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Catholic Church in DR Congo

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

Protracted Violence, Emergence of New Militia among DR Congo Catholic Bishops’ Concerns

Jun 24, 2023

Persistent violence in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the emergence of new groups of militia are key concerns of Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation. 

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, whom he appointed as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in Geneva on June 21, 2023. | Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo Appointed Holy See Permanent Observer to UN in Geneva

Jun 21, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva.

Fr. Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo. Credit: EWTN Vaticano

“There is sometimes a terrifying silence”: Catholic Priest on Abortions in Africa

Jun 19, 2023

A Catholic Priest serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed concern about the “general silence” on matters of terminating pregnancies in Africa, and underscored the need to counter the culture of death and promote the dignity of life as explained in the Encyclical Letter of St. Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during Mass at the courtyard of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish of Goma Diocese. Credit:  l'Université Catholique la Sapientia de Goma

Catholic Diocese of Goma, DR Congo “constantly” in Pope Francis’ Prayers: Vatican Cardinal

Jun 15, 2023

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has assured the people of God in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Catholic Diocese of Goma of Pope Francis’ spiritual closeness amid the region’s protracted violent conflict and the resultant humanitarian crisis.

Archbishop Fulgence Muteba Mugalu of Lubumbashi Archdiocese in DRC. Credit: CENCO

DR Congo’s Immense Wealth “does not sufficiently benefit” Natives: Catholic Archbishop

Jun 13, 2023

The natives of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) do not “sufficiently benefit” from the country’s immense wealth, the Catholic Archbishop of Lubumbashi in the Central African nation has said.

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo in procession during the closing Mass  of the third National Eucharistic Congress. Credit: CENCO

“A decisive turning point”: Catholic Archbishop on DR Congo’s Third Eucharistic Congress

Jun 12, 2023

The third National Eucharistic Congress in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that concluded on Sunday, June 11 marked “a decisive turning point” for the followers of Jesus Christ in the Central African nation, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the country has said. 

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo in procession during Holy Mass to mark the start of the third National Eucharistic Congress. Credit: CENCO

Eucharistic Congress in DR Congo: Archbishop Presents “perfect love” of Trinity as Model

Jun 5, 2023

The “perfect love” that exists between the three persons of the Most Holy Trinity is a model of communion and relationship that the people of God can emulate, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said. 

Members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Four Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in Congolese Province Want Addressed for Peace

Jun 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their ordinary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in their province are facing, which they want addressed for peace to reign.

Mons. Donatien Nshole, reading the message of members of the National Episcopla Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

“Despicable, violent”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo on Crackdown on Protesters

May 23, 2023

The reported use of force on peaceful protesters demanding better living conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who have described the May 20 police excesses as “despicable and violent”.

“Take your bloodstained hands off our Province”: Bishops of Kinshasa Metropolitan, DRC

May 22, 2023

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have urged those behind persistent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke communities in Kwamouth territory to save the Metropolitan See from bloodshed.

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

Transparency in Funding among Electoral Reforms Church Leaders in DRC Want Implemented

May 19, 2023

Transparency in the disbursement of funds is one of the electoral reforms that church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) want implemented ahead of general elections scheduled to take place in December this year.

Mons. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate (right) and Mons. Honoré Beugré Dakpa (left). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Comboni Provincial Superior in DR Congo, Ivorian Priest, Appointed Bishops

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate who has been serving as the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the Auxiliary Bishop for Kisangani Archdiocese.

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

DRC’s Catholic Bishops Want “independent body with experienced” to Audit Voter Register

May 13, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling on the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to seek the expertise of “an independent body with experience” alongside “a few national experts” to audit the country’s voter register.

Archbishop Fulgence Muteba Mugalu with Sr. Lucie Mwasenga in Lubumbashi on 10 May 2023. Credit: Lubumbashi Archdiocese

Gang Leader in DR Congo Releases Abducted Catholic Nun to Avoid “Problems with the Pope”

May 12, 2023

A gang leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has freed a Catholic Nun a few hours after her kidnapping in the region covered by the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Lubumbashi, saying he did not want to have “problems with the Pope, the Archbishop, and especially with the Catholic Church”.

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Bishop Invites DR Congo Catholics to “massively participate” in June Eucharistic Congress

May 11, 2023

The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling upon Catholics to “massively participate” in the planned third National Eucharistic Congress.

Deadly floods that hit DR Congo's South Kivu Province destroyed homes and left hundred dead. Credit: Caritas Congo ASBL

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Express “fraternal closeness” with Victims of Deadly Floods

May 9, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed their “fraternal closeness and solidarity” with victims of deadly floods and landslides that have reportedly resulted in the death of hundreds of people in the country’s South Kivu Province.

Members of St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo hold prayers at the parish premises. Credit: Fr. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu

Catholic Priest in DR Congo Laments Months of Killings over Community Land

May 8, 2023

St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing its members to a group of individuals claiming to prevent the sale of community land.

Priests of the Diocese of Kindu in DR Congo. Credit: Kindu Diocese

Catholic Priests in DR Congo Decry Increasing Armed Robberies, Rape on Women, Minors

Apr 29, 2023

Members of the Clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Kindu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have decried rising insecurity in Maniema, a province under their pastoral care, noting that incidences of rape on women and minors in the province are especially on the rise.

M23 rebels in DR Congo. Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Priests in DR Congo Question Government’s Plan to Resettle Ex-Rebels

Apr 27, 2023

Catholic Priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have poked holes in the government’s plan to resettle ex-rebels belonging to the March 23 Movement (M23) who reportedly surrendered some of their strongholds in the Central African country.

The fire incident at Mwanga High School. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DRC in Solidarity with Sisters after Fire Injures Dozens of Students

Apr 26, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed solidarity with Notre Dame Sisters after a school they run in the country was razed down, leaving one student dead and 132 others seriously injured.