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Papal prayers for Congo

August 16, 2016

Following his August 15 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for inhabitants of the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a massacre there.

The nation’s military attributed the massacre, which left over 30 dead, to the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan Islamist group.

“I would like to entrust to the Queen of Peace, whom we contemplate today in heavenly glory, the anxieties and sorrows of the populations that in so many places of the world are innocent victims of persistent conflicts,” he said. “My thought goes to the inhabitants of North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently stricken by new massacres, which for some time have been perpetrated in shameful silence, without even drawing our attention.”

“Unfortunately, these victims are part of the many innocents that have no weight on world opinion,” he continued. “May Mary obtain for all sentiments of understanding and the desire for concord.”

 
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