5th April 2020

Kinshasa, DR Congo: Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu Succeeds Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo

Bishop Fridolin Ambongo, Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa, was elevated to the post of Archbishop of Kinshasa on Thursday, November 1st. He succeeds Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. A Vatican statement released Thursday indicates that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa. On 6 February, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of … Read more

Basankusu, DR Congo: Inauguration of New Cathedral – Video Impressions

Six years of construction, the new Basankusu Catholic Cathedral replaces a brick cathedral built in the 1940s. People travelled from far and wide to see the inauguration. All Basankusu, Catholic and non-catholic alike, joined in the festivities. Francis Hannaway mhm Six years of construction, the new Basankusu Catholic Cathedral replaces a brick cathedral built in the 1940s. People travelled from far and wide to see … Read more

DR Congo: Bishops Warn Elections may again be Postponed

“Kabila uses instability as a weapon for keeping his people essentially at the mercy of his regime. It gives him a blank check for state-of-emergency designation that he can wield to either suspend the December elections or cancel them altogether. As civilians lose more and more faith in a government that does nothing to protect them, the government increases its control over the fate of … Read more

Butembo, DR Congo: Naked Despair – Prophetic Action

Panic in town Sunday, September 16. A visitor announces herself. As I open the door she is looking at her smartphone in deep concentration. “A ‘MaiMai’ (local militia) attack has just started on Butembo,” she says bewildered. “The photos are already on the internet”. Totally taken by surprise we look at an endless series of photos of 7 naked people, a woman and her baby … Read more

DR Congo: Dr Denis Mukwege awarded Nobel Peace Prize together with Nadia Murad

The man who mends women. In 2013 Jeffrey Gentleman wrote the following article in the New York Times. At the end of the article the editor has added the latest news about this extraordinary man who has been referred to as ‘The Miracle Doctor’. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Sakharov Human Rights prize and has been repeatedly tipped as a favourite to win … Read more

DR Congo: On Being an Agent of Change and a Disciple of Christ

I revisit all the experiences I have had with the many young people who visit our centre. I am amazed by the potential they show. At the same time, I share the concerns of many young people whose future is still caged by the bleak socio-political and economic situation in my country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. I see in their eyes a permanent look … Read more

DR Congo: Catholic Church Keeps up Pressure on Elections

“The insistence of the National Bishops’ Conference of the Congo on the St. Sylvester Agreement and the pressure exerted by the Lay Catholic Committee of Coordination undoubtedly influenced Kabila’s decision not to stand for re-election in the presidential election. Kabila’s last presidential mandate came to an end two years ago but he has remained in power. In order to force him to hold transparent elections … Read more

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