR Congo pose with EU Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner after the launch of a project to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central African nation.

Churches in DR Congo Partner with European Union for €2m COVID-19 Sensitization Program

May 27, 2020

Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have partnered with the European Union (EU) for a nine-month sensitization project dubbed “Support project for the prevention of COVID-19 in the DRC through communication for behavior change during and after the epidemic” worth Eur.2 million (US$2.17 million).

Archbishop Jean Pierre Tafunga of Lubumbashi  in DR Congo

“Give peace a chance,” Congolese Archbishop Over Insecurity in Lubumbashi

May 20, 2020

Persistent insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a cause for concern for the Archbishop of Lubumbashi who says attacks on the people of God in his Ecclesiastical jurisdiction have reached “unspeakable” levels. He has appealed to those behind the attacks “to give peace a chance.”

President Felix Tshisekedi and Archbishop Marcel Utembi at a previous event

Apply Government Directives “scrupulously”: DR Congo Bishops Urge, to Contain COVID-19

Mar 21, 2020

Following Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi directives aimed at containing the possible spread of COVID-19 beyond the 14 confirmed cases, Church leaders in the central African country have urged her citizens to adhere to the measures “scrupulously.”

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, special envoy of Pope Francis at the Third National Eucharistic Congress in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to take place in June.

Cardinal Tagle of Propaganda Fide to Represent Pope Francis at DRC’s Eucharistic Congress

Mar 19, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, also known as Propaganda Fide, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as his special envoy at the Third National Eucharistic Congress in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to take place in June.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) with the Apostolic Nuncio in DRC, Archbishop Ettore Balestrero.

Justice for Victims Emphasized at DR Congo Bishops’ Training on Child Safeguarding

Mar 4, 2020

At a three-day training on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the Church, the Archbishop at the helm of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) has called for justice that guarantees that the Church remains a “safe house of healing and renewal.”

Members of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) / CENCO

“It is unacceptable that the country should be taken hostage”: DR Congo Bishops

Mar 3, 2020

Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have accused the country’s coalition government of taking the nation “hostage” by selfishly minding their political positions instead of serving the Congolese people and termed the trend “unacceptable”. 

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of Kisangani, President of CENCO. / CENCO

“Humanly, left to ourselves, we are incapable of doing a divine work”: DR Congo Prelate

Feb 26, 2020

At the meeting bringing together Bishops at the helm of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO), closeness to God in prayer was emphasized including the need to be role models in the carrying on the ministry of the apostles of Jesus.

Logo Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC – (CENCO).

Caritas DR Congo Distances Itself from Claims of “disrupting payment to schools”

Jan 17, 2020

The General Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC – (CENCO) has denied claims that a bank institution affiliated to the Catholic Church together with other banks in the central African nation are disrupting the payment of money allocated to schools in the country.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (center) addressing journalists in DRC's capital, Kinshasa, Friday, 3 January 2020.

People in Eastern DRC “crying out for help to those who can hear”: Cardinal after Visit

Jan 7, 2020

After his pastoral visit to the Diocese of Butembo-Beni in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the country’s military has been fighting against dozens of local and foreign armed groups, the Archbishop of Kinshasa, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu has expressed concerns about the desperate situation of the people there “crying out for help” and called on the government to take up its responsibility of protecting citizens.

CENCO’s Secretary General, Fr. Donatien Nshole  addressing journalists at Press Conference in DR Congo's capital Kinshasa, Monday, December 16, 2019

“Free access to primary education irreversible,” DR Congo Bishops Say

Dec 17, 2019

Following challenges in implementing a constitutional provision allowing free access to basic education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has made public its position on the matter, indicating that free access to primary education is irreversible and that relevant authorities need to give teachers adequate remuneration to avoid the deterioration of national education.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bishops in DR Congo Decry Renewed Conflict, Killings, want “cycle of violence” Prevented

Nov 28, 2019

Following incidences of renewed violence in the Eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that have resulted in the killing of civilians, Bishops in the central African nation have expressed concern that, if not addressed urgently, their country could plunge “into a cycle of violence” that risks worsening the already deplorable living conditions of the Congolese.