DAILY CATHOLIC     LABOR DAY WEEKEND     September 4-7, 1998     vol. 9, no. 174

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

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CONGO CARDINAL SAYS NO TO WITCH HUNT, YES TO RESPECT FOR LIFE

          KINSHASA (CWNews.com/Fides) - Cardinal Frederic Etsou Archbishop of Kinshasa, last week called on the people of his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to end internecine fighting, which has now turned into a "regional war."

          The cardinal said in an open letter to his countrymen, "We must not allow ourselves to be dominated by feelings of hatred and revenge towards people of Rwanda and Uganda, particularly those Rwandans and Ugandans who have lived in our country for years. Christ urges us to love our enemies." Fighting between rebels, supported by Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers, and Congolese military and civilians loyal to President Laurent Kabila's government continued throughout the country on Thursday.

          "Love one another as I have loved you," Cardinal Etsou said quoting the Gospel of John. He encouraged people to have respect for human life. "I wish to draw your attention to the great commandment of love and to respect human life which is sacred and which no one has the right to take," he said. The cardinal also condemned, "certain persons, some of whom pose as 'prophets' or God's envoys, who incite the people to hatred, triggering a 'man-hunt' against Rwandans, Ugandans, and others from non-African countries."

          Meanwhile, Fides news agency sources described the atrocities inflicted by Kabila's forces on retreating rebels: "No time is wasted with captured rebels: they are either hanged, shot, or burned alive with a burning car-tire hung around their necks." Two Catholic parishes on the fringes of Kinshasa have also been attacked, and the condition of the missionaries is unknown.


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September 4-7, 1998       volume 9, no. 174
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