Crux: ACN helps sisters in Democratic Republic of the Congo fight poverty, cope with pandemic
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED, a papal charity that aids persecuted Christians worldwide, has provided some 70 communities of nuns working in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a relief package of roughly $140,000 to help them cope with the double whammy of insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic.
For over 20 years, eastern Congo has been hit by war and conflict, with rival gangs fighting for control over the region’s rich mineral resources. While other aid organizations and NGOs have fled the area as a result of rising insecurity, religious sisters have remained.
“The religious sisters of the Church are amazing,” said Edward F. Clancy, Director of Outreach for Aid to the Church in Need USA.
Clancy said the continued presence of the religious sisters in the area, even at the risk of their own lives constitutes “the very definition of agape, self-giving love.”