Rituals of Resistance
Rituals of Resistance

Waves of militia violence and grinding poverty blight the Democratic Republic of Congo as the President refuses to step aside; in this chaos, Catholic priests have emerged as unlikely political dissidents.

 Alarmed at the dire condition of life for their congregations, the priests of Congo have attempted to broker elections with the brutal regime. Many look to them and the rituals of the Church for guidance and assurance as Congo approaches a tipping point.

Alarmed at the dire condition of life for their congregations, the priests of Congo have attempted to broker elections with the brutal regime. Many look to them and the rituals of the Church for guidance and assurance as Congo approaches a tipping point.

 Acolyte Frederick Tshimanga. La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa. This church is heavily involved in anti-government activity and a protest march in early 2018 was dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.

Acolyte Frederick Tshimanga. La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa. This church is heavily involved in anti-government activity and a protest march in early 2018 was dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.

 Père Jean Nkongola, La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa.  “We want to see change. We know that an election can bring peace to the country”.

Père Jean Nkongola, La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa. “We want to see change. We know that an election can bring peace to the country”.

  Ngonga Ebeti, Tango Ekoki   A priest blesses acolytes and choirgirls after Sunday service at St. Benoit, Lemba, Kinshasa. The site of a recent shooting during anti-government protests.

Ngonga Ebeti, Tango Ekoki

A priest blesses acolytes and choirgirls after Sunday service at St. Benoit, Lemba, Kinshasa. The site of a recent shooting during anti-government protests.

 Worshipper Feza Mikombe at St. Francois de la Salle, Kitambo, Kinshasa. A church heavily involved in political activism that organised street protests in the name of peaceful elections.

Worshipper Feza Mikombe at St. Francois de la Salle, Kitambo, Kinshasa. A church heavily involved in political activism that organised street protests in the name of peaceful elections.

 Père Jean Nkongolo, St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa.

Père Jean Nkongolo, St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa.

 Père Vincent Joseph, outside his church of St. Joseph, Matonge, Kinshasa. “ The church knows the anguish of the people. That’s why we started putting pressure on the government”.

Père Vincent Joseph, outside his church of St. Joseph, Matonge, Kinshasa. “The church knows the anguish of the people. That’s why we started putting pressure on the government”.

  Muzina di Tata, E di Mwana   A young acolyte holds the cross of St. Dominique before Sunday service.

Muzina di Tata, E di Mwana

A young acolyte holds the cross of St. Dominique before Sunday service.

 Choir girls during rehearsal at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Choir girls during rehearsal at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

 Choir girls practice at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.

Choir girls practice at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.

 The choir of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

The choir of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

 An acolyte waits with the ceremonial cross of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

An acolyte waits with the ceremonial cross of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

 Hortance Ponga stands in prayer at a service at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Hortance Ponga stands in prayer at a service at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

 Abbé Ponde leads a prayer after service at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa. “ We must see the social conditions of the population change. We need a peaceful life, without trouble. We want people to live freely”.

Abbé Ponde leads a prayer after service at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa. “We must see the social conditions of the population change. We need a peaceful life, without trouble. We want people to live freely”.

 The congregation of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

The congregation of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

 Silent prayer at the end of a Sunday service at the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Silent prayer at the end of a Sunday service at the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

 Young acolytes hold the cross during a blessing from the priest of St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.

Young acolytes hold the cross during a blessing from the priest of St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.

 Sisters Agnes and Marie Kavira wait outside the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Sisters Agnes and Marie Kavira wait outside the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Rituals of Resistance
 Alarmed at the dire condition of life for their congregations, the priests of Congo have attempted to broker elections with the brutal regime. Many look to them and the rituals of the Church for guidance and assurance as Congo approaches a tipping point.
 Acolyte Frederick Tshimanga. La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa. This church is heavily involved in anti-government activity and a protest march in early 2018 was dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.
 Père Jean Nkongola, La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa.  “We want to see change. We know that an election can bring peace to the country”.
  Ngonga Ebeti, Tango Ekoki   A priest blesses acolytes and choirgirls after Sunday service at St. Benoit, Lemba, Kinshasa. The site of a recent shooting during anti-government protests.
 Worshipper Feza Mikombe at St. Francois de la Salle, Kitambo, Kinshasa. A church heavily involved in political activism that organised street protests in the name of peaceful elections.
 Père Jean Nkongolo, St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa.
 Père Vincent Joseph, outside his church of St. Joseph, Matonge, Kinshasa. “ The church knows the anguish of the people. That’s why we started putting pressure on the government”.
  Muzina di Tata, E di Mwana   A young acolyte holds the cross of St. Dominique before Sunday service.
 Choir girls during rehearsal at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
 Choir girls practice at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.
 The choir of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
 An acolyte waits with the ceremonial cross of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
 Hortance Ponga stands in prayer at a service at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
 Abbé Ponde leads a prayer after service at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa. “ We must see the social conditions of the population change. We need a peaceful life, without trouble. We want people to live freely”.
 The congregation of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
 Silent prayer at the end of a Sunday service at the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
 Young acolytes hold the cross during a blessing from the priest of St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.
 Sisters Agnes and Marie Kavira wait outside the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.
Rituals of Resistance

Waves of militia violence and grinding poverty blight the Democratic Republic of Congo as the President refuses to step aside; in this chaos, Catholic priests have emerged as unlikely political dissidents.

Alarmed at the dire condition of life for their congregations, the priests of Congo have attempted to broker elections with the brutal regime. Many look to them and the rituals of the Church for guidance and assurance as Congo approaches a tipping point.

Acolyte Frederick Tshimanga. La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa. This church is heavily involved in anti-government activity and a protest march in early 2018 was dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.

Père Jean Nkongola, La Paroisse St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa. “We want to see change. We know that an election can bring peace to the country”.

Ngonga Ebeti, Tango Ekoki

A priest blesses acolytes and choirgirls after Sunday service at St. Benoit, Lemba, Kinshasa. The site of a recent shooting during anti-government protests.

Worshipper Feza Mikombe at St. Francois de la Salle, Kitambo, Kinshasa. A church heavily involved in political activism that organised street protests in the name of peaceful elections.

Père Jean Nkongolo, St. Dominique, Limete, Kinshasa.

Père Vincent Joseph, outside his church of St. Joseph, Matonge, Kinshasa. “The church knows the anguish of the people. That’s why we started putting pressure on the government”.

Muzina di Tata, E di Mwana

A young acolyte holds the cross of St. Dominique before Sunday service.

Choir girls during rehearsal at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Choir girls practice at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.

The choir of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

An acolyte waits with the ceremonial cross of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Hortance Ponga stands in prayer at a service at the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Abbé Ponde leads a prayer after service at St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa. “We must see the social conditions of the population change. We need a peaceful life, without trouble. We want people to live freely”.

The congregation of the church of the Anuarite de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Silent prayer at the end of a Sunday service at the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

Young acolytes hold the cross during a blessing from the priest of St. Augustin, Lemba, Kinshasa.

Sisters Agnes and Marie Kavira wait outside the Anuarite de Goma church, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC.

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