The desecration of Catholic churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo continue, after the assaults at St. Dominic Parish in Limete, in the capital Kinshasa on February 19, and at the major seminary of Malole in Kananga, in Central Kasai, on 18 February.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, during the night between
21 and 22 February, unknown persons attacked and vandalized the parish
of Santa Maria of Lukalaba, in Eastern Kasai, while another group
attempted to loot the parishes of Saint Robert Kansele and Saint Albert
le Grand in Mbuji-Mayi, but their violent action was interrupted by the
arrival of the police.
In Lubumbashi (Haut-Katanga), Saint Kizito parish
was assaulted by unknown persons who tried to set fire at the entrance
of the church with cans of gasoline and tires, smashed the windows of
the place of worship and the adjacent school, which was also looted.
same thing happened in the parish of St. John the Baptist in the
district of Gbadolite, and in the Convent of the "Servants of St.
Joseph" in the same city.
The Apostolic Nunciature in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the local
Episcopal Conference (CENCO) and the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC
(MONUSCO), have condemned the acts of vandalism against the structures
of the Church.
"Places of worship belong to everyone. Those who attack them strike a
common good of all the Congolese people", said a joint statement signed
by His Exc. Mgr. Louis Mariano Montemayor, Apostolic Nuncio in Kinshasa,
by His Exc. Mgr. Marcel Utembi Tapa, Archbishop of Kisangani and
President of CENCO, and by Maman Sidikou, the Nigerian diplomat at the
head of MONUSCO, calling for the immediate cessation of such acts of