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Pope Francis in DRC on a “mission of peace”

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The aircraft carrying the Holy Father arrived at Kinshasa Worldwide Airport in the course of Tuesday afternoon.

A dozen dignitaries together with Congolese Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, alongside civil and non secular authorities met him on the foot of the aircraft.

Pope Francis was then escorted in his Popemobile to the Palace of the Nation the place he met the Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi.

The pontiff expressed his remorse that the nation, and extra extensively the African continent, nonetheless suffers from varied types of exploitation.

“This nation and this continent need to be revered and listened to, they deserve to search out area and obtain consideration. Arms off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Arms off Africa! Cease choking Africa: Africa shouldn’t be a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered. Could Africa be the protagonist of its personal future!”, stated Pope Francis

Alongside the Pope, the Congolese president spoke of the challenges dealing with the  Continent, notably safety and the preservation of the surroundings.

“The elimination of safety threats in our nation will definitely contribute to the effectiveness of the struggle towards local weather change and the safety of the surroundings. Your pastoral go to will certainly contribute to strengthen this dedication and our individuals are able to welcome your message of peace, hope, consolation, strengthening and brotherhood”, stated Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, President of the DRC

Africanews reporter Serge Koffi added:

“In response to the organisers, Pope Francis is not going to be visiting the east of the nation the place the safety disaster has lasted for greater than two many years.

It’s due to this fact right here in Kinshasa, removed from the capturing and preventing that the pontiff will launch his message of peace and reconciliation with the goal of easing tensions on this a part of the DRC“.