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Pope Francis caresses the cheek of a woman whose hand was amputated in the violence that continues to plague the eastern part of Congo. The pope met victims of violence Feb. 1, 2023, at the apostolic nunciature in Kinshasa. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Victims of violence in Congo share their grief with pope

Pope Francis had planned to go to Goma in the violence-torn North Kivu province, but increased fighting forced him to cancel the trip to the East to protect the crowds that would gather to see him.

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Matt Olson, a native of Isanti, Minn., is pictured with his parents, Doug and Sue Olson, in an undated photo. In February 2016, a junior hockey game left Olson, 20 years old at the time, paralyzed from the chest down. Now 26, Olson credits faith, family, community and his alma mater, Totino-Grace Catholic High School in Fridley, Minn., with carrying him through the many challenges he has faced as a result of his life-altering injury.(OSV News photo/courtesy Matt Olson)

Faith, family, community help former athlete meet challenges after life-altering injury

Matt Olson is on a new path and it’s one he never expected. The 26-year-old native of Isanti, Minnesota, said he’s not letting a life-altering injury affect his future as community support carries him through challenging times and his trust in God helps him forge a new perspective on life.

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