Congo's Jerusalem [world Service]

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01Congo's Jerusalem (Episode 1) - Heart and Soul2016010820160110 (WS)

How the people of the DR Congo have turned to the Catholic Church for hope

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

William Edmundson looks at how the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have turned to the Catholic Church for a sense of hope.
In the DRC the separation of church and state takes on a whole new meaning. The state was once a private enterprise owned by the king of Belgium. After independence, rulers continued to steal resources for personal gain at the expense of the Congolese. Throughout this, the people – perhaps better described as the victims – have turned to churches for health, education and, most importantly, a sense of hope.

In the first of two programmes, William Edmundson looks at how the Catholic Church, supported by Belgian rule, became what many saw as the "only truly national institution apart from the state”. He looks at how people turned to churches, including a local offshoot of Protestantism – the Kimbanguists.
William travels to meet the spiritual leader of the Kimbanguists and absorbs himself in the beautiful singing that comes, literally from all four corners of the church.

Produced and Presented by William Edmundson

Photograph: William Edmundson

01Heart and Soul20160110

01Heart and Soul20160110

How the people of the DR Congo have turned to the Catholic Church for hope

01Heart And Soul20160110

William Edmundson looks at how the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have turned to the Catholic Church for a sense of hope.

In the DRC the separation of church and state takes on a whole new meaning. The state was once a private enterprise owned by the king of Belgium. After independence, rulers continued to steal resources for personal gain at the expense of the Congolese. Throughout this, the people – perhaps better described as the victims – have turned to churches for health, education and, most importantly, a sense of hope.

In the first of two programmes, William Edmundson looks at how the Catholic Church, supported by Belgian rule, became what many saw as the "only truly national institution apart from the state? He looks at how people turned to churches, including a local offshoot of Protestantism – the Kimbanguists.

William travels to meet the spiritual leader of the Kimbanguists and absorbs himself in the beautiful singing that comes, literally from all four corners of the church.

Produced and Presented by William Edmundson

Photograph: William Edmundson

How the people of the DR Congo have turned to the Catholic Church for hope

01Heart and Soul20160110

William Edmundson looks at how the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have turned to the Catholic Church for a sense of hope.

In the DRC the separation of church and state takes on a whole new meaning. The state was once a private enterprise owned by the king of Belgium. After independence, rulers continued to steal resources for personal gain at the expense of the Congolese. Throughout this, the people – perhaps better described as the victims – have turned to churches for health, education and, most importantly, a sense of hope.

In the first of two programmes, William Edmundson looks at how the Catholic Church, supported by Belgian rule, became what many saw as the "only truly national institution apart from the state?. He looks at how people turned to churches, including a local offshoot of Protestantism – the Kimbanguists.

William travels to meet the spiritual leader of the Kimbanguists and absorbs himself in the beautiful singing that comes, literally from all four corners of the church.

Produced and Presented by William Edmundson

Photograph: William Edmundson

02Congos Jerusalem - Heart and Soul2016011520160117 (WS)

How the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have turned to the Catholic Church

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Take a trip through the streets of Kinshasa and there is a good chance you will walk past or into a church, blaring out music enticing you in to worship in its colourful, noisy congregation

In the second part of his religious snapshot of Democratic Republic of Congo William Edmundson examines the revivalist churches that have sprung up around the capital Kinshasa. The starting point of William’s journey is an 2013 attempted coup, one of the many coups attempted in this country over its bumpy history. But what sets this apart is that it was not led by revolutionaries or a disgruntled military, but by a pastor, Paul Joseph Mukungubila and his followers.

As William explored in the first programme, the DRC has a complicated religious past linked to its colonial history and the Catholic church has long been the main faith of choice, but now a new, vibrant revival church is capturing the faithful of the country by focusing on the word of the gospel. William visits the revivalist churches to find out their appeal and whether the established Protestant Catholic and Kimbanguist faiths we heard about in the first programme can maintain their influence in the face of this new power

Producer/Presenter William Edmundson

If you would like to hear the first part of Williams journey through the DRC to explore its religious past then please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03dhcxr

(Photo: An elderly woman prays during the early morning mass at the Catholic Church of Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images)

02Heart and Soul20160117

02Heart and Soul20160117

How the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have turned to the Catholic Church

02Heart and Soul20160117

Take a trip through the streets of Kinshasa and there is a good chance you will walk past or into a church, blaring out music enticing you in to worship in its colourful, noisy congregation

In the second part of his religious snapshot of Democratic Republic of Congo William Edmundson examines the revivalist churches that have sprung up around the capital Kinshasa. The starting point of William’s journey is an 2013 attempted coup, one of the many coups attempted in this country over its bumpy history. But what sets this apart is that it was not led by revolutionaries or a disgruntled military, but by a pastor, Paul Joseph Mukungubila and his followers.

As William explored in the first programme, the DRC has a complicated religious past linked to its colonial history and the Catholic church has long been the main faith of choice, but now a new, vibrant revival church is capturing the faithful of the country by focusing on the word of the gospel. William visits the revivalist churches to find out their appeal and whether the established Protestant Catholic and Kimbanguist faiths we heard about in the first programme can maintain their influence in the face of this new power

Producer/Presenter William Edmundson

If you would like to hear the first part of Williams journey through the DRC to explore its religious past then please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03dhcxr

(Photo: An elderly woman prays during the early morning mass at the Catholic Church of Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images)

02Heart And Soul20160117

Take a trip through the streets of Kinshasa and there is a good chance you will walk past or into a church, blaring out music enticing you in to worship in its colourful, noisy congregation

In the second part of his religious snapshot of Democratic Republic of Congo William Edmundson examines the revivalist churches that have sprung up around the capital Kinshasa. The starting point of William’s journey is an 2013 attempted coup, one of the many coups attempted in this country over its bumpy history. But what sets this apart is that it was not led by revolutionaries or a disgruntled military, but by a pastor, Paul Joseph Mukungubila and his followers.

As William explored in the first programme, the DRC has a complicated religious past linked to its colonial history and the Catholic church has long been the main faith of choice, but now a new, vibrant revival church is capturing the faithful of the country by focusing on the word of the gospel. William visits the revivalist churches to find out their appeal and whether the established Protestant Catholic and Kimbanguist faiths we heard about in the first programme can maintain their influence in the face of this new power

Producer/Presenter William Edmundson

If you would like to hear the first part of Williams journey through the DRC to explore its religious past then please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03dhcxr

(Photo: An elderly woman prays during the early morning mass at the Catholic Church of Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images)

How the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have turned to the Catholic Church