Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Aug 9, 2021 / 03:00 am
Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have condemned recent attacks on the Church and its leaders.
In an Aug. 2 statement, members of the standing committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (known by its French acronym CENCO) said that the targeted attacks violated the principle of freedom of worship.
They highlighted cases of desecration in the south-central Diocese of Mbujimayi, the storming of Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo’s residence in the capital, Kinshasa, and the uttering of derogatory remarks against the cardinal by an official.
“CENCO strongly condemns these inadmissible acts of violence which are a serious attack on freedom of religion and expression, but also a violation of democracy,” they said.