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Catholic Church in DR Congo

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.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) comprising Catholic Bishops in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in Burundi, DRC, Rwanda Renew Commitment “alternative paths” to peace

Oct 20, 2023

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) comprising Catholic Bishops in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda have renewed “alternative paths” to peace in their region.

Mons. John Putzer, chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva. Credit: Zenit.org

Holy See “deeply concerned” about Human Rights Violations in DR Congo

Oct 11, 2023

The Holy See is “deeply concerned” about human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva has said.

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).

Bishop Edouard Tsimba Ngoma and Bishop Edouard Isango Nkoyo during the 9 September Episcopal Ordination. Credit: Kinshasa Archdiocese

Cardinal in DR Congo Cautions Newly Consecrated Bishops against Fear “to denounce evil”

Sep 11, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged the newly Consecrated Auxiliary Bishops of Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to “denounce evil” fearlessly during their Episcopal Ministry.

Bishop Joseph-Bernard Likolo Bokal’Etumba of the Catholic Diocese of Lisala in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: DIACENCO

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Calls for “greater vigilance” ahead of 2023 General Elections

Sep 10, 2023

Bishop Joseph-Bernard Likolo Bokal’Etumba of the Catholic Diocese of Lisala in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has urged the electorate in the Central African nation to exercise “greater vigilance” ahead of the country’s general elections scheduled for December 20.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the September 7 Thanksgiving Mass. Credit: Radio Moto

“Be missionaries of prayer”: Catholic Bishop in DR Congo to Consecrated Widows

Sep 9, 2023

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called upon members of the Fraternity of Our Lady of the Resurrection, a movement of consecrated widows, to be witnesses of a life of prayer.

Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Providing Shelter, Nutrition to “displaced families” at Shasha

Sep 6, 2023

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are reaching out to members of “displaced families” with shelter and nutrition amid violence in the country’s North Kivu Province that is covered by the Catholic Diocese of Goma.

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.

Bishop  Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate. Credit: CENCO

“Receive everyone without discrimination”: Congolese Cardinal to New Bishop

Aug 14, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has invited the new Auxiliary Bishop of Kisangani Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to build his episcopal ministry around the practice of unconditional love, embracing all the people of God under his pastoral care “without distinction.”

Blessed Isidore Bakanja. Credit: Order of Carmelites - Los Carmelitas - I Carmelitani

Biggest Lesson for Pastoral Caregivers in Africa from Blessed Isidore Bakanja

Aug 13, 2023

Blessed Isidore Bakanja whose feast day is August 12 teaches a lot about sacrifice, a virtue that is key for pastoral caregivers, especially Catechists.

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.

Bishop Dominique Bulamatari. Credit: Diocèse de Budjala

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of 68-Year-Old Bishop in DR Congo

Aug 1, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Dominique Bulamatari who has been at the helm of Molegbe Diocese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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).

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in DR Congo. Credit: Radio Moto

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Cautions Political Candidates against Self-seeking Agenda

Jul 19, 2023

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned political candidates in the December 20 general elections against self-seeking agenda.

Mons. Edouard Isango Nkoyo (left)  and Mons. Edouard Tsimba Ngoma (center) appointed Auxiliary Bishops for Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and  Mons. Sandro Overend Rigillo, appointed Apostolic Vicar for Libya’s Apostolic Vicariate of Benghazi. Credit: CENCO, Maltese Franciscan Province

Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishops in DR. Congo, Apostolic Vicar in Libya

Jul 17, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Edouard Tsimba Ngoma and Mons. Edouard Isango Nkoyo as Auxiliary Bishops for Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and assigned them the Titular Sees of Igilgili and Utimmira respectively.

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.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in DR Congo. Credit: Radio Moto

“We seem to think we're not governed”: Catholic Bishop on Challenges in DR Congo

Jul 9, 2023

The myriad and regularity of life-threatening challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) give the impression that there is no functional government, Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni has lamented.