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Expectations of the Pope’s Visit to Africa

Ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to DR Congo on Tuesday, a Nigerian priest has said there needs to be more African representation in the Catholic Church. In an interview alongside Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Ugandan nun who’s been described as the African Mother Teresa, Father Stan added that the Pope wants Africa to have a voice. “I have never seen Pope Francis so animated as a I saw him at this virtual conversation between about 3,000 African young people,” he said. Sister Rosemary also said that the Pope is coming at a crucial time because he can “bring a glimpse of hope to people” who have faced adversity for a “long time”. DR Congo is currently facing escalating conflict in the east of the country instigated by armed militia groups. The Pope will also visit South Sudan which has faced conflict for years.