Pope meets DRC's Kabila, but Vatican displeasure evident

2016-09-26 21:00
Joseph Kabila. (File: AFP)

Joseph Kabila. (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Vatican City - Pope Francis has met with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, with the Vatican insisting that the Democratic Republic of Congo's government use respectful dialogue to end violent clashes with opposition forces over delayed elections.

The audience on Monday was a brief 20 minutes, with interpreters. The pope didn't greet Kabila in the reception room where, according to Vatican protocol, Francis would normally greet a visiting head of state. Rather, a glum-looking Francis waited for Kabila in his library.

Clashes have erupted between security forces and demonstrators after DRC's electoral commission said November's presidential vote wouldn't be possible, and a court determined Kabila could stay in power until another election is organised.

The Vatican said the pope and Vatican foreign minister insisted on dialogue among politicians, civil and religious authorities to ensure peace and the common good.

Read more on:    joseph ­kabila  |  pope francis  |  vatican city  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.