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A Letter from a number of General Curias regarding the situation in the D.R. Congo


The General Councillors for Africa of a number of orders and religious congregations who have members working in the D.R.Congo (Carmelite, Assumptionists, the Company of Mary, the Missionaries of Africa etc.)

have written an urgent letter to the Commission for Justice and Peace of the USG and UISG, drawing their attention to the dramatic situation that has developed in some parts of the D.R.Congo, especially in the dioceses of Beni-Butembo, Bunia and Goma. In their letter (copied to the Secretary of State in the Vatican and to the various sections of the media) they denounce the massacres that are taking place in some parts and the silence and passivity being shown by the international authorities and the communications media. As well as that, they sent a message of solidarity and hope to the bishops, religious men and women, and lay people in those dioceses. The Carmelites have had a strong presence in those areas for many decades, where they are responsible for important pastoral and social commitments. The text of the letter (with some photos) and the message is available on the link:

Let us pray for the victims of the violence in that part of the world.

The original text of the letter in French:

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