Prayers urged for the Democratic Republic of Congo

first_img Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Orphans at Action Salutaire pour Development Integrale/Goma, a church-led NGO, with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori during her July 2011 visit to the Anglican Church of the Congo. Photo/Matthew Davies[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has joined fellow Christians throughout the world in calling for a week of prayer Nov. 26-Dec. 2 for the Democratic Republic of Congo.“Pray for an end to the conflict, an end to violence and the atrocities, that the needs of the suffering may be supplied, and that peace may prevail,” Jefferts Schori said in a Nov. 19 call to action, issued by the Episcopal Church’s public affairs office.The week of prayer has been organized by the Church Mission Society and the Congo Church Association, with the support of Archbishop Henri Isingoma of the Anglican Church of Congo, in response to a recent increase in violence promulgated by a new rebel group, M23, and several existing ones.Prayers and resources may be downloaded here.“Our fellow Anglicans in the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to experience violence and displacement,” Jefferts Schori said, noting that the rise in violence since April has caused the displacement of 320,000 within Congo, and 60,000 into Uganda and Rwanda.The Anglican presence in Congo was established by Ugandan evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya in 1896. Today, the province includes about half a million Anglicans under the leadership of Isingoma, primate since 2009.“The work of the Anglican Church in Congo continues to be of the highest quality and responsiveness, rooted in the love of Christian for neighbor,” said Jefferts Schori, who visited Eastern Congo in July 2011 and witnessed firsthand “evidence of the work done by Mothers’ Union and other groups on behalf of the least of these – women, children, and orphans, all victims of the violence of war.”ENS coverage of the presiding bishop’s July 2011 trip is available here.[ooyala code=”1oZjN1MjrVdkTHOcuX8ni4nZv5XD935f”]The Democratic Republic of the Congo, a former Belgian colony, has buckled in the hands of corrupt and power-hungry leaders since its independence in 1960. The vast country – about the same size as the continent of Europe – faced more than three decades of “Africanization” and gross corruption under the presidency of Joseph Mobutu, who was supported by the United States as a “friendly tyrant” for his resistance to the Soviet Union. Rebels led by Laurent Kabila overthrew Mobutu in 1997.Mealtime for the children at a Diocese of North Kivu orphanage. Photo/Matthew DaviesInitially raising hopes for better times, Kabila was installed as the new president and changed the country’s name from Zaire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But his allies became enemies, and Congo entered five years of brutal war in which about 5.4 million people are believed to have perished. When he was assassinated in 2001, Kabila was succeeded by his son, Joseph Kabila, who remains Congo’s president in a power-sharing government that includes former rebels.The war was fueled largely by a scramble for the country’s vast mineral resources. Rebels in the east, supported by Tutsi militias and neighboring countries Uganda and Rwanda, battled the Kinshasa-based government, backed by Hutu militias and Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In October 2004, the human rights group Amnesty International announced that 40,000 cases of rape had been reported over the previous six years.Women who’ve been sexually abused by soldiers find a safe haven at a Diocese of North Kivu facility, where they work through their trauma and carve out a new life with the end goal being their integration back into society. Photo/Matthew DaviesAs Congo – which hosts the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping team – attempts to recover from what has been dubbed the bloodiest conflict since World War II, rebel activity still roils the east of the country and is synonymous with gender-based violence, particularly in rural villages. Some reports reveal stories of rebel soldiers raping women while their husbands are forced to watch, then killing family members and carrying out acts of cannibalism.“Many thousands are living with fear and insecurity, hunger, sickness, and poverty, while they yearn to return home and live in peace,” Jefferts Schori said in her Nov.  19 call to action.The Mothers’ Union, an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide, plays an important role in taking care of women traumatized through sexual violence.The United Women for Peace and Social Promotion (Union des Femmes pour la Paix et la Promotion Social – UFPPS), founded in Katanga in 2003, has built on the work of the Mothers’ Union to promote and facilitate women’s engagement as messengers of peace and leaders of social and economic development in their communities.The Episcopal Church, through its former women’s ministries office and Episcopal Relief & Development, has supported UFPPS’s work in medical and psychological healing and social reintegration in the Katanga and Boga dioceses.Referring to the week of prayer, Jefferts Schori said: “I can think of no better way for the Christian world to prepare for the Advent of the Prince of Peace, and I hope and pray that you will join me in praying during the week leading up to Advent.”The call for prayer on the CMS website said: “We hope individuals, groups and churches will commit to pray afresh for a resolution and definitive end to the conflict, violence and atrocities, and for a new era of peace, as well as for the needs of all those affected.”— Matthew Davies is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Prayers urged for the Democratic Republic of Congo An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release June 23, 2013 at 12:01 am I hope the situations for DR Congo and Congo gets better.This has nothing to do with the situation in DR Congo and Congo, but I have a suggestion if the two are actual separate countries (it is hard to tell for sure) Congo could be names West Congo, or/and DR Congo could be East Congo. It is just a suggestion. 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Jerome Porical kicks Perpignan into the Top 14 final

first_imgSunday May 16, 2010 Jerome Porical kicks Perpignan into the Top 14 final Perpignan knocked Toulouse out of the Top 14 with a 21-13 victory over their French rivals in the semi final in Montpelier on Friday. Jerome Porical kicked all 21 points as they progressed to the final, where they will face Clermont, who beat Toulon yesterday. Toulouse had hoped to get a rare double by winning both the Top 14 and Heineken Cup, but thats not possible now so theyll throw everything into that final next weekend. They did get off to a good start though, with scrumhalf Nicolas Bezy scoring early on thanks to a typically Toulouse counterattack and classy interplay. They were also up 13-9 at halftime, with two other penalties againt the three from Porical. The defending champions Perpignan took control in the second half though with fullback Porical kicking four penalties to place them out of reach and into the final. There was a bit of a scuffle in the second half, with Toulouse wing Vilimoni Delasau making an accusation of eye-gouging, one that is taken very seriously these days. We’ll wait to see if anything develops from that. Coach Jacques Brunel was delighted with the win, saying it was hard work getting there, but that his side couldnt wait to face Toulouse. “We knew this would be very, very tight from the start. “Even when we were four points down at half-time, we knew there was still everything to play for. We are in the final again, but I don’t know whether we are stronger than last year. “We want to defend our title, but we know it’ll be very difficult,” he added. Time: 06:24 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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