Africa    PRIEST'S MURDER CAUSES POLITICAL TENSIONS
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there have been conflicting accounts of how a Catholic priest was killed in the rebel-held east of the country.
    The priest, Remis Pepe, was murdered on Tuesday at his parish near the city of Uvira. The main rebel movement, the Congolese Rally for Democracy, blamed hostile militia groups. But other sources suggested the rebels or their allies had killed the priest.
    A BBC correspondent in Kigali says the death comes at a critical moment, with the Catholic Church already in open revolt against the rebel group.
    Last week the rebel group refused to allow the Roman Catholic bishop of Bukavu to return to his diocese. Pope John Paul has criticised the rebels, urging that Bishop Emmanuel Kataliko be allowed back.
   
   
BBC 18/2/00

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