Civil Strife Complicates Missionaries' Work in Congo

Sisters Luigina, Maria and  Suzanne of the Les Soeurs Cannossiennes. i i

From left, Sisters Luigina, Maria and Suzanne at their convent in Bunia. The missionary sisters had to shut down their convent in 2003 because of ongoing fighting between rival militias. They now rent out the convent's rooms to humanitarian workers. Jason Beaubien, NPR hide caption

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Sisters Luigina, Maria and  Suzanne of the Les Soeurs Cannossiennes.

From left, Sisters Luigina, Maria and Suzanne at their convent in Bunia. The missionary sisters had to shut down their convent in 2003 because of ongoing fighting between rival militias. They now rent out the convent's rooms to humanitarian workers.

Jason Beaubien, NPR

The Catholic Church is booming in Africa. One order of Catholic missionaries, Les Soeurs Cannossiennes, has been based in Eastern Congo since the 1950s. NPR's Jason Beaubien talked with the sisters about the death of Pope John Paul II, and the challenges they face today in war-torn Congo.

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