In Congo, repression of Christians must stop
Since January, law enforcement have been firing live bullets on parishes tareting not only Catholic faithful, but also priests and bishops. There are many dead, several hundreds wounded, a bishop was kidnapped and a Protestant pastor is missing!
For more than a month, Christians (mostly Catholics) have been demonstrating peacefully with prayers and rosaries. They demand the application of the rule of law in the DRC. The repression is all the more fierce ...
For example, on January 21, 2018, Congolese police fired live ammunition in several cities across the country on peaceful protesters. That day, 7 were confirmed dead and more than 50 wounded.
"Today, very disturbing news comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pray for the Congo, "said the Holy Father.
On January 23, the influential Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo stated that "power for power or power for the integral development of the people, in peace, justice and truth? We want the force of the law to reign and not the law of force. "
Since February 2018, Protestants have also been victims of repression. The Church of Christ of the Congo has no news from Pastor François David Ekofo.
Let us support DRC Christians facing the violent repression of which they are victims!
Joseph Kabila has been in power since 2001, and the end of his last term was to end on December 20, 2016. He can not run for another term, but he can remain in power until his successor is elected.
In the DRC, there are more than 40% of Catholics, but also Protestants. In many territories, the state does not perform its role, it is the church that is superimposed on the state, since the state is very structured and appreciated by the population.
The Congolese Church has a liturgy of its own, adapted to the local culture, and this is recognized by the Holy See.
In the Kivu region, where the state is absent, the Church runs schools, clinics and helps women in their daily lives, especially those who are victims of rape.
"In Europe, after centuries of Christian culture, society is imbued with the values of Christianity, like the search for the common good, but you have forgotten God! While at home, where the Catholic Church is very young, the sacred is very present, but it is the values that are missing "explained Francis Xavier Maroy, the Archbishop of Bukavu.
The Catholic Church has been at the forefront of defending the rights of the Congolese people. It inspires other denominations such as worshipers of the revival churches, Muslims and members of other local churches.
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In Congo, Christian Persecution must stop!