- Jul 15, 2020
Every year, it’s estimated that over 400,000 women are raped every year in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This Lent, Scottish Catholics are raising money to help the victims of sexual violence in the country.
The Vatican has been making several of the new cardinals in today’s consistory available to the press over the last couple of days, which gave me the opportunity Friday to spend some time with three new Princes of the Church.
Foreign companies working in mineral-rich Congo ought to contribute part of their profits to local development programs, said an official of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference.
People in the Democratic Republic of Congo are “being cautious” after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola crisis a public health emergency of “international concern.”
Catholic church representatives in Congo have urged international action to contain Ebola, after an epidemic in the country’s eastern provinces was declared an emergency by the World Health Organization.
The Congo River basin, which spans six African countries, is coming under pressure, partly due to clearing of the forests for subsistence agriculture, large-scale farming, illegal logging and lack of clear reforestation policies.