- Jul 4, 2020
Congo’s bishops said territory in the east of the country is being ceded to violent extremists, who are using the lack of government control to massacre civilians and plunder resources.
A leading Catholic prelate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has warned the country’s new president that “hopelessness is increasingly capturing the hearts” of the country’s citizens.
After a presidential election marred by accusations of large-scale fraud, the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing more trouble in this month’s senatorial and gubernatorial elections.
Congo runner-up Martin Fayulu announced on Friday he will file a court challenge to the presidential election results, while his opposition coalition asserted he actually received 61 percent of the vote according to the findings of the influential Catholic Church’s observers.
Pope Francis has prayed for those suffering from violence and Ebola in Congo, and is urging peaceful elections.
Congo’s top archbishop on Saturday urged peace on the eve of the country’s long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to “light the country on fire.”