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Pope pleads for peace in Congo

October 01, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI pleaded for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo during his public audience on Sunday, September 30.

The eastern region of the African nation has been torn by fighting between government troops, rebels, and independent militia groups. The Pope expressed sympathy for the thousands of refugees, “the women and children, who because of persistent armed clashes, undergo suffering, violence and profound hardship.” He offered his prayers for the success of UN talks aimed at a resolution of the conflict, and “that peace based on justice return as swiftly as possible.”


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