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Latest stories: DR Congo

Credit: Caritas Congo ASBL

Caritas Congo Reaches Out to Hundreds of Farmers with “techniques to increase yields”

Jan 27, 2022

The Church leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, through its development and humanitarian arm, Caritas Congo ASBL, reached out to hundreds of farmers in South Kivu with farming techniques aimed at improving yields.

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.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing pastoral agents in DR Congo's Kinshasa Archdiocese on 4 January 2021. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Urges Pastoral Agents to “support those in precarious situations”

Jan 5, 2022

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has urged pastoral agents under his jurisdiction to do more to support their fellow brothers and sisters in difficult situations.

Late Bishop Daniel Nlandu Mayi. Credit: Matadi Diocese

Months after Resigning Due to Health Complications, Congolese Catholic Bishop Dies Aged 68

Dec 15, 2021

Bishop Daniel Nlandu Mayi whose resignation was accepted by the Pope Francis in March this year passed on earlier this week at the age of 68.

An unfortunate accident damages the Salesian “Cité des Jeunes” in Lubumbashi. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Seeking Assistance to Rebuild Catholic School Destroyed by Storm

Dec 15, 2021

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are seeking partners to facilitate the renovation and rebuilding Catholic school structures damaged by strong winds and torrential rain.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

“Culture of lies gaining ground” in DR Congo, Cardinal Says, Urges Testimony of Faith

Dec 7, 2021

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned against the culture of lies, which he says is “gaining ground” 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.   

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

DR Congo’s Electoral Commission Head “not the right choice”: Congolese Cardinal

Nov 6, 2021

Denis Kadima who was confirmed as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “is not the right choice”, a Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

Dr. Celine Tendobi at the University of Navarra in Madrid. Dr. Tendobi is a beneficiary of the Guadalupe Scholarship Project of Harambee Africa International. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Catholic Scholarship Beneficiary Hopes Medical Project Will Reduce Cancer Mortality in DRC

Nov 1, 2021

Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are dying in large numbers from cervical cancer for lack of early detection of a virus that results in the cancer, a female scientist researching the deadly disease has said.

At health facilities in DR Congo, Malteser International has supported local structures to vaccinate 10,000 doses against the coronavirus to people most in need. Credit: Nyokabi Kahura/Malteser International

Seek to Understand Factors Behind Low COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Africa: Catholic Agency

Oct 27, 2021

There is need to understand the factors and circumstances behind low COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Africa, the leadership of the Rome-based Catholic lay Religious Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International (MI), has said. 

The headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Confirmation of DR Congo’s Electoral Commission Head “endorsement of irregularity”: Bishop

Oct 25, 2021

The decision by President Félix Tshisekedi to confirm Denis Kadima as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite opposition from the Catholic and Protestant churches amounts to endorsing an “irregularity”, a Catholic Bishop in the Central African nation has said.  

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).

Violence in DR Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Church in DR Congo Says Persecution Still on 25 Years after Murder of Archbishop

Oct 17, 2021

The Catholic Archdiocese of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still experiencing persecution years after the gruesome murder of Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese has said.

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.

Help for the training of 59 seminarians in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Pastoral Charity Facilitates Formation of Dozens of Seminarians in DR Congo

Sep 15, 2021

Dozens of Major Seminarians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are set to benefit from a financial “contribution” from the Catholic Pastoral Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, the leadership of the Pontifical entity has said in a report.

Some ex-combatants at the Don Bosco Ngangi Center, located in Goma in DR Congo. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Empowering Young Ex-Combatants with Education, Life Skills

Sep 3, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are empowering young ex-combatants in the Central African nation with life and vocational skills.

Bishop Félicien Ntambue of DR Congo's Kabinda Diocese. Credit: Kabinda Diocese

Bishop of DR Congo’s Kabinda Diocese Condemns Church Desecration in “the strongest terms”

Aug 31, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Kabinda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has condemned the desecration of a Parish church in his pastoral jurisdiction.