The Democratic Republic of Congo is in a state of political crisis as the president, Joseph Kabila, has refused to step down from office although he has no mandate to govern.
The Church is a respected mediator in the country, but is being “deliberately targeted” with acts of violence, the cardinal has said.
Last week the seminary of Malole in Kananga was damaged by arson and St Dominic’s church in the Limete municipality of Kinshasa was vandalised and its tabernacle desecrated while a community of Carmelite nuns nearby were also attacked.
In the region of Kasai – Central according to a report from Mgr. Félicien Mwanama Galumbulula, Bishop of Luiza, yesterday around 11.00 some militiamen broke into the city of Dibandisha. They have profaned the church, broken the chairs, the benches and the tabernacle. They have burned the ornaments and the liturgical books.
Following this surge in violence against Catholics, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo of Kinshasa published a message condemning the violent attacks.
In his message, the cardinal warned that the Church was being deliberately attacked “in order to sabotage her mission of peace and reconciliation.”
“Along with all bishops, we denounce these acts of violence, which are likely to plunge our country further into unspeakable chaos.”
Cardinal Monsengwo called upon the political leaders of the country to resolve the political crisis, saying that history will judge them on their failure to act.