Vatican City (AP) — Pope Francis greets members of the Congolese community in Rome and borrows words from his native language on Sunday. Hope for peace and joy during a particularly vibrant ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica.
Francis, 85, was to make a pilgrimage to Congo and South Sudan from July 2nd to 7th. However, in recent weeks, his trip was canceled last month due to persistent knee pain that caused the Pope to use his wheelchair and cane.
In his itinerary of the postponed trip, he would have celebrated Mass at the airport in the capital Kinshasa in Congo on Sunday.
Instead, about 2,000 Congolese or descendants of people from Congolese joined the Pope of Mass in the Vatican. They applauded when Francis began his sacredness by speaking several words in the language of Congo.
Believers' prayers were chanted in Swahili, Lingala, Turba, and the four official languages of the country, Kikongo.
"Christians always bring peace," Francis said. Reflecting the theme of the reconciliation he planned to go through the African pilgrimage, the colorful attire and vibrant singing voice of the congregation were often solemn attire in many cathedral ceremonies. This was in contrast to the chants of priests, nuns and faithful priests.
A day ago, Francis sent a video message to the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan, urging them to build new paths for reconciliation, peace and development. He expressed disappointment that he couldn't travel this month, but he promised to visit as soon as possible.
The Deities of Divinities renewed their encouragement in honor of Sunday.
"Today, dear brothers and sisters, let us pray for peace and reconciliation," Francis said. He described one of the poorest countries in the world, despite its abundant natural resources, as "extremely hurt and exploited."
The Catholic Church has played a role in establishing democracy in Congo, where it has defended human rights. The church has about 40,000 people to monitor the 2019 vote that led Felix Tshisekedi to the president, the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power in Congo since its independence from Belgium in 1960. We have assigned an election observer.
At the end of the Mass, the nun Rita Mbosh Congo addressed the Pope in Italian, thanked him for his concerns about Africa, and wished his health, the Congolese people said he He said he was waiting for his visit with his arms open.
Francis leaned on his cane, walked a few steps towards his wheelchair, and when the believers waved his hand and sang happily, an aide expelled him from the cathedral.