Democratic Republic of Congo is considered the poorest nation in the world.
According to the Gross Domestic Product index (GDP), the average yearly income in Democratic Republic of Congo is under $400. That compares to the wealthiest country of Qatar with an average yearly income of over $105,000.
Approximately 16 percent of the world's Catholic live in Africa. Africa's Catholic population has grown nearly 21 percent from 2005 to 2010.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, the number of Catholics has more than tripled in the past 35 years, constituting about half of the country's population.
In 2014, Catholic Relief Services was projected to provide aid to about 1.4 million direct beneficiaries there through its humanitarian programs.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw