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Catholic Church in DR Congo

Mons. Donatien Nshole (right), CENCO Secretary General, and Mr. Corneille Nangaa (left). Credit: CENCO/ Diocese of Goma

Official Distances DR Congo’s Catholic Bishops from Pro-Rebel Politician

Jul 19, 2024

The Secretary General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has distanced Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from the leader of an opposition party, who allied himself with several rebel movements, including the M23.

Credit: ACN

Relief as Catholic Priests Trekking for Miles in DR Congo Receive New Motorbikes to Achieve “pastoral proximity” Policy

Jul 19, 2024

In the Catholic Diocese of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Priests walk for up to 40 kilometers to reach some of the mission stations of the Congolese Episcopal See, which are in very remote places.

Bishop Dieudonné Madrapile Tanzi (right) of the Catholic Diocese of Isangi and Bishop Julien Andavo Mbia (right)

Immediate Former Bishop of DR Congo’s Isiro-Niangara Dies Hours after Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Administrator

Jul 14, 2024

Bishop Julien Andavo Mbia, the immediate former Local Ordinary of Isiro-Niangara Catholic Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has passed on.

Official Distances DR Congo’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa from Accusation of Mismanagement

Jul 11, 2024

The Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has distanced the Metropolitan See headquartered in the country’s capital from information on social media platforms that alleges mismanagement of funds and other "persistent malaise" in the Archdiocese.

Bishop Martin Banga Ayanyaki of the Catholic Diocese of Buta in DR Congo. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Buta

Cardinal Ambongo Urges Newly Ordained Bishop to “always be available”, Serving “without discrimination of any kind”

Jul 8, 2024

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged the newly Consecrated Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buta in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be at the service of the people of God, serving them all with humility. 

Archbishop Fulgence Muteba Mugalu, newly elected President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

New President of Congolese Bishops' Conference says Task is “a great responsibility, new challenge”

Jul 3, 2024

Archbishop Fulgence Muteba Mugalu of the Catholic Archdiocese of  Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who was elected President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) on June 27 has described his new position as both challenging and a great task.

A student after taking the end-of-year exam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Credit: Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS)

How Jesuit Entity Facilitated Safe Access of “displaced students” to Exam Rooms in DR. Congo’s Embattled Region

Jun 30, 2024

Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), has facilitated safe access of “displaced students” to exam rooms in the war-torn North Kivu Province in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mons. Cyrille Ikomba Mankelele Mambi, appointed Apostolic Administrator to help in shepherding the Diocese of Popokabaka in DR Congo. Credit: CENCO

Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Administrator for DRC’s Popokabaka Diocese

Jun 12, 2024

After considering the state of health of the Local Ordinary of Popokabaka Diocese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Cyrille Ikomba Mankelele Mambi as an apostolic Administrator to help in shepherding the Diocese.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo with participants attending the interdisciplinary colloquium which the Omnia Omnibus University of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa organized. Credit: Omnia Omnibus University

“More collaboration than difficulties”: Congolese Cardinal on Church-State Relations

May 28, 2024

There is “more collaboration” between the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “than difficulties”, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has said.

Credit: Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS)

Parents, Teachers, Refugees, IDPs among Beneficiaries of Jesuit Entity’s “psychosocial support” in Eastern DR Congo

May 23, 2024

Victims of violent conflicts from North and South Kivu Provinces of Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who include parents, teachers, refugees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are among the beneficiaries of the “psychosocial support” under the auspices of the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), the entity has reported. 

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.

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo with President, Félix Tshisekedi. Credit: Presidency of the Republic of DRC

Amid Judicial Enquiry against Him, Cardinal Ambongo Meets DR Congo’s President to “shed light on various points”

May 18, 2024

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who is facing a judicial enquiry into allegations of “seditious behavior” that were leveled against him has said that his Thursday, May 16 meeting with the country’s President, Félix Tshisekedi, aimed at clarifying “various points”. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo confirmed President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Clergy, Laity in DR Congo Condemn Judicial Enquiry against Cardinal Ambongo as “shameful initiative”

May 2, 2024

The move to subject Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a judicial enquiry is a “shameful initiative”, the Clergy and Laity in the Central African nation have said. 

Credit: Catholic Diocese of Uvira

“Cause for joy”: Catholic Bishops in Bukavu Province on Planned Beatification of Four Martyrs in Uvira Diocese

Apr 17, 2024

The planned beatification of four Congolese martyrs, who include three members of Xaverian missionaries and a Priest, scheduled to take place on August 18 in the Catholic Diocese of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sparks joy, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB) have said.

Members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB). Credit: Radio Moto

Catholic Bishops in Bukavu Province, DR Congo Decry “endemic” Insecurity, Urge Government to Prioritize Citizens’ Safety

Apr 16, 2024

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are decrying insecurity in their Episcopal Sees.

Chancery of DR Congo’s Kinshasa Archdiocese Decries Sunday “degrading treatment” Cardinal Ambongo Suffered at Airport

Apr 15, 2024

The Chancery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried the “degrading treatment” that Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo suffered under officials at the N'djili International Airport.

Easter Message: Cardinal Ambongo Decries Insecurity, Says DR Congo “seriously ill, almost in a comatose state”

Apr 1, 2024

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has decried the persistent security challenge in country, and described the Central African nation as “seriously ill” and in coma.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Radio Moto

Live Your Priestly Lives “in favor of the needy”: Catholic Bishop of Butembo-Beni, DR Congo, to Priest at Chrism Mass

Mar 29, 2024

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has challenged Priests ministering in his Episcopal See to be pastors with the smell of the sheep they shepherd.

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.

Catholic Bishop of DR. Congo’s Kabinda Diocese Appointed Archbishop for Kananga

Mar 19, 2024

Pope Francis has transferred the Local Ordinary of Kabinda Diocese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the country’s Kananga Archdiocese, where he will serve as Archbishop.