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Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Says Mining “predators” Behind Country’s Poor Masses

The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried high levels of poverty in the Central African nation and blamed the people’s woes on individuals enriching themselves on the country’s vast natural resources.

“Reset the clock before it is too late,” Nigerian Prelate to President on Independence Day

A Nigerian Bishop has, in his Independence Day message shared with ACI Africa, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the ideals of his predecessors and chart a new path for progress, resetting “the clock before it is too late.”

Nigeria's Independence Anniversary.

On Nigeria's Independence Day, Bishops Say, “It's difficult to ask Nigerians to celebrate"

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary, highlighted multiple challenges bedeviling the West African nation saying the country is “in great distress” and that there seems to be nothing to celebrate about.

Independence Day in Nigeria.

“Even after sixty years independent Nigeria is still a mirage”: Bishop Reflects

On the eve of the celebration of 60 years since Nigeria gained its independence from the British, a Catholic Bishop has given a negative assessment of progress in the West African country, describing it as “a mirage,” grappling with “multiplicity of problems.”

Bishops in Nigeria lead protest march against violence and extremism.

Nigerian Prelate Says Government’s Best Attempt in Fighting Crisis “not good enough”

Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has criticized the government’s tactics in fighting religious extremism, toxic politics, corruption and other vices that threaten to bring the west African country on its knees, saying that the country could do more in asserting its leadership role on the continent.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja during a prayer and penance for peace and security in Nigeria on March 1, 2020.

40-Day Prayer “for God to save Nigeria” Announced, to End on Eve of Independence Day

Against the background of persistent insecurity in Nigeria, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced a 40-day prayer period during which God’s intervention will be sought for an end to the security crisis that has been described as “genocide”.

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.