Bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Pope Francis is due to visit early next year, have lamented the “serious” state of violence in the country and have called for prayer and fasting, and a special march for peace.
In a Nov. 11 statement at the close of their Nov. 7-9 extraordinary plenary assembly, held in Kinshasa, the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) said the situation “is serious. Our country is in danger!”
“Let’s not Balkanize the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” they said. “From north to south, from east to west, as well as in the diaspora, let us all stand up to safeguard the territorial integrity of our country.”
To this end, they invited Christians and all people of good will “to fast, to pray, to make gestures of solidarity” with those displaced by violence. They also invited faithful “to march peacefully on Sunday December 4th” for an end to the country’s cycle of violence.