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Congo Catholics differ over march suppressed by police

February 22, 2012

Leading Catholics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo differed over the wisdom of participating in a peaceful February 16 march that was brutally suppressed by government forces, who arrested priests and religious and attacked parishes.

“It was an initiative at a local level, sponsored by the Conseil de l’Apostolat des Laics Catholiques Congolais (CALCC) in Kinshasa, not by the national CALCC, and did not directly involve the Archdiocese of Kinshasa,” said Father Loris Cattani, a missionary who leads the Peace Network of the Congo. “In other parts of the country, members of the hierarchy expressed doubts about the [opportuneness] of promoting this initiative.”


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