D. R. of Congo: CLC close to the most desperate

The D.R. of Congo has for years been suffering a de facto war and the grinding collapse of the State. In this very difficult context the Christian Life Community (CLC), guided by Ignatian spirituality, seeks to follow and serve Jesus Christ in the daily life of the real world. The CLC Lubumbashi is making communal, collaborative efforts to seek justice and peace and, in a counter-cultural manner, witness to the faith. Their document ?Our Common Mission? takes its inspiration from the Decrees on Mission of the Jesuits? 34th General Congregation in 1995, and explicitly commits CLC members to do serious analysis and adopt an effective, responsible attitude towards poverty and its causes. For example, in 1994 the CLC launched a socio-educational project to help poor Congolese peasants to increase agricultural production by improving their farming techniques and organising their work in communities. All this has, despite enormous difficulties, substantially enhanced the integral human development of eighteen families. For the past ten years in the city of Lubumbashi, the CLC has been carrying on an intensive prison ministry. They manage several kitchens, offer treatment for certain illnesses, and provide legal aid with an emphasis on human rights. [HL10705]