Everyone knows about ISIS, yet few seem to have kept track of the complex civil war that has convulsed the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the ’90s.
Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu said the changes to the Vatican seem "like a change not only in attitude here, but a new anthropology for the way of living our faith."
Essay: Despite presiding over a minor see in the Central African bush, Bishop Nicolas Djomo, a modern-day pontifex, looms large.
Making a Difference: The unrest in the Middle East and parts of Africa have created hundreds of thousands of refugees, and the U.S. is not adequately responding to the crisis.
Bishops in southern Congo have denounced growing separatist violence in Katanga province and criticized the national government for ignoring it.
"Besides grave violations of human rights, socio-political insecurity is disrupting our province's economic fabric and amplifying our people's misery," said bishops from the eight dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of Lubumbashi.
But for the tragedy in the Philippines, 2013 is ending as a quiet year for humanitarian events, right? Not necessarily.