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

Feb 14, 2018

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

Feb 4, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Jan 24, 2018

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

Jan 17, 2018

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

Candlelight vigil.

Cardinal condemns deadly attacks on DRC protesters

Jan 4, 2018

A Catholic cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo has strongly condemned security forces’ attacks on protesters amid deadly political... Read more

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

Eight dead in crackdown on church-organized protests of DRC president

Jan 3, 2018

Eight people were killed and more than 120 were arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during church-organized protests... Read more

Children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The devastating but little-noticed DRC refugee crisis

Dec 8, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Every day, thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are forced to flee their homes.  Read more

Congolese President Joseph Kabila

Congolese bishops urge President Kabila to announce peaceful transfer of power

Nov 28, 2017

Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have requested that President Joseph Kabila affirm that he will not claim... Read more

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

Pope prays for peace, victims of war in Congo and South Sudan

Nov 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Pope... Read more

Bishops plea for two priests abducted in DRC

Jul 18, 2017

Gunmen have abducted two Catholic priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the country’s bishops to plead that the... Read more

Southern DRC violence has left more than 3,000 dead

Jun 20, 2017

More than 3,300 people have been killed since October alone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, said... Read more

In DRC, political uncertainty after bishops withdraw from peace talks

Mar 29, 2017

Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops’ withdrawal... Read more

Catholic priests, religious face wave of violence in DR Congo

Mar 17, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Following recent attempts at brokering peace between the government and political opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo... Read more

Damage at the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Malole seminary, which was struck by arson Feb. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

In DR Congo, an upsurge of violence against the Church

Feb 22, 2017

In the wake of an attack on a Catholic seminary, the leader of the Church in the Democratic Republic of... Read more

How the Catholic Church could help the crisis in the DRC

Dec 6, 2016

In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.  Read more

Nun at the prayer vigil for consecrated life in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2016.

Nun killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

Dec 2, 2016

A nun in the Democratic Republic of Congo was murdered earlier this week by unknown suspects in an apparent robbery,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Gyumri, Armenia, June 25, 2016.

Pope prays for massacre victims in DRC

Aug 15, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis marked the feast of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the... Read more

Gunmen kill Congolese priest who reported on atrocities

Mar 23, 2016

A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday... Read more

Joseph Kabila, who has been president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2001, and is seeking to remove his constitutional term limit.

For DRC bishops, end to president's term limit would be 'a step backward'

Oct 22, 2014

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines has written to the US state department urging that it support efforts of the... Read more