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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A man receives an Ebola vaccine in Goma, DCR on July 15, 2019.

Ebola outbreak in DRC an international health emergency, WHO declares

The nearly year-long Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reached the level of an international health... Read more

A health worker wears protective gear at a health screening facility in a Ugandan town bordering DRC.

Amid Uganda Ebola scare, Catholic aid group is ready to help

Catholic Relief Services is monitoring the health situation in Uganda, following two confirmed deaths from the Ebola virus.  Read more

Death toll in DRC Ebola outbreak reaches 1,000

The Ebola outbreak that began last August in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now claimed more than 1,000... Read more

Felix Tshisekedi, newly-inaugurated DRC president, delivers a speech Jan. 24, 2019.

Six DRC bishops recognize election of Tshisekedi as president

Six bishops from the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have recognized the election of Felix Tshisekedi... Read more

DRC opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu (L) files an appeal at the Constitutional Court in Kinshasa, Jan. 12, 2019.

Church in DRC urges pressure on electoral commission over disputed vote

After a disputed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation's bishops have asked the UN Security... Read more

Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Catholics in DR Congo continue to press for credible elections

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares to hold a general election in December, after a two-year delay, Catholics... Read more

Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who announced Aug. 8 he will not seek re-election in December.

As Kabila steps down, Catholics in DR Congo continue push for democracy

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced this week that he will step down after 17 years... Read more

Ebola epicentre with workers in Africa.

Catholic priest in DRC quarantined as Ebola outbreak continues

A Catholic priest has contracted the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid a continuing outbreak that began... Read more

Delivery of medical kits for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

How Catholic Relief Services is helping amid DRC Ebola outbreak

After 26 confirmed deaths have been attributed to the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Catholic Relief Services... Read more

US bishops urge day of prayer and fasting for peace in DRC, S Sudan

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged Catholics to join Pope Francis Feb. 23 in a Day of Prayer... Read more

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Nov. 23, 2017.

Pope announces day of prayer, fasting for Congo and South Sudan

On Sunday Pope Francis announced that the first Friday of Lent would be a day of prayer and fasting for... Read more

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who has been in office since 2001.

Congolese cardinal denounces violent crackdown on protesters

After security forces killed at least six people participating in Church-organized protests this weekend, the Archbishop of Kinshasa has likened... Read more

Bishop: Congo 'gained heroes' when protesters shed blood

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo held a memorial Mass Friday for protesters killed last month while... Read more