The Archbishop of Canterbury will join Pope Francis for the South Sudan leg of his African tour after an emotional visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pope heads to volatile South Sudan after Congo visit
Pope Francis is wrapping up an emotional visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo to head to neighbouring South Sudan, another nation struggling to overcome decades of conflict and grinding poverty.
The 86-year-old pontiff, on his third visit to sub-Saharan Africa since his papacy began in 2013, was given a rapturous welcome by huge crowds in the Congolese capital Kinshasa but also confronted the reality of war, poverty and hunger.
On Wednesday, he heard harrowing stories from victims of conflict in eastern Congo who had witnessed the killings of close relatives and been subjected to sexual slavery, amputation and forced cannibalism.
The pope condemned the atrocities as war crimes and appealed to all parties, internal and external, who orchestrate war in Congo to plunder the country’s vast mineral resources to stop getting rich with “money stained with blood”.