The Holy Father emphasized that the Catechism teaches that people with same-sex attraction should not be marginalized.
‘He was always by my side, supporting me,’ the Pope said of the late pope emeritus during a Feb. 5 in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane returning from South Sudan.
‘This country, so beautiful yet ravaged by violence, needs the light that each one of you has, or better, the light that each one of you is…’
Pope Francis discussed the importance of working toward peace, but also emphasized the importance of prayer as a valuable means to foster peace.
During the encounter, Francis heard testimony about the lives and ministries of Sister Mary Daniel Abud and Sister Regina Roba, who were killed in a violent attack in South Sudan in 2021.
Pope Francis will also meet South Sudanese refugees, people who have been internally displaced due to the war, before leading an ecumenical prayer service.
Pope Francis encouraged the bishops to be close to the Lord in prayer in order to be prophets for their people.
An estimated 40,000 children work in these mines in DRC.