Pope Francis visits Congolese victims
Pope Francis urged displaced Congolese on Wednesday to forgive rebel groups in eastern Congo for committing violence against them. At the Vatican Embassy, victims from the east told their stories to the pope before he blessed them. The pope had planned to visit eastern Congo after touring Kinshasa, the capital, but canceled his plans due to ongoing battles between government troops and a rebel group.
What are the details of the conflict? Since the 1990s, rebel groups have vied to control the mineral-rich territory in eastern Congo. The conflict has displaced more than 5 million Congolese, according to the World Food Program. About half the Congolese are Roman Catholic, which makes Congo the most Catholic country in Africa. Pope Francis calls the violence a forgotten genocide.
Dig deeper: Read more about the unrest in eastern Congo from Onize Ohikere.
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