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ANDAt dawn, when the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa began to sing, a young woman in a blue cotton dress raised her hands to the sky in front of the altar and swayed.

Every minute more people came to the church on their way to work or school, and the chatter in the pews was about only one thing: on Tuesday, Pope Francis will arrive in Kinshasa on the first papal visit to the Democratic Republic of the Democratic Republic. Congo (DRC) at 38.

On the eve of his three-day visit, the dilapidated capital with its street vendors Continue — a starchy staple — and grilled meats and its never-closed nightclubs are ablaze with anticipation. Billboards and signs welcoming the Pope are on the rise

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