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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. 

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 January 13. / Website National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Say Process Toward Free Basic Education “irreversible”

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) have expressed their support for and commitment to seeing the success of the free basic education in the Central African nation. 

Late Archbishop emeritus  Floribert Songasonga Mwitwa of DR Congo's Lubumbashi Archdiocese. /

Bishops in DR Congo Eulogize Late Archbishop of Lubumbashi as Dedicated Servant

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have eulogized the Archbishop emeritus of Lubumbashi, Floribert Songasonga Mwitwa, as a man of faith who “faithfully dedicated his life” to the service of the people of God.

Church in DR Congo “not against free primary education,” Cardinal Clarifies

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has clarified that the Catholic Church is not opposed to free primary school education.

Fr. Linus Ngenomesho (left) appointed, Apostolic Administrator of Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu and Fr. Godefroid Manuga-Lukokisa (right) named a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. /

Pope Francis Appoints Congolese Cleric to Propaganda Fide, Namibian Priest Administrator

The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has been appointed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP), whose members are responsible for coordinating the church’s missionary work. 

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with President Felix Tshisekedi during an audience Monday, November 9, 2020. / Website National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Prioritize Political Solution that “respects Congolese people”: Bishops to DRC President

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective memorandum, called on the President of the Central African nation to prioritize policies that contribute toward the well-being of the Congolese.  

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

Six Issues of Concern in DR Congo Bishops Want Addressed While Safeguarding “Sovereignty”

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement at the end of their 57th Plenary Assembly, outlined six issues affecting the Central African nation, which they want addressed while safeguarding of the Congolese from those who have taken it “hostage.”

Engaging Only Catholic Teachers in DR Congo’s Catholic Schools Fosters Identity: Cardinal

The Archbishop of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kinshasa Archdiocese has defended his decision to engage teachers who practice Catholicism in Catholic-sponsored Primary Schools within his jurisdiction, saying the move fosters Catholic identity.

Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators in the DR Congo during their September sessions that kicked off Tuesday, September 15 in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. /

Bishops in DR Congo Want Legislators to Prioritize Public Interest in Ongoing Sessions

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are urging Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators to prioritize the interests of the Congolese people during their September sessions that kicked off Tuesday, September 15 in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. 

Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa of Kisangani Archdiocese and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). /

After DRC’s COVID-19 Restrictions are Eased, “continue with preventive measures”: Prelate

A Catholic Archbishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has underscored the need to continue adhering to COVID-19 measures even after the restrictions, which the government put in place in March, are lifted.

Logo Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo. /

DR Congo’s Laity Laud President for Not Endorsing Electoral Commission Head

The leadership of Catholic Laity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lauded President Félix Tshisekedi for not endorsing Ronsard Malonda as the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) despite his endorsement by the law makers of the Central African nation

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). /

After Congolese Cardinal’s Message Draws Criticism, Clergy Express Solidarity

The Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity to their Local Ordinary, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo after his message during the country’s Independence Day anniversary drew criticism from a section of religious leaders.

Ronsard Malonda, endorsed as head of DR Congo's Electoral Commission CENI by the National Assembly. /

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Want President to Reject “endorsed” Electoral Chairman

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, asked President Félix Tshisekedi not to accept the National Assembly’s “endorsement” of Ronsard Malonda as the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), terming the decision by the members of parliament “controversial.”

Fridolin CArdinal Ambongo, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. /

“Ruling coalition has lost its purpose,”: Congolese Cardinal at Independence Anniversary

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, used the occasion of the celebration marking 60 years since the Central African nation gained its independence from Belgium to make known his thoughts about the unity government.

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

Prioritize Electoral Reforms Over Appointment of Chair, Bishops in DR Congo Demand

Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are demanding that the government, through the Speaker of the National Assembly, carries out electoral reforms before appointing the leadership of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Church Leaders in DR Congo pose with EU Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner after the launch of a project to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central African nation. /

Churches in DR Congo Partner with European Union for €2m COVID-19 Sensitization Program

Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have partnered with the European Union (EU) for a nine-month sensitization project dubbed “Support project for the prevention of COVID-19 in the DRC through communication for behavior change during and after the epidemic” worth Eur.2 million (US$2.17 million).