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Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)

Congo-Kinshasa

Also known as: Demokratische Republik Kongo (Deutsch), República Democrática del Congo (español), la République démocratique du Congo (français), Repubblica Democratica del Congo (Italiano), Demokratyczna Republika Konga (polski), República Democrática do Congo (Português), 民主剛果 (正體中文), コンゴ民主共和国 (日本語), Respublica Democratica Congensis (latine)

Formerly: Zaire, Belgian Congo

Continent: Eastern and Central Africa

Capital: Kinshasa

Area: 2,267,048 km²

Population: 83,301,151

Patron Saint: Immaculate Conception

Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%

Languages: French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba

Ethnic Groups: over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) - make up about 45% of the population

Motto: Justice – Paix – Travail (French) (Justice, Peace, Work)

Neighbouring Countries: Angola Angola, ← Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Brazzaville, ↑ Central African Republic Central African Republic, ↗ South Sudan South Sudan, ↗ Uganda Uganda, → Rwanda Rwanda, → Burundi Burundi, → Tanzania Tanzania, ↘ Zambia Zambia


Circumscriptions (47): Metr. Archdioceses (6), Dioceses (41)


Roman Rite (47): Basankusu, Bokungu–Ikela, Boma, Bondo, Budjala, Bukavu, Bunia, Buta, Butembo-Beni, Doruma–Dungu, Goma, Idiofa, Inongo, Isangi, Isiro–Niangara, Kabinda, Kalemie–Kirungu, Kamina, Kananga, Kasongo, Kenge, Kikwit, Kilwa–Kasenga, Kindu, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Kisantu, Kole, Kolwezi, Kongolo, Lisala, Lolo, Lubumbashi, Luebo, Lwiza, Mahagi–Nioka, Manono, Matadi, Mbandaka–Bikoro, Mbujimayi, Molegbe, Mweka, Popokabaka, Sakania–Kipushi, Tshumbe, Uvira, Wamba


by Type | by Name | by Ecclesiastical Province
Changes in Circumscriptions | Former Circumscriptions


CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/1 total): Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (79)Monsengwo Pasinya (79) | All Cardinals

BishopsBishops: by Age | by Name | by Precedence | Jubilarians | Recent Events


Special Churches Special Churches: Cathedrals Cathedrals (55), Basilicas Basilicas (1), National Shrines National Shrines (1)

Documents and Celebrations Documents and Celebrations


Papal Visits


Apostolic Nunciature: Democratic Republic of Congo

Conference of Bishops: Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) Link Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa (59)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Association des Conférences Episcopales de l’Afrique Centrale (A.C.E.A.C.) Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege (71)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Symposium des Conférences Episcoaples d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.) Link Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi, C.S.Sp. (60)


as of 2018.11.03

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