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Pope Francis Receives Congolese President Kabila, Discusses Pre-Election Violence

Pope Francis received Congolese President Joseph Kabila in a private audience on Monday, with the Vatican calling upon the leader to ensure a peaceful transition to elections following deadly clashes. The 79-year-old pontiff held a brief audience with Kabila, who has led Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2001, on Monday. In a break with Vatican protocol, Francis did not greet Kabila in the reception room where he usually meets visiting heads of state, but waited for the Congolese president in his library.
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