Pope Francis lands in DR Congo today
Pope Francis is on Tuesday expected to land in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the largest Roman Catholic community in Africa, for a three-day visit.
It is more than 37 years since the previous Pope, John Paul II, visited the country – when it was called Zaire.
The authorities in the country have declared Wednesday a public holiday in the capital, Kinshasa, to allow Catholics to attend a mass led by Pope Francis at Ndolo Airport.
Pope Francis has asked for prayers for the journey ahead of his departure.
However, there has been some controversy surrounding the Catholic leader’s visit to Kinshasa.
Some market workers in the city have been told to dismantle their stalls to make roads tidy before the pope’s arrival. This has left some people feeling aggrieved.