“We denounce the campaign of discrediting and defamation of the Catholic Church and its hierarchy”, says the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO) in a statement published at the end of the Extraordinary Plenary Assembly held in Kinshasa, and cited by Agenzia Fides.
PUBLISHED ONMay 2018
The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo say they are “deeply concerned by the very serious facts and hostile attitudes” as the country prepares itself for the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 23.
"Why so many deaths, injuries, arrests, kidnappings, attacks on parishes and ecclesiastical communities, humiliation, torture, intimidation, desecration of churches, prohibitions to pray?" denounce the Bishops.
"The national and international community is witness to a series of campaigns of intoxication, discredit and defamation aimed at weakening the moral strength of the Church, particularly of His Eminence Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, (Archbishop of Kinshasa), and to divert the attention of the population to real problems", says the statement.