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Pope offers Africans wishes for peace and stability in 2023, ahead of visit to DRC

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Before an audience of 183 diplomats, Pope Francis presented his best wishes for the new year. During this address, he also laid out his international priorities for 2023, and took stock of the current conflicts.

During his address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on Monday (Jan. 09), Francis underlined his “apprehension” about certain conflicts in the Africa. 

Indeed, we are just a few weeks away from his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo on January 31.

His journey to the African country hosting the largest Catholic population, was initially scheduled to welcome the pontiff last July. However, it was postponed because he faced health issues.

Francis’s wish to come as a “pilgrim of peace” remained intact. 

But his itinerary had to undergo changes. Peter’s successor will no longer visit the east of the country, which is plagued by violence from armed groups.

Tens of thousands of Congolese have been displaced, with many heading toward Goma, amid renewed clashes between government…

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