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Basankusu DR Congo: Ordination Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu MHM

Today, Sunday 20th September 2020, the Catholic community of Basankusu, DR Congo, joyfully celebrated the priestly ordination of Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu MHM together with diocesan candidate Sillas Bangamba Bondola by the local ordinary, bishop Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku. The ordination took place at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul in Basankusu, DR Congo. Two local…

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This is What We Die for: Child Labour in DR Congo Cobalt Mines

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep…

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Our Lady of Stono. Amazing Story of Kongolese Freedom Fighters

September 8 is celebrated by Catholics as the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It should also be honored in a special way by all Americans. Thirty-six years before Patrick Henry issued his famous 1775 call to rebellion—“Give me liberty, or give me death!”—a group of Black Catholics proclaimed the same message,…

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Hunger Games in Congo

Francis Hannaway, from Middlesbrough, England, is working in Basankusu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014, he started working for the treatment of malnourished children. He then set up a treatment centre with a team of 12 local volunteers. He is a former Mill Hill Missionary Associate His story. I live and work in…

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DR Congo: Threats against Peace Nobel Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo on Friday announced drastic measures to protect the doctor and Nobel prize winner Denis Mukwege. The gynecologist had called for a thorough investigation into the massive atrocities and crimes against humanity that took place with impunity in eastern DR Congo between 1993 and 2003. In late August, he had denounced…

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DR Congo: The Effects of Covid-19

The Central African nation has recorded at least 9,538 COVID-19 cases, 8,421 recoveries and 225 related deaths. “Imagine living in a country where everything is imported from outside, now, there is nothing coming in,” CAFOD’s Country Director in DRC, Bernard Balibuno has been quoted as saying in a report published Thursday, August 13. The official continues in…

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DR Congo – Belgium: The Difficulty of Facing up to the Colonial Past

The story is painfully well known to the Congolese. Under King Leopold’s rule, murder, mutilation and slavery were the hallmarks of the pursuit of the era’s most valuable new commodity: rubber. This was needed to replace the old “boneshaker” tyres on bicycles and cars with pneumatic tyres, invented by Dunlop, which allowed a much smoother ride….