Pope Francis denounces ‘economic colonialism’ in DR Congo
01 February 2023 | 11:49 am
Pope Francis strongly denounced the "economic colonialism" which "is unleashed" in Africa and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on the first day of his visit to the country. "After political colonialism, an equally enslaving economic colonialism was unleashed.
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