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6th April 2020

Basankusu, DR Congo: Mama Mimi Visits the Dentist

“The church bell rings at 5 a.m.” Mama Mimi explained. “I’ll be at your house by half past.” In Basankusu, dentistry is normally do-it-yourself. The conservation group for bonobos, (which are like chimpanzees, only better), had invited a dentist to come along. The conservation village is about half an hour upriver. Although the dentist would be checking-up on the bonobos, she would provide a free … Read more

DR Congo – Holy See Agreement: A New Beginning in Relationships

“With this agreement, we have a legal framework that will henceforth regulate relations between the Catholic Church and the Congolese State, because a legal framework gives rise to the recognition of reciprocal rights and reciprocal obligations and it is in this spirit that we will work to promote the well-being of the Congolese people and also the common good of the Democratic Republic of the … Read more

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Meets President Tshisekedi After Visit to Conflict-Ridden East

“I witnessed a traumatised population” the Cardinal said, adding that “it’s impossible to comprehend how human beings can behave like this towards their own brothers and sisters. As a pastor, this affected me profoundly.” Flashpoint of military conflict The region has been one of the more politically unstable parts of the country, with ongoing conflicts going back to the end of the 90s. Facing each … Read more

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Warns Against Danger of Balkanisation

In his address to journalists at the press conference, Cardinal Ambongo revealed, “There is a balkanization plan that is already underway.” According to the Congolese Church leader, the balkanization plan “concerns the eastern part of the country. There is even a mode of operation in Ituri-Bunia, Butembo-Beni and Rutshuru-Minembwe.” As a way forward, the Archbishop of Kinshasa appealed to the Government to assume its constitutional … Read more

DR Congo: Access to Free Basic Education Irreversible – Bishops

For nearly 30 years, it has been the duty of parents to contribute to the salaries of teachers in the DRC, a policy that made it difficult for many parents to keep their children in school. Speaking on behalf of the Bishops of CENCO, Fr. Nshole recalled, “In their message of June 2019, the Bishops members of CENCO, who had already in 2004 exercised the … Read more

Kinshasa, DR Congo, Floods: Concerned Mill Hill Missionary Sends out Appeal for Help

Greetings from Kinshasa, where we are starting a new mission with the hope of establishing a formation house as well. In Kingabwa one of the outskirts of Kinshasa there is a disaster. It is the rainy season here and consequently the water of the river Congo has swollen causing unprecedented flooding. It is the first time that this has happened, say the residents. About 359 … Read more

DR Congo: Interfaith Initiative to Preserve Rain Forest in line with Laudato Sí

“It is in an interreligious context that we will get involved, in the light of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudoto Si, which promotes a culture of respect for forests and the people who live in it,” Archbishop Utembi said in reference to the role expected of religious leaders in the initiative. The interfaith initiative for the preservation of the tropical forests intends to highlight the moral … Read more

DR Congo: Rescuing Minors from Coltan Mining Slavery

The priest recounted one boy he encountered in his ministry, who had escaped the mines and fled hundreds of miles. Starving and grief-stricken, the boy needed someone to listen to him. “After giving him something to eat, he told me about his life,” Milayi recalled. The boy said that his family had been kidnapped from their house by militiamen, who took them to the forest … Read more

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