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Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

Feb. 02, 2023 12:02 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis led Congo’s young people in a rousing denunciation of political corruption on Thursday, turning an otherwise scripted meeting with church catechists into a rally that shook the capital’s sports stadium. Francis was repeatedly interrupted as...

Pope consoles Congolese victims: 'Your pain is my pain'

Feb. 01, 2023 21:01 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Congo’s people to forgive those who committed “inhuman violence” against them, celebrating a Mass for 1 million people and then hearing firsthand of the atrocities some of them have endured: a teenage girl “raped like an animal” for...

In Congo, activists look to Pope to boost forest protections

Feb. 01, 2023 12:04 PM EST

Local climate activists in Congo are hoping Pope Francis' visit will help spur action to protect the country's rainforest from oil and gas interests. The Pope's call to protect Congo's “great green lungs of the world” on Tuesday was welcomed by campaigners who see the papal visit...

'Hands off Africa!': Pope blasts foreign plundering of Congo

Jan. 31, 2023 16:05 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” as he arrived in Congo to a raucous welcome by Congolese grateful he was focusing the world’s attention on their forgotten plight. ...

Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe voted as state's top sports figure

Jan. 31, 2023 13:10 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky men’s basketball forward Oscar Tshiebwe, who was named The Associated Press' top player on the way to sweeping all six national awards last spring, has been voted the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year. Tshiebwe is the...

Pope Francis arrives in Congolese capital to begin six-day visit to Congo, South Sudan

Jan. 31, 2023 08:58 AM EST
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Congolese capital to begin six-day visit to Congo, South Sudan.

Survivors of conflict to meet Pope Francis in Congo

Jan. 30, 2023 10:53 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — It took years for Marie Louise Wambale to re-establish her life after fighting between the M23 rebel group and the Congolese army forced her to flee with almost nothing more than a decade ago. Like most Catholics in eastern Congo, she hoped that Pope Francis...

‘He’s close to us’: Wheelchair users in Africa await pope

Jan. 28, 2023 08:32 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in Congo and South Sudan next week, thousands of people will take special note of a gesture more grounded than the sign of the cross. Watching from their wheelchairs, they will relate to the way he uses his. The pope, who began using a...

Fighting intensifies in eastern Congo, displacing hundreds

Jan. 26, 2023 17:11 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Fighting intensified around a town in eastern Congo Thursday as a rebel group seeking to expand the territory it controls increased pressure on government troops defending it, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes. By evening it was unclear who...

A bomb injures at least a 12 people near a market in Congo

Jan. 25, 2023 17:09 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A bomb exploded at a market in eastern Congo on Wednesday, injuring at least a dozen people, authorities said. An unknown person detonated a bomb inside a bag in North Kivu's Beni town, said Tharcisse Katembo, a local official. “Damage was...