Kinshasa, 03 February, 2023 / 5:12 pm (ACI Africa).
After interacting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, February 1, victims of violence in Ituri Province in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed hope that peace would return to their country and to their region.
Addressing journalists Thursday, February 2, the Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) in Ituri province said they were “greatly touched” by their encounter with Pope Francis.
“We were greatly touched by the Holy Father’s patience during our meeting and we saw a father bearing the suffering of his people,” Fr. Chrizante Djabu who spoke on behalf of victims from Ituri Province during the press conference said.
He added, “The message of consolation received from the Holy Father will touch the hearts of many, even those who could not make it to Kinshasa.”
“We really hope the visit of the Holy Father to our country will touch the hearts of those carryout violence to seek peace,” Fr. Djabu said during the press conference, which members of the Cultural Forum of the Ituri Community of Kinshasa (CIK) organized.