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Careful Steps Ahead for Catholic Church Tasked with Pulling Congo Back from Crisis

The task of preventing Democratic Republic of Congo's political crisis from spiraling into fresh conflict falls to the country's Catholic Church, one of the few institutions to emerge from decades of turmoil with its credibility intact. The role as mediator of last resort illustrates the clout of the Church in Congo — home to some 30 million faithful — where Catholic leaders have long gone beyond their pastoral duties to fill the void left by an absent state, providing health care...

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