- Sep 21, 2020
Pope Francis’s call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, Cardinal Peter Turkson said.
Catholics in South Asia have joined Pope Francis in praying for the Church in Congo and South Sudan on Feb. 23.
Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have said they are united with the people of the country: “We share their joys and hopes, their sorrows and fears.”
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encouraged Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis Feb. 23 for a special day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan.
Congo’s president held a rare press conference Friday in response to international condemnation of the violent treatment of Catholic Church members and activists protesting his prolonged stay in power.
As uncertainty over the political future of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues, the country’s bishops are now seeking the intervention of Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso.