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DR Congo: Wave of attacks on Catholic churches and properties
DR Congo: Wave of attacks on Catholic churches and properties

A wave of violent attacks on Catholic churches and property has taken place in DR Congo over the last week. On 18 and 19 February there were incidents at the major seminary of Malole in Kananga, in Central Kasai and St Dominic Parish in Limete, in the capital Kinshasa. During the night between 21 and 22 February, unknown persons vandalized the parish of Santa Maria of Lukalaba, in Eastern Kasai, while another group attempted to loot the parishes of St Robert Kansele and Saint Albert le Grand

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DR Congo: A spring of water welling up in glorious Kinshasa
DR Congo: A spring of water welling up in glorious Kinshasa

A contemplative community of religious Sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who pray for persecuted Christians will have their future ensured by a new well - after a chronic shortage of water threatened their survival. "We didn't know how we were going to survive after the collapse of our old well a year ago," Sr Mahele Mwamini, the Prioress of the Discalced Carmelites at the Glorious Saint Joseph Convent, Kinshasa, told Aid to the Church in Need.

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DR Congo: Franciscan nun killed
DR Congo: Franciscan nun killed

A Franciscan nun was killed in DR Congo last week. Sr Marie-Claire Kahambu was killed in Bukavu as she worked in her office at a girls' training centre that she was running. According to Jimmy Ndumba of 'Beni Lubero Online', two men wielding knives, on the afternoon of 29 November, scaled the wall of the Mater Dei Parish, burst into the office of Sr Marie Claire and stabbed her several times before running away with some money belonging to the centre. The attack was described as an"odious crime committed against a peaceful and defenceless servant of God."

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DR Congo: ICMC's Secretary General speaks about dignity of refugees
DR Congo: ICMC's Secretary General speaks about dignity of refugees

In his first solidarity visit as the International Catholic Migration Commission's Secretary General, Mgr Robert J Vitillo participated in the Regional Conference on Human Mobility in the Great Lakes Countries, held in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his speech addressed to the Catholic Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, he underlined the urgent challenges posed to the global human family and to the Catholic Church, by the massive numbers of people on the move.

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DR Congo: Caritas driver killed in road ambush
DR Congo: Caritas driver killed in road ambush

A driver for Caritas has been killed in a road ambush near Uvira in South Kivu. The incident occurred on March 25, when a Caritas vehicle in Uvira, taking the salaries of teachers in the Fizi Territory, was blocked near Lubumba bridge about 40 km from Uvira. The bandits forced the driver to get out of the vehicle before killing him with a shot to the head. He died while he was being transported to hospital. The other passenger, the accounting officer of Caritas, was injured in the hand. She was then released by the bandits who stole 194 million

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DR Congo: Gunmen kill priest who denounced corruption
DR Congo: Gunmen kill priest who denounced corruption

An Assumption priest, Fr Vincent Machozi, who for several years documented human rights abuses in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was murdered on Sunday night by armed gunmen, shortly after he posted an online article denouncing the involvement of the Congolese and Rwandan presidents in the massacres of innocent civilians. A native of eastern Congo and a School of Theology student from 2006 to 2012, Fr Machozi worked closely with the Boston University (BU) Pardee School of Global Studies African Studies

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DR Congo: Priest seriously injured in road ambush
DR Congo: Priest seriously injured in road ambush

A priest from the Order of the Clerics Regular Minor (Adorno Fathers) was seriously injured in a road ambush on Sunday, 20 March, in Katwiguru, 30km from Rutshuru in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Father Jonas serves in the parish in Nyamilima. He was on his way to celebrate Mass when, at around 7am, his car was attacked by armed men, presumably guerrillas of the FDLR, at the entrance of the village of Katwiguru.

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DR Congo: Nine year olds being trained as terrorists
DR Congo: Nine year olds being trained as terrorists

Jihadist camps made up of nearly 1,500 children as young as nine have been uncovered in central Africa, according to reports received by a leading Catholic charity at work in the region. Sources close to Aid to the Church in Need - who cannot be named for security reasons - stated that poverty-stricken youngsters are being lured off the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo and taken to remote camps where they are being brutalised and indoctrinated by Islamist militia.

