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Pope pleads for peace in Congo

December 05, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI issued a plea for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo as he concluded his regular weekly audience on December 5.

Referring to “the grave humanitarian crisis” that exists in the east of the African country, “which for months now has been the scene of armed conflict and violence,” the Pontiff urged international action to promote peace efforts.

Because of the continued fighting in the country, the Pope reported: “A large part of the population lacks even the most basic means of support and thousands have been forced to abandon their homes to seek refuge elsewhere.”


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