Pope Francis to visit two fragile African nations: DR Congo and South Sudan

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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis starts a trip on Tuesday to two fragile African nations often forgotten by the world, where protracted conflicts have left millions of refugees and displaced people grappling with hunger. The Jan. 31-Feb 5 visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan, takes the 86-year-old pope to places where Catholics make up about half of the populations and where the Church is a key player in health and educational systems as well as in democracy-building efforts. The trip was scheduled to take place last July but was postponed because…

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