An African priest said that global demand for metallic ores used in cellphones is thwarting efforts to end war and violence in Congo.
Congo's bishops said Catholics are facing a new wave of violence following the collapse of a church mediation plan, and in some places church leaders have fled to the forest.
Catholic bishops in Congo have abandoned attempts to arrange a government-opposition power-sharing agreement, amid rising violence.
President Trump officially pulled the nation out of the trade pact Jan. 23. NCR spoke with group leaders who cautiously view this as an opportunity for Trump.
Peace talks in Congo: Catholic leaders in Congo said they hope for lasting peace, after the bishops' conference helped mediate a government-opposition accord. "We're all saluting this great step, the fruit of a dialogue arranged by the church," said Msgr. Leonard Santedi Kinkupu, rector of Kinshasa's Catholic University and former of secretary-general of the bishops' conference.
Mediation efforts in Congo: Congolese President Joseph Kabila expressed support for Catholic bishops' efforts to mediate a constitutional crisis after he extended his term in office.
Faith and Justice: Jesuit Refugee Service works in 45 countries serving 724,000 people, 55 percent of whom are Muslim.
Most agree that the Congo bishops conference's peace initiative offers the best chance of peace for a generation in the long-troubled Congo.
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Young Voices: There have been many imitators of Christ who, too, have sacrificed their bodies in the hope of a resurrection of all people.