Pope Francis has been greeted by Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde after arriving in the country for a visit.
Pope arrives in DR Congo as conflict rages in east
Pope Francis has landed in Democratic Republic of Congo for a visit that will highlight the human cost of decades of conflict in the vast central African country, which is rich in minerals but where millions are displaced and live in poverty.
Francis is the first pope to visit DR Congo since John Paul II in 1985, when it was still known as Zaire.
About half of DR Congo’s population of 90 million are Roman Catholics.
The 86-year-old Pope, who struggles to walk due to a chronic knee ailment, was lowered from the plane then pushed in a wheelchair onto the red carpet leading to the terminal.