Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from his window at the Vatican, January 29, 2023. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS

The Roman Catholic faithful in east of Democratic Republic of Congo's city of Goma, including victims of violence and natural disasters, are making the cross-country journey to the Congolese capital Kinshasa this week.

Iran PressAfrica: Pope Francis' visit to the Central African Country is the first trip by a pontiff in 38 years.

Eastern Congo has witnessed a resurgence of fighting between the Tutsi-led M23 rebel group and the Congolese army. The rebels have seized territories in a rapid onslaught and advanced to around 20 km (12 miles) from Goma. The fighting has displaced at least 450,000 people.

In 2021, a volcanic eruption outside Goma left a smoking trail of destruction half a mile wide, burying hundreds of houses and displacing thousands of people.


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