- Aug 9, 2020
Moná Toirésa Ó Loideáin Rochelle, a Boston Irish Catholic, is a published poet that volunteers for Catholic Relief Services. She has written a poem about the contradictions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in Africa.
A year after Congo’s new president pledged to restore democracy and stability, the country’s Catholic leaders said the country faces being broken up by prolonged violence.
Catholic bishops in eastern Congo urged better government protection for local communities, which staged a day of strikes for victims of recent violence.
Congo’s new cardinal will use his position to highlight Africa’s problems, while also bringing a lifelong passion for human rights to the international stage, said Catholic associates.
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.
Six bishops from the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have recognized the election of Felix Tshisekedi as the nation’s president, following an election disputed by the national bishops’ conference and other observers.