Pope Francis: Congolese Rite a Model for Other Churches
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Pope Francis: Congolese Rite a Model for Other Churches

“The Congolese rite of the Eucharistic celebration is certainly the fruit of missionary preaching under the African sun and which was collected at dawn. In its triple fidelity to the faith and to the apostolic tradition, to the intimate nature of the Catholic liturgy itself, and finally to the religious genius and the African and…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Bishop Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku Pays Tribute to Fr Harry Reusen
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Bishop Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku Pays Tribute to Fr Harry Reusen

In a letter addressed to Fr John Kirwan MHM, Bishop Joseph Mokobe Njoku writes: Good evening, dear Father John and thank you for your message about the death of our dear Father Harry REUSEN, mhm. You warned us about it. This sad news reached us from Kinshasa yesterday, in the afternoon, by a telephone call…

DR Congo: Logo and Motto of Prospective Papal Visit – ‘All Reconciled in Jesus Christ’
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DR Congo: Logo and Motto of Prospective Papal Visit – ‘All Reconciled in Jesus Christ’

Vatican officials explain the symbolism of the logo that “features a map of the African country with the contours in the design displaying the colors of the flag.” “The map also has graphics showing the earth’s biodiversity and has an open border to the west as a sign of the warm welcome given to this…

DR Congo: A Fascinating Story about Peatlands, Logging and Climate Change
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DR Congo: A Fascinating Story about Peatlands, Logging and Climate Change

Lokolama, home to a few dozen families deep in the equatorial forest, sits in a glade on a rough track road. There, the earth can be plowed for fields of cassava. As you walk into the forest, though, the soil turns to mud and swamp. Five years ago, foreign researchers arrived in Lokolama and asked…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Celebrating the Centenary of the Parish of Simba
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Celebrating the Centenary of the Parish of Simba

Celebrating the Centenary of the evangelization of the Parish of Saint Joseph SIMBA in the Diocese of Basankusu The sun rose in the east of the Diocese and its light spread over all the Bongando people; This is how I can summarize the story of the proclamation of the Good News in the parish of…

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo on Protecting the World’s Second Largest Rainforest
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DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo on Protecting the World’s Second Largest Rainforest

“It is certainly impossible to avoid the use of products from nature in general and the Congo Basin in particular. However, it is entirely possible to coordinate and rationalize action on nature and especially on the Congo Basin in order to return this universal heritage to its original name of beauty and improve its capacity…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Space of Remembrance
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Space of Remembrance

Bishop Joseph Mokobe has inaugurated a “Space of Remembrance” in memory of his three predecessors, namely, Bishop Gerard Wantenaar (1924-1951), Bishop Willem van Kester (1952-1974), and Bishop Ignace Matondo Kwa Nzambi (1975-1998).  He talked with emotion praising the nature of their commitment to the Diocese.  He admired their enthusiasm, simple lifestyle and their zeal for…

Liturgical Inculturation in Congo Shows Gifts of the Spirit – Pope Francis
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Liturgical Inculturation in Congo Shows Gifts of the Spirit – Pope Francis

The Zaire Use is an inculturated Mass formally approved in 1988 for the dioceses of what was then known as the Republic of Zaire, now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa.  The only inculturated Eucharistic celebration approved after the Second Vatican Council, it was developed following a call for adaptation of the liturgy in “Sacrosanctum…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Parish of Baringa Inaugurates New Chapel
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Parish of Baringa Inaugurates New Chapel

The opening and the blessing of the new Chapel in Baringa on September 6th, 2020 by Mgr Joseph Mokobe, Bishop of Basankusu, has marked a new dawn for the parish, and is a sign of hope. Yet, the occasion raised mixed feelings. On the one hand there was sadness as people could watch or stand…

DR Congo: The Plight of Victims of Sexual- Based Violence
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DR Congo: The Plight of Victims of Sexual- Based Violence

mong the victims who have sought refuge at the medical center is an unnamed woman who survived a “horrific experience” while working in her farm with her daughter and a cousin. On the fateful day, one of the armed groups operating in the region attacked her village. “Five men appeared at her farm. They demanded…