The streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, will undergo a makeover from today ahead of Pope Francis’ visit at the end of the month.
Kinshasa Governor Gentiny Ngobila says the main city center will be smart, with street vendors and abandoned vehicles removed from roads connecting to the Kinshasa International Airport.
This is the first time that the city of at least 14 million residents will be hosting Pope Francis.
A previous pope, the late John Paul II, visited the country twice in 1980 and 1985 during the rule of former strongman Mobutu Sese Seko.
Catholics make up the majority of the country’s population in DRC. END.