Survivors of conflict to meet Pope Francis in Congo
By JUSTIN KABUMBA and SAM MEDNICK
GOMA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis’ long-awaited visit to Congo and South Sudan this week comes amid soaring insecurity in both war-torn countries. Desperate populations say they want his visit to quell the endless violence and bring stability and attention to two of the world’s most neglected crises. The Vatican said the violence forced the cancellation of the Pope’s trip to the regional capital Goma, which threatened not only his security but also that of the population. Throughout decades of war, the church has played a pivotal role in mitigating conflict in both countries. Religious experts say that in countries with enormously entrenched problems people need to be lifted out of a generational sense of dread and anxiety through messages of eternal hope.