Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, has made a historic visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) this week. During his visit, he has been offering words of comfort and hope to the victims of violence in the country.
On Tuesday, Pope Francis visited the city of Goma, where he consoled victims of violence and war, telling them “Your pain is my pain.” He also called on fighters to “embrace mercy” and urged them to lay down their arms.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo. Over a million people attended the Mass, which was held in a stadium. During the Mass, the Pope heard harrowing tales of violence and suffering from the people.
The Pope also visited the city of Bangui in the Central African Republic, where he offered words of encouragement to the people. He is scheduled to visit Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius during his African tour.
Pope Francis’s visit to DR Congo was a powerful reminder of the importance of peace and reconciliation. His words of comfort and hope have been welcomed by many in the country.
This article is based on reports from The Associated Press – en Español, PBS NewsHour, BBC, Reuters, and The Washington Post.