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Trocaire supports hygiene and sanitation projects in Mabukulu Village in Eastern DR Congo./ Credit: Garry Walsh/Trocaire /

Bishops in Ireland Offer Financial Support to Victims of DR Congo’s Volcanic Eruption

Catholic Bishops in Ireland have, through their overseas development agency, Trócaire, facilitated the procurement and distribution of food to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees seeking shelter in Rwanda after the eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo. 

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 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 Concerns 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.

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.

Logo of the Diocese of Goma/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Appeal for Support for Victims of Volcanic Eruption

The Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are appealing for support to reach out to thousands of people displaced from Goma, a city in the Eastern region of the country that experienced a volcanic eruption last month.

Eruption of the volcanic Mount Nyirangongo on the eastern frontier of the the Republic of the Congo.Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Goma Residents in DR Congo “preparing for the worst” amid Earth Tremors: Catholic Nun

There is a mounting humanitarian crisis in areas around the city of Goma on the Eastern frontier of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo and the subsequent earth tremors that have left people fearing for the worst.

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.”

Residents fleeing Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Goma/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

A Double Whammy of Volcanic Tremors and Militant Threats in DR Congo

There is mounting confusion in Goma, a city in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that recently experienced a volcanic eruption where residents are unable to decide between fleeing and staying put, away from militants who are situated outside the city.

Lava from Mount Nyiragongo in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo/ Courtesy Photo /

Tension, Vigilance in Goma, DR Congo amid Tremors from Volcanic Eruption: Catholic Officer

Tension is still high in Goma, a city in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that is experiencing earth tremors as the aftermath of a volcanic eruption that rocked the city over the weekend.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku ordaining a Priest. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

“We are in a state of utter misery”: Catholic Bishop on Human Right Violations in DR Congo

The Bishop of Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Butembo-Beni Diocese has denounced terror attacks and far-reaching human rights violations that seem to target Christians in the East of the country, a region covered by his episcopal see. 

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.

Bishop Donatien Bafuidinsoni of DR Congo's Inongo Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Bishop in DR Congo Cautions Regional Politicians against “sterile quarrels and debates”

The Bishop of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Inongo Diocese has cautioned politicians in the Province of Mai-Ndombe that is within his episcopal see against the tendency to engage in “sterile quarrels and debates.”

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.

The national Congolese Bishops’ Conference calculates that there have been over 6,000 people killed in Beni since 2013. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

“Mosques are springing up everywhere,” Congolese Bishop Says amid Fear of Islamization

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been engulfed in a cloud of fear owing to the increasing attacks that target Christians in what a Catholic Bishop in the Central African country has described as a path towards Islamization, also seen in the mushrooming of mosques.

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).

A Carmelite Sister at a Convent in the Ecclesiastical province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

Catholic Charity Supports Nuns at Convent Destroyed in DR Congo Violence

For nearly five years, Carmelite Sisters in the Ecclesiastical Province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have stayed at premises that were looted and partly destroyed in violence that wreaked havoc in the Central African country between 2016 and 2017.

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.