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DR Congo: More than 7,000 Burundian refugees arrive in  South Kivu
DR Congo: More than 7,000 Burundian refugees arrive in South Kivu

A new refugee crisis is developing in DR Congo as more than 4,000 refugees from Burundi have been welcomed in Uvira area in the past week, local Church sources report. Uvira is located in South Kivu, in eastern DRC, and overlooks Lake Tanganyika. The capital of Burundi is located about 15 km from the Congolese city. The Burundians are fleeing their country for fear that the crisis caused by the protests against the third term of President Pierre Nkurunziza, could escalate into a wave of violence, or worse, into a new civil war.

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DR Congo: Priest killed in robbery
DR Congo: Priest killed in robbery

A priest in DR Congo was killed in an apparent attempted robbery on 25 February. Father Jean-Paul Kakule Kyalembera, was treasurer of the parish of Mweso. Mgr Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka, Bishop of Goma, said: "The priest was closing the doors of the church when he discovered one or more gunmen who were hiding somewhere. The criminals fired without hesitation, hitting him in the abdomen and head. Fr Kakule died immediately". Mgr Kaboy added that "three suspects have been arrested and are being questioned. The body of Fr Kakule 

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Nun wins major award for work with women refugees in DR Congo
Nun wins major award for work with women refugees in DR Congo
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that this year’s Nansen Refugee Award (NRC) goes to Sister Angelique Namaika, an Augustinian nun who works in the remote north east region of DR Congo with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The award ceremony will take place in Geneva on 30 September. Through her Centre for Reintegration and Development (CRAD) the Sister has helped transform the lives of more than 2000 displaced women and girls
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Caritas welcomes arms trade treaty
Caritas welcomes arms trade treaty
Caritas has welcomed the approval of the first global arms treaty at the United Nations. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) comes after over six years of diplomatic talks. It means states are prohibited from exporting conventional weapons in violation of arms embargoes, or weapons that would be used for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or terrorism. “It has been a long and complex journey but we hail this move which will make the international arms trade more transparent and accountable,”
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Pope appeals for end to violence in DR Congo
Pope appeals for end to violence in DR Congo
Following the morning's catechesis during his General Audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father launched an appeal to the international community for an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pope Benedict said: "Troubling news continues to arrive regarding the grave humanitarian crisis in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which for months now has been the scene of armed conflict and violence". "A large part of the population lacks even the most basic means of support and thousands
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Congo: Church aids survivors of Brazzaville explosion
Congo: Church aids survivors of Brazzaville explosion
The death toll continues to rise in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, following a series of catastrophic explosions in an ammunition store on Sunday,  which destroyed buildings in a four km radius. The Catholic Church is providing medical aid for the injured and food and shelter for more than 2,000 people who have lost their homes. The Nunciature of Brazzaville said
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New report documents brutal experience of refugees deported to DR Congo
New report documents brutal experience of refugees deported to DR Congo
A shocking new report documents the post return experience of 17 Congolese men and women who were forcibly removed to DR Congo from the UK between 2006 and 2011.  Eleven of these were clients of Justice First a charity working with refused asylum seekers in the Tees Valley.  Nine children were removed with their parents or with their mother.
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DR Congo: Cardinal says election results neither true nor just
DR Congo: Cardinal says election results neither true nor just
The Catholic Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, has condemned election results that have handed DR Congo President Joseph Kabila a new five-year term. According to AFP reports the Cardinal said on Monday: "The results announced by the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) on 9 December comply with neither truth nor justice."
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Congo: priest attacked by soldiers
Congo: priest attacked by soldiers
A Catholic priest was attacked by security forces in North Kivu, DR Congo on Friday night. Fr Pascal Misugho, vicar of the Visiki parish, in the north-eastern Butembo-Beni diocese  was beaten by some soldiers of the regular armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). They also robbed some of his personal belongings, and ransacked the parish building
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DR Congo: metals in cell phones financing brutal war
DR Congo: metals in cell phones financing brutal war
Metals found in everyday electronic items, such as mobile phones and computers are being mined illegally in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and funding a conflict that has caused millions of deaths, says Global Witness.
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Jesuits warn, war in Congo is having catastrophic impact on children
Jesuit Refugee Services has expressed deep concern over the humanitarian catastrophe in the North Kivu,
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Congo: aid workers warn of catastrophe
Missionaries and aid agencies working in northern DR Congo have warned that the humanitarian situation in North Kivu is one of
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DR Congo: Holy See calls for end to violence, urges dialogue
As thousands of people continue to flee eastern Congo despite a unilateral ceasefire announced by the rebels,
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DR Congo: Caritas seeks urgent funds to help refugees
The consortium of Catholic charity and development organizations, Caritas Internationalis, has launched an emergency appeal for USD1.5 million to help
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