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He's Back! Mark Sanford And 8 More Great Political Resurrections

Four years ago, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford disappeared from the public eye for five days, telling his staff he was "Hiking the Apalachian trail." Since then, the expression has become the euphemism in American popular culture for infidelity, but Sanford may have the last laugh.

The 52-year-old Republican pulled off an unexpected political comeback, winning Tuesday's race for South Carolina's 1st district congressional seat, and reminded every disgraced leader that redemption is (almost) always possible.

Here are a few examples of resurrected leaders around the world who managed to come back from embarrassing scandals, bruising defeats and the depths of political wilderness...

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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