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Another diocese in Congo steps up efforts against Ebola

WARSAW, Poland |A Catholic diocese in Congo has boosted measures to protect its congregations against Ebola, after the latest outbreak was declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization. “The Goma Diocese is joining the general preoccupation with preventive precautions,” said a statement issued by Msgr. Jacques Letakamba, diocesan chancellor. “Washing will now be… Read more »

Church leaders, aid agencies visiting Congo’s Ebola outbreak areas

CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Visits by church leaders to Ebola-affected communities in Congo are helping prevention efforts, while the urban nature of the latest outbreak of the deadly virus is of greatest concern, the country’s bishops said. Katherine Overcamp of Catholic Relief Services said Coadjutor Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa has been visiting… Read more »

Catholic priest in Congo shot dead; kidnapped priest released, unharmed

ARU, Congo | A Catholic priest was shot dead in Congo shortly after celebrating Mass. U.N. radio in Congo reported April 9 that Father Etienne Nsengiunva, a priest in Kitchanga, was shot at point-blank range April 8. Father Emmanuel Kapitula, vicar of the parish in Kitchanga, said an armed man entered the room where Father… Read more »

Congo’s bishops: Two killed during protests against ‘dictatorship’

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s bishops said a young Catholic was killed at point-blank range and another was shot dead while trying to return home from anti-government protests. The protests, organized by the church’s Lay Coordination Committee, were designed to be peaceful marches “to say no to dictatorship,” said a statement on the bishops’ website Feb…. Read more »

Catholics urged to join pope in prayers for South Sudan, Congo Feb. 23

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encouraged Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis Feb. 23 for a special day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan. “Tragically, violent conflict rages in both nations” and “innocent families suffer” in both countries,… Read more »

Prayer for peace in Congo, South Sudan a call to action, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, a Vatican official said. In an article for L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect… Read more »

4.5 million displaced in Congo ‘struggling to survive,’ says aid worker

WASHINGTON | Just as people are “struggling to survive” in Congo, aid agencies are struggling to meet their needs, said one aid worker. Political unrest in and around the capital, Kinshasa, is just the latest malady to afflict the Congolese citizens, said Chiara Nava, an adviser to the AVSI Foundation, an aid agency focusing on… Read more »

Bishops defend Congo church’s role in ‘actions affecting politics’

KINSHASA, Congo | The Congolese bishops’ conference defended its “engagement in actions affecting politics” in a Feb. 1 website statement, following church talks with a delegation from the Southern African Development Community. “The church here is often asked to act as arbitrator or reconciler, to enable politicians to meet and discuss questions about our national… Read more »

Congolese official denies ordering police to stop cathedral Mass

ARU, Congo | A provincial governor denied allegations by Catholic Church authorities that he ordered police to prevent the celebration of Mass Jan. 21. Alphonse Ngoyi Kasanji, who heads the government in Kasai Oriental, challenged the clergy accusing him to provide evidence of their claims. United Nations Radio reported Jan. 30 that Catholic clergy in… Read more »

Congo’s bishops criticize excessive force to break up protests

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s bishops condemned the “excessive and disproportionate use of force” by security forces that dispersed protesters demanding President Joseph Kabila hold fresh elections in line with a church-brokered accord. In a Jan. 22 report, the bishops’ conference said “peaceful marches” had been “violently repressed and smothered with tear gas and bursts of… Read more »