DR Congo: When Insecurity Translates into Persecution
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DR Congo: When Insecurity Translates into Persecution

According to the Local Ordinary of Bukavu, seven Parishes, a school, a health center and a Convent were attacked between March and October 2021, in the towns of Karhale, Ciherano, Burhiba, Cahi, Nyamugo, Kadutu, Kanyamulande, Mugogo and Cirirri, the last of these having been attacked last week, on October 6.  “The consequences of all these…

DR Congo: Catholic Church Weighs in to Ensure Credible Elections
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DR Congo: Catholic Church Weighs in to Ensure Credible Elections

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks to support democracy by ensuring an inclusive, credible and peaceful general elections in 2023, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Central African nation has said. Speaking to journalists Wednesday, October 6 after an audience with the President of the National Assembly, Christophe Mboso, Archbishop Ettore…

Belgium – DR Congo: Coming to Terms with Colonial Past
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Belgium – DR Congo: Coming to Terms with Colonial Past

Between 1885 and as late as 1958 – two years before the Congo declared independence from Belgium – men, women and children were shipped from the Congo to be put on show in Belgium’s major cities. Many of those brought over to be displayed by the colonialists would die on the way or on arrival…

DR Congo: Cardinal’s Residence Targeted by Vandals
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DR Congo: Cardinal’s Residence Targeted by Vandals

“In the morning of Sunday, 1 August 2021, we noticed with great pain that a group of unidentified persons violently stormed the residence of His Eminence Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa, chanting and making derogatory remarks against the Cardinal,” Fr. Georges Njila says August 1. Fr. Njila adds, “We strongly condemn this irresponsible…

Marriage of a Traditional Chief in Mill Hill Missionary Run Parish, Kinshasa
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Marriage of a Traditional Chief in Mill Hill Missionary Run Parish, Kinshasa

Church wedding has been a Sacrament which many Christians in our parish (St. François de Paul/Mose – Kinshasa) hardly think of. Teenager pregnancy has been a cancer which has destroyed the future of many girls. The majority of them give birth as early as age fourteen. This means that the number of single parents is…

DR Congo: Government Lifts Moratorium on Forest Exploitation
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DR Congo: Government Lifts Moratorium on Forest Exploitation

The country director of Rainforest Foundation Norway in the DRC, Kevin Siasia, said that the decision of the Congolese government to lift the moratorium on forest concessions in force in the DRC since 2002 was taken in haste. In an interview with Radio Okapi on Friday, July 24, Kevin Siasia said that lifting the moratorium…

DR Congo: Full Report Ordination of Guylain Agbasoa MHM
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DR Congo: Full Report Ordination of Guylain Agbasoa MHM

On the 18th of July, 2021, many Christians of the Diocese of Basankusu witnessed and celebrated a happy event: the ordination of our confrère Guylain Agbasoa MHM. The ordination took place at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, Basankusu.  Guylain was ordained along with two diocesan deacons who became priests and two seminarians who were…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Ordination of Guylain Agbasoa MHM
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Ordination of Guylain Agbasoa MHM

Agbasoa Guylain Agbasoa was ordained priest on 18th July 2021 in Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, Diocese of Basankusu by Joseph- Bernard Likolo, Bishop of Lisala in the absence – for medical reasons – of the local ordinary bishop Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku of Basankusu. Guylain has been appointed to Fundong, Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon….

DR Congo: Death of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo.  R.I.P.
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DR Congo: Death of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo. R.I.P.

The influential Archbishop Emeritus of Kinshasa, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, a critical voice of successive regimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, died Sunday near Paris at the age of 81, after having long played a leading political role. Bishop Monsengwo was evacuated Monday in France “in critical condition», According to his diocese, for appropriate…

Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred
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Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred

For many years, ever since I heard of its inauguration, I have felt a strong desire to visit the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ in the Belgian hamlet of Gentinnes, but somehow a suitable occasion never seemed to materialise. For too long it remained a dream deferred. Until, that is to say, towards the end of last month,…

DR Congo: Investigation into security in East – an Eyewitness Account
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DR Congo: Investigation into security in East – an Eyewitness Account

While trying to understand the objectives of the ADFs, the hypothesis of Islamization is not often heard on the streets or in political debates and in the media. The hypotheses that is heard the most are those of the territorial occupation by the Rwandans, the Balkanization of the country, the illegal exploitation of natural resources,…