The U.N. announced on Feb. 23 that it would be leading an investigation into the attack, which occurred close to Congo’s Virunga National Park, where many rebel groups are active.
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The pope began his address by reflecting on the “demanding request” of Jesus to his followers to place love for Him before family ties.
The death toll includes civilians caught in the crossfire of a brutal fight between the Congolese army and an opposing militia group.
A tireless advocate of human rights in Africa, Father Vincent Machozi Karunzu had escaped death at least seven times until he gave his life on Monday.