- Feb 17, 2020
While most oil-exporting countries in Africa have blamed falling oil prices to explain their worsening economic situation, the bishops of the Republic of Congo have called such arguments “simplistic.”
A Catholic bishop from the Republic of Congo lamented that persistent corruption and poverty have left many priests hungry and ill while the country’s wealth remains dominated by a “handful of the rich and powerful.”
Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin paid tribute to Father Alain-Florent Gandoulou, the head of the archdiocese’s French-speaking ministry who was murdered in his office.
Participants at a meeting of central African bishops this week recommended inter-religious dialogue as the way forward for the sub-region. They also reiterated claims that the death of Cameroonian Bishop Jean-Marie Benoît Balla was not a suicide, but that he was “brutally assassinated.”
Although some issues facing the Catholic Church are global, such as the fall out from Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ others are more local, and the holiday season gave Catholic leaders a chance to voice those more local concerns.