- Oct 30, 2020
Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to again get involved in ending a political deadlock in the country. She said that every day that passes without elections, a woman is raped, a child has an unwanted pregnancy, and children are forced to be soldiers.
When we turn on the TV we see tragedies that push us to lose hope, such as the deaths in Barcelona and the Democratic Republic of Congo or the plight of children and refugees, but Christian hope rests in looking toward Heaven, where our Father will wipe away our tears and bring us into the fold, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience.
Two priests in the troubled North Kivu province in Congo were kidnapped by armed men who also looted a nearby convent. Local bishops have urged security agencies to try and help the priests and bring them back safely, though three priests who were kidnapped in 2012 were never found.
According to this Congolese priest your cellphone foments war and conflict in the Congo. The global demand for “conflict minerals” used to build cellphones and similar devices benefits from bloodshed in countries where looters exploit and usurp the territory.
Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo criticized the lack of sincere political will during the latest round of negotiations to regain stability in the country. The bishops had enough after all parties were pulling back from a decision they had previously agreed on.
Bishop Tharcisse Tshibangu, now 80, served as Africa’s lone theological expert at the Second Vatican Council, and he’s given his life to the quest for an African Catholic theology that’s both authentically universal but also authentically, and vibrantly, African.