Page 5, 30th September 1960

30th September 1960
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Page 5, 30th September 1960 — BISHOP IS BARRED FROM SEE

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Organisations: United Nations
Locations: Leopoldville


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THE supporters of M. Lumumha have been so successful in stirring up hatred against the missionaries in the Lake Leopold II area of the Congo that Bishop Van Cauwelaert, C.I.C.M., of Inongo, whose recent arrest was, as we reported last week, the subject of a sharp protest by the Congo Hierarchy, was unable to return to his diocese last week.

When the bishop left Leopoldville on September 17 he was unaware of the situation at Inongo because communications between his diocese and the capital are extremely irregular. Because of the situation he was forced to change his route and was reported last week to be safely at Nyoki.


One of the people responsible for whipping up agitation against the bishop is M. Mpolo, appointed a general by M. Lumumba and since demoted by Colonel Mobutu. Also partly responsible for anticlerical propaganda are the UN troops in the area supplied by Guinea—the only avowedly Marxist African State.

On Thursday last week someone —possibly a mutinous soldier— threw a bomb into a ground-floor room of the archbishop's residence at Leopoldville. The explosion took place at eight o'clock at night, when Archbishop Scalais, C.I.C.M., had already gone to bed. No-one was hurt, and the Archbishop did not even bother to get out of bed.

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