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Keep Shining a Light on the Democratic Republic of Congo

RSVP Now for the Catholics Confront Global Poverty webcast about the Congo.

In the eastern part of Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II has been ongoing for the last 15 years. Since 1998 it has claimed more than 3 million lives, displaced over 2 million people, and hundreds of thousands of women have been brutalized as an array of armed groups vie for control of territory and access to DRC’s vast mineral resources using rape as a weapon of war. Violence has surged in the last several months with a renewed rebellion in North Kivu province causing over 250,000 persons to flee their homes.

But in a country where 55 percent of the population is Catholic, the Church, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, is taking action to stem the violence, assist survivors, and help Congo’s people realize their aspirations for authentic human development. And Catholics in the United States are working in solidarity to promote sustainable and just development in the DRC and to stop the international demand for illegally obtained minerals that help fuel the violence.

Join us for:

An opportunity to hear about the Church’s ongoing work to support our brothers and sisters in the DRC, ask questions and engage in dialogue about the future of this country.

A review of the Securities and Exchange Commissions’ regulations on conflict minerals, and policy recommendations by CRS and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), based on Catholic social teaching and our experience, as to how U.S. policy can make a difference for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ideas on how Catholics in the United States, through the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative, can make a difference for our brothers and sisters in the DRC.

For more information:

Read the backgrounder on the DRC by the Office of International Justice and Peace at the USCCB.

Learn more about CRS’ work in the DRC and our advocacy efforts.

Learn about the Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative and how you can join.

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October 25, 2012

12:00-1:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

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One Response to “Keep Shining a Light on the Democratic Republic of Congo”

  1. Tom Austin Says:

    3 Catholic priests kidnapped by gunmen in eastern Congo

    wapo.st/RbOnSZ

    Please join in prayer for these priests and to seek their release. Who kidnapped them and why?

    How can the Catholic Church and other Christians show their solidarity with these priests?

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