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Pope heads to South Sudan to urge peace as fighting kills 27

Pope Francis opened the second and final leg of his African pilgrimage by heading to South Sudan on Friday, hoping to encourage the young country's stalled peace process and draw international attention to continued fighting and a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Pope Francis, centre, departs for South Sudan from Kinshasa, Congo, on Feb. 3, 2023. (Jerome Delay / AP)

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