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Logo of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo. Credit: CENI /

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Set to Announce New Head of Electoral Commission

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to announce the person to be at the helm of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) anytime from Tuesday, July 27.

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

Cardinal in DRC against Bill Restricting Presidency to People with Both Congolese Parents

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has expressed his opposition to a bill that seeks to limit presidential candidates to those who have two Congolese parents.

Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo who died 11 July 2021 aged 81/ Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa /

Late Congolese Cardinal Eulogized as a Champion of Justice, Civil Rights for Marginalized

Catholic Church leaders and government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have eulogized the Archbishop emeritus of Kinshasa, Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya, as a champion of justice and civil rights of the marginalized in the Central African nation and beyond.

Bishop José-Claude Mbimbi Mbamba of DR Congo's Boma Diocese. Credit: Diocese of Boma /

“Be truly loving father to faithful without distinction”: Congolese Cardinal to New Bishop

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo has invited the new Bishop of Boma Diocese to build his episcopal ministry around the practice of unconditional love, embracing all the people of God under his pastoral care “without distinction.”

Bishop Sébastien Muyengo of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Uvira Diocese/ Credit: CENCO /

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Recommends Countrywide Catechesis on Safeguarding of Creation

The Bishop of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Uvira Diocese has recommended countrywide catechesis on the safeguarding of creation through Diocesan programs.

The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 21 June 2021. Credit: CENCO /

Four Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want Addressed for National Cohesion

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing participants at the workshop on the environment in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa/ Credit: CENCO /

Congolese Cardinal Urges Bishops to Participate in Safeguarding the Congo Basin

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has, at the ongoing workshop on the environment, called on his brother Bishops to seek ways of protecting the world’s second largest river basin, the Congo Basin. 

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

DR Congo Church Leaders Want Poll Body to Have Civil Society in Majority of Members

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) are recommending that in the composition of the Independence National Electoral Commission (CENI), civil society members constitute the majority.

Thousands evacuated from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo following threats of another volcanic eruption. Credit: Nelson Mantama /

Catholic Bishop in DRC Appeals for Humanitarian Aid for Displaced amid Volcanic Eruptions

Humanitarian assistance is being sought for the hundreds of thousands displaced persons after the volcanic eruptions from Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) forced residents of the Eastern city of Goma to flee “in all directions.”

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo signing the decree creating Omnia Catholic University in DR Congo's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Newly Created Catholic University in DRC to Respond to Needs of Church, Society: Cardinal

The newly created Catholic University in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is meant to respond to the needs of the “society and the Church”, the Local Ordinary of Kinshasa Archdiocese that is behind the initiative has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (center) with DRC’s newly appointed Education Minister, Tony Mwaba (left), and his deputy, Aminata Namasia (right) after the May 11 audience in Kinshasa. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa. /

Free Access to Basic Education in DR Congo Needs to Benefit “everyone”: Congolese Cardinal

The initiative toward free basic education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs to be implemented in such a way that everyone in the country benefits, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has said.

Late Sheikh Ali Amin, President of the Islamic community in the city of Beni in North Kivu Province in the Eastern part of DR Congo assassinated May 1. /

Bishops in DR Congo Concerned about Killing of Imam Who Condemned Jihadism

Members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) say that they are “all concerned” at the height of violence in Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where an Imam who is said to have spoken strongly against jihadism in the country has been murdered.

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

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Urge Impartiality in Constituting Electoral Commission

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to practice impartiality as they debate about new members to constitute the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 14 April 2021. Credit: CENCO /

Bishops in DR Congo Fault Government School Suspension, Call for "thorough verification"

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have faulted the government's decision to suspend 600 Catholic schools claiming that the learning institutions are among those operating under “fake authorization certificates.”

A burning car in the ongoing violence in DRC's Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Warn of Threat of Islamism Targeting Victims of Violence

Victims of rebel militias in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being forced to convert to Islam, Catholic Bishops in the country have said, warning of a threat of Islamism in the Central African nation.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) / National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO)

Renewed Violence, Killings in Eastern DR Congo Cause for Concern: Catholic Bishops

Renewed violence in the Eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that have resulted in the killing of civilians is a cause of concern, Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation have said and appealed for an end to the bloodshed.

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Present Roadmap for 2023 General Elections

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have unveiled the roadmap for the General elections slated to take place in 2023.

Some members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) / National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO)

Bishops in DR Congo Announce Intention to Boost Pastoral Care to Elderly Persons

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, announced their intention to enhance pastoral care to elderly persons.

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, president of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). / National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO)

Bishops in DR Congo Urge Integrity in New Political Alliance Government Appointments

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) want integrity to be prioritized in government appointments following the termination of the mandate of the coalition that had been formed between the party of the President and that of his predecessor.

The Bishop-elect of DR Congo's Lisala Diocese Msgr. Joseph-Bernard Likolo Bokal'Etumba. / Credit: National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO)

Head of Episcopal Commission Appointed Bishop of DR Congo’s Lisala Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed the Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of the Bishops’ Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) as the Local Ordinary of the country’s Lisala Diocese.