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Father Léopold Feyen.

Salesian priest stabbed to death in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dec 15, 2023

By Abel Camasca

The Salesian News Agency reported the murder of Father Léopold Feyen in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of... Read more

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, archbishop of Kinshasa, speaks during a press briefing on the Amazon Synod at the Holy See Press Office on Oct. 22, 2019. Speaking at a press conference for the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican on Oct. 7, 2023, the Congolese cardinal said the initiative is providing “new ways to address problems, whatever they are” with “a spirit of synodality.”

Outcome of Synod will be welcomed as the ‘will of God,’ says African cardinal

Oct 7, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Congolese Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu described synodality as “a new way of being a Church.” Read more

Sister Marie-Sylvie Kavuke Vakatsuraki, who was killed in Maboya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Oct. 19, 2022.

Islamist rebels kill nun, six others at Catholic hospital in DR Congo

Oct 21, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic nun serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was among the seven people killed Wednesday evening when... Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the general chapter of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, June 13, 2022.

After postposting Africa trip, Pope Francis says: ‘We will bring Kinshasa to St. Peter’s’

Jun 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope hopes to celebrate Mass for Rome’s Congolese community on July 3. Read more

Pope Francis is pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Pope Francis’ July trip to Africa postponed for health reasons

Jun 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was due to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan on July 2-7. Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir at the Vatican on March 16, 2019.

Pope Francis’ DR Congo and South Sudan itinerary unveiled

May 30, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Pope Francis will visit the African nations on July 2-7. Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019.

Pope Francis to visit Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan

Mar 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope will travel to Kinshasa, Goma, and Juba. Read more

The late Father Richard Masivi Kasereka, C.R.M., at St. Michael the Archangel Kaseghe parish, in the DRC’s Butembo-Beni diocese, on Oct. 31, 2021, when he was installed as pastor.

Catholics pray novena for young priest killed in Congo

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Richard Masivi Kasereka, 36, was killed by armed men on Feb. 2. Read more

Members of the standing committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Catholic bishops in DR Congo ‘strongly condemn’ attacks on Church

Aug 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Incidents include the storming of Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo’s residence. Read more

Daughters of the Resurrection walking in Bukavu,  eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Catholic nun abducted on way to the market in DR Congo set free

Jul 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The nun is “traumatized but physically unharmed.” Read more

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya.

Pope Francis: Late Congolese cardinal was ‘a man of justice, peace, and unity’

Jul 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya died in France on July 11. Read more

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (1939-2021).

Cardinal who spearheaded democratic process in DR Congo dies at age 81

Jul 12, 2021

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya died on July 11. Read more

Catholic bishops in DR Congo worried by killings, forced conversions in east

Apr 9, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Renewed violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has resulted in the killing of civilians... Read more

Sr. Annelvira Ossoli, Sr. Vitarosa Zorza, and Sr. Danielangela Sorti, whose heroic virtues were recognized March 18, 2021. Credit: Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Sainthood causes of three more religious sisters who died in Ebola outbreak advance

Mar 19, 2021

Among the seven clerics and religious whose heroic virtues were recognized by the Vatican on Thursday are three Italian religious... Read more

Pope Francis and a cross during the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis praises ‘exemplary witness’ of Italian ambassador killed in Congo

Feb 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis expressed his condolences on Tuesday after three people were killed in an attack on the United Nations convoy... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass according to the Zaire Use at St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 1, 2019.

Pope Francis: Inculturated Mass shows us the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Dec 1, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Tuesday that inculturated liturgy can teach Catholics to better appreciate the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Read more

Ebola epicentre with workers in Africa.

New Ebola outbreak in DRC prompts Catholic aid

Jul 13, 2020

Caritas Spain has announced that it will donate more than 23,000 euros – about $26,000 – to Caritas in the... Read more

Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni. Courtesy photo.

A tale of two Churches: Young African priest ordained in south Italy

Jul 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr.... Read more

A woman gets her temperature measured at an Ebola screening station as she enters DCR from Rwanda.

Promising clinical trial for Ebola drugs brings hope to DRC

Aug 15, 2019

Scientists are hopeful after a clinical trial of two experimental drugs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) showed... Read more