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Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

Feb. 02, 2023 12:02 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis led Congo’s young people in a rousing denunciation of political corruption on Thursday, turning an otherwise scripted meeting with church catechists into a rally that shook the capital’s sports stadium. Francis was repeatedly interrupted as...

In Congo, activists look to Pope to boost forest protections

Feb. 01, 2023 12:04 PM EST

Local climate activists in Congo are hoping Pope Francis' visit will help spur action to protect the country's rainforest from oil and gas interests. The Pope's call to protect Congo's “great green lungs of the world” on Tuesday was welcomed by campaigners who see the papal visit...

'Hands off Africa!': Pope blasts foreign plundering of Congo

Jan. 31, 2023 16:05 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” as he arrived in Congo to a raucous welcome by Congolese grateful he was focusing the world’s attention on their forgotten plight. ...

Survivors of conflict to meet Pope Francis in Congo

Jan. 30, 2023 10:53 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — It took years for Marie Louise Wambale to re-establish her life after fighting between the M23 rebel group and the Congolese army forced her to flee with almost nothing more than a decade ago. Like most Catholics in eastern Congo, she hoped that Pope Francis...

Fighting intensifies in eastern Congo, displacing hundreds

Jan. 26, 2023 17:11 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Fighting intensified around a town in eastern Congo Thursday as a rebel group seeking to expand the territory it controls increased pressure on government troops defending it, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes. By evening it was unclear who...

A bomb injures at least a 12 people near a market in Congo

Jan. 25, 2023 17:09 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A bomb exploded at a market in eastern Congo on Wednesday, injuring at least a dozen people, authorities said. An unknown person detonated a bomb inside a bag in North Kivu's Beni town, said Tharcisse Katembo, a local official. “Damage was...

Rwanda fires on Congo military aircraft accused of violation

Jan. 25, 2023 01:06 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rwanda has fired on a Congolese military aircraft it alleges violated its airspace in a new escalation of tensions between the neighbors that has set off alarm across central Africa. A Rwandan government statement said “defensive measures” were taken...

Pope, ahead of Congo visit, sends prayers for church bombing

Jan. 17, 2023 08:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday sent his condolences to the victims of a bombing on a Pentecostal church in eastern Congo, an attack claimed by Islamic militants two weeks before the pontiff is due to arrive in the country. Authorities say Sunday's bombing in Kasindi, a town in...

Islamic State claims church bombing in east Congo; 14 dead

Jan. 16, 2023 07:04 AM EST

KASINDI, Congo (AP) — Islamic extremists claimed responsibility for a bombing of a church in eastern Congo as authorities said Monday that the toll from Sunday's attack had risen to at least 14 dead. The Islamic State group and its Aamaq news outlet issued statements saying that...

Congo's army says church bomb kills 10, extremists suspected

Jan. 15, 2023 10:39 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A suspected extremist attack at a church in eastern Congo killed at least 10 people and wounded more than three dozen, according to the country's army. A group linked to Islamic extremists was suspected of being responsible for a bomb that went off in the...