|The Congo River|
|The Democratic Republic of Congo|
|The land area of the DRC in comparison with that of the USA|
|Neighboring country: Republic of the Congo|
|Kinshasa skyline by night|
When it comes to religion, the DRC has a relatively long history of Christianity, beginning with the arrival of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1500's. Later on, as in many places around the world, the colonial powers worked hand in hand with Christian missionaries, further cementing the religion's hold in the country. Today, 35 million people in the DRC are Roman Catholics, translating to roughly half of the population. 80-95% of the total population, whether Roman Catholic or not, identifies as Christian. In very recent years, Islam has been slowly growing as a religious presence as well.
|A church in Kindu, DRC|
|Dawn on the Congo River, which separates DRC capital Kinshasa from Republic of the Congo capital Brazzaville|