Pope’s Africa trip spotlights conflict, and church’s future


              People cheer at Pope Francis as he arrives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 to start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
            
              People cheer at Pope Francis as he arrives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 to start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
            
              Wellwishers run after Pope Francis following his arrival in Kinshasa, Congo, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2023. Francis is in Congo and South Sudan for a six-day trip, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
            
              Pope Francis arrives in Kinshasa, Congo, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2023. Francis is in Congo and South Sudan for a six-day trip, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
            
              Pope Francis greets well-wishers after arriving in Kinshasa, Congo, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2023. Francis is in Congo and South Sudan for a six-day trip, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
            
              Pope Francis greets well-wishers after arriving in Kinshasa, Congo, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2023. Francis is in Congo and South Sudan for a six-day trip, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
            
              Pope Francis greets well-wishers after arriving in Kinshasa, Congo, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2023. Francis is in Congo and South Sudan for a six-day trip, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
            
              Pope Francis talks to journalists aboard his flight to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, where he will start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. At right pope's spoke person Matteo Bruni. (AP Photo/Yara Nardi, pool)
            
              Pope Francis sits aboard his flight to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, where he will start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. At right pope's spoke person Matteo Bruni. (AP Photo/Yara Nardi, pool)
            
              Honour guards stand as they wait Pope Francis for a welcome ceremony at the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Pope Francis starts his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
            
              Pope Francis talks to journalists aboard his flight to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, where he will start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. At right pope's spoke person Matteo Bruni. (AP Photo/Yara Nardi, pool)
            
              People cheer at Pope Francis as he arrives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 to start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
            
              Pope Francis on a wheelchair is flanked by Congolese Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, center right, as he arrives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 to start his six-day pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan where he'll bring a message of peace to countries riven by poverty and conflict. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope’s Africa trip spotlights conflict, and church’s future