The bishops said it is unfortunate that their recommendations on security and national cohesion are not adhered to.
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Priest, 5 Students Arrested for ‘We Refuse Corruption’ Chants Against Congolese President After Pope Francis Event in DRC
The students and Father Guy Julien Muluku, a Congolese member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, were detained nearly 34 hours before being released shortly before 10pm on Feb. 3.
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.
‘Dear priests and deacons, consecrated men and women, seminarians: through you, the Lord also wants to anoint his people today with the balm of consolation and hope.’
Pope Francis on Thursday interacted with an enthusiastic crowd of 65,000 young people and adults, some of whom traveled days to be present for the papal visit.
The Pope emphasized that charity, in the Christian sense, is about raising people ‘back up to their dignity’ rather than treating those in need like statistics.
‘To every family that grieves or is displaced by the burning of villages and other war crimes, to the survivors of sexual violence and to every injured child and adult, I say: I am with you; I want to bring you God’s caress. He gazes upon you with tenderness and compassion…’
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in French, the official language of DRC, and Lingala, the Bantu-based creole spoken in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and by millions of speakers across Central Africa.
‘May the world acknowledge the catastrophic things that were done over the centuries to the detriment of the local peoples, and not forget this country and this continent.’