- Sep 25, 2020
The bishop of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is urging the faithful to pray for a priest who was kidnapped on Easter Sunday and is being held for ransom.
Congo’s bishops have taken their grievances against the government of President Joseph Kabila to the United Nations, pleading the case for the president to keep his end of a bargain the bishops helped to negotiate in 2016 to end a political crisis in the central African nation.
Catholic leaders welcomed tax hikes on mining multinationals as part of Congo’s new mining code in a show of agreement with the government of embattled President Joseph Kabila.
A murder of a priest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is raising tensions between the government and the Catholic Church, which has led efforts to get President Joseph Kabila not to seek another term as president of the central African country.
Congo’s bishops said a young Catholic was killed at point-blank range and another was shot dead while trying to return home from anti-government protests.
On the day Pope Francis designated for global prayers for peace in South Sudan and Congo, Catholic bishops in South Sudan said their leaders needed help to discern how to “beat their swords into plowshares.”