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‘Hands off Africa!’: Pope blasts foreign plundering of Congo

By Nicole Winfield, Jean-yves Kamale And Christina Malkia THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KINSHASA, Congo (AP)- Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” as he arrived in Congo to a raucous welcome by Congolese grateful he was focusing the world’s attention on their forgotten plight. Tens of thousands of people lined the main road into the capital, Kinshasa, to welcome Francis after he landed at the airport, some standing three or four deep, with children in school uniforms taking the front row. It was a scene reminiscent of some of Francis’ first trips to majority Catholic countries but which hasn’t been the norm in recent years as he has chosen to go to smaller countries closer to home where Catholics

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