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Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis

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Pope Francis at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 1 January, 2014
Pope Francis at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 1 January, 2014 Reuters/Giampiero Sposito

Pope Francis became head of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago. He has sought to bring about a renaissance of the Church after years of corruption and sex scandals. He has reached out to non-Catholics and insisted that he wants a Church "for the poor". What does that mean ? RFI asked South African bishop Kevin Dowling, whose diocese has been grappling with the strike in the platinum mines – now in its seventh week.

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