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

Cardinal in DR Congo to Head Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar

Feb 21, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has been confirmed as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

“True encouragement”: Cardinal in DR Congo on Pope Francis’ “comforting presence”

Feb 4, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has described the presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as “comforting” and that it is “a true encouragement” for the people of God in the Central African nation “who are suffering in body and soul”.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with Pope Francis at the Headquarters of CENCO in Kinshasa 03 February 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

“Unforgettable days spent with us”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Thank Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanked Pope Francis for the “unforgettable days” the Holy Father spent with the people of God in the country during his four-day Apostolic visit that concluded Friday, February 3. 

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“Greatly touched”: Victims of Violence in DR Congo after Encounter with Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

After interacting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, February 1, victims of violence in Ituri Province in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed hope that peace would return to their country and to their region.

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Catholic Peace Entity Warns of Infighting Within Peace-Keeping Groups in DR Congo

Feb 2, 2023

The war in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could transition to infighting within armed groups that have pitched camp in the Eastern part of the country, Catholic charity Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) has said.

Sr. Rita Yamba Tadi. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis’ Presence in DR Congo “a blessing, opportunity to renew faith”: Catholic Nun

Feb 1, 2023

The presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is “a blessing” for the people of God in the Central African nation and an opportunity for them to renew their faith, a Catholic Nun has told ACI Africa.

Students at the Ndjili Airport to welcome Pope Francis to DR Congo. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis’ Visit to “strengthen faith, hope, charity” of Congolese: Catholic Archbishop

Jan 31, 2023

The Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to “strengthen the faith, hope and charity” of the people of God in the Central African nation, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has told ACI Africa.

Fr. Rigobert Kyungu Musenge. Credit: ACI Africa

Dozens of Central Africa Province Jesuits to Meet Pope Francis in Private Audience

Jan 31, 2023

Out of some 400 members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the Central Africa Province , “only 85 selected members” are scheduled to meet Pope Francis in a private audience on Thursday, February 2 in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Provincial Superior has told ACI Africa.

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Climate Activists in DR Congo Appeal for Pope’s Support in Ending Fossil Fuel Projects

Jan 31, 2023

Climate activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are seeking Pope Francis’ support in engaging the government to stop plans for oil and gas exploration during his Apostolic Journey to the country.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, 29 January 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks for Prayers Ahead of Apostolic Journey to DR Congo, South Sudan

Jan 30, 2023

Pope Francis is seeking prayerful solidarity as he prepares to embark on his third Apostolic trip to sub-Saharan Africa, beginning from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday, January 31, and then South Sudan from Friday, February 3. 

Papal dais ready for Holy Mass on Wednesday, February 1 at Ndolo Airport. Credit: ACI Africa

Venue for Papal Public Mass in DR Congo at “final touches”: Congolese Official

Jan 30, 2023

Ndolo Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the venue for the Papal public Mass during the first leg of Pope Francis’ two-African-nation Apostolic journey, is almost ready, the technical Coordinator has said.

Fr. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu, a Mill Hill Missionary Priest serving in St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa. Credit: Fr. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu

Pilgrims from CAR, Angola Arriving in Kinshasa ahead of Papal Pastoral Visit to DR Congo

Jan 27, 2023

The city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is bustling with life as pilgrims continue to stream in ahead of Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Central African nation next week.

Patrick Muyaya Katembwe during the January 23 press conference. Credit: CENCO

Papal Visit “expression of compassion, solidarity with Congolese people”: State Official

Jan 24, 2023

The planned Papal visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) set to begin at the end of this month is an expression of Pope Francis’ thoughtfulness and solidarity with the people of God in the Central African nation, the Minister in charge of Communication and Media in the country has said.

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Comboni Postulant in DR Congo Hospitalized with Leg Injury after Mai-Mai Rebel Attack

Jan 24, 2023

A Postulant of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is admitted in hospital with gun injuries on his leg following an attack allegedly by Mai-Mai Kata Katanga rebels.

Fr. Marcelo Fonseca Oliveira. Credit: ACN

Terrorists in DR Congo Forcing Villagers to Flee Wealthy Homes: Catholic Missionary Priest

Jan 21, 2023

Terrorists operating in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are attacking wealthy homes and forcing inhabitants to flee, a Catholic Missionary Priest in the Central African country has said. 

Fr. Cola Emmanuel Lubamba. Credit: Courtesy Photo

A 700-Person Choir to Animate Public Papal Mass in Kinshasa, DR Congo

Jan 20, 2023

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, the first stop of Pope Francis’ two-nation visit to Africa, a 700-person choir is expected to animate the Public Papal Mass scheduled for Wednesday, February 1 at Ndolo Airport, the Choir Master has said.

Blandine, the only female mason in her class, life changed by Don Bosco center in Bukavu. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Giving Women Opportunity for “viable, empowering career path”

Jan 19, 2023

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are reaching out to women, giving them an opportunity for “a viable and empowering career path” in an initiative being realized at Don Bosco Technical School in the country’s Bukavu Archdiocese.

Entrance to the Church of Christ Congo, (ECC-CEPAC) in the Eastern Congolese city of Kasindi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Condoles with Protestants after Sunday Bomb Attack

Jan 16, 2023

The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed his solidarity with the victims of the Sunday, January 15 attack on a Protestant church in the Central African nation that reportedly left at least 17 people dead and several others injured.

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero during the January 12 press conference. Credit: CENCO

Papal Visit to DR Congo to Show “friendship, solidarity, closeness of universal Church”

Jan 12, 2023

The planned Papal visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) set to begin at the end of this month is an opportunity for Pope Francis to show his “friendship, solidarity, and closeness” with the people of God in the Central African nation, the Apostolic Nuncio in the country has said.

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DR Congo Situation “not completely clear” Even After Peace Agreement: Catholic Priest

Jan 11, 2023

The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “not completely clear” even after the Central African nation signed a peace agreement to end hostilities in Eastern provinces of the country, a Catholic Priest has said.