During Final Mass of African Journey, Encourages Faithful to Renew Missionary Zeal
"Eternal life is not an illusion; it is not a flight from the world. It is a powerful reality which calls out to us and challenges us to persevere in faith and love,"Pope Francis declared during his final Mass in Africa at the end of this six-day visit,celebrated this morning at theBarthélémy Boganda Stadium in ...
Speaking to Muslims, Says Muslims and Christians Are Brothers, Sisters; Acknowledges Recent Violence Not Grounded in Properly Religious Motives
Pope Francis has said that Christians and Muslims together, must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, "particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself." The Holy Father stressed this point this morning when speaking to Muslims in theGrand Mosque of Koudoukou...
Francis Met With Young Patients, Staff; Brought Medicine for Children from Rome's Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital
Despite even more protective security than normal, given he was visiting an active war-zone, Pope Francis was not deterred from makinga brief, unscheduled stop at a children's hospital in Central African Republic's capital ofBangui, reported Vatican Radio. During the visit last night, the Pope met with some of...
'Dear Central Africans, may you look to the future and, strengthened by the distance you have already come, resolutely determine to begin a new chapter in the Christian history of your country, to set out towards new horizons, to put out into the deep.'
Below is the Vatican-provided translationof Pope Francis' homily during the Mass he celebrated this morning at theBarthélémy Boganda Stadium in Bangui: *** We might be astonished, listening to this morning’s first reading, by the enthusiasm and missionary drive of Saint Paul. “How beautiful are the feet of ...
Quote for November 27
'Act, and God will act.'
-Joan of Arc
'Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, salam.'
Below is the Vatican-provided translation ofPope Francis'address during his meeting with the Muslim community in the GrandMosque of Koudoukou in theCentral African Republic's capital ofBangui …read more
'In order to progress on our journey towards the full communion for which we long, we need continually to draw inspiration from the gesture of reconciliation and peace by our venerable predecessors Paul VI and Athenagoras I.'
Below is the Vatican-provided text of the message Pope Francis sentto Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His HolinessBartholomew I, for the Feast of St. Andrew: *** To His Holiness …read more
Also Says He Comes to War-torn Central African Republic 'As Pilgrim of Peace, Apostle of Hope'
Saying he came to the Central African Republic as'a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope,' like his predecessor St. John Paul II, Pope Francis gave the war-plagued country's authorities …read more
“Peace is not a document that is signed and then put up some place. Peace is made each day. Peace is a craft, a handiwork. It’s made with the hands”
Here is a ZENIT transcription and translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening in Bangui, Central African Republic, at a prayer vigil outside of the cathedral. The Pope had just …read more
Says Christ's Followers Must Be Specialists in Reconciliation, Experts in Mercy
In a video message sent by Pope Francis to the Central African Republic in the lead-up to his visit to the country, the Holy Father said his goal was to bring “the comfort of consolation and …read more
Visiting St. Sauveur Refugee Camp, Francis Urges Everyone to Repeat 'We Are All Brothers'
We must work and pray and do everything for peace. The Holy Father gave this exortion when speakingoff-the-cuff to the St. Sauveur Refugee Camp in the Central African Republic's capital of …read more
Interview With Missionary Father Torquato Paolucci: ”The Problem Today Is Corruption"
Pope Francis has just left Uganda today, now nearing the end of his three-nation, six-day visit to Africa. Father Torquato Paolucci, Italian Comboni missionary from Urbania, worked from 1972 …read more
"Dear young people, the most precious good which we can have in this life is our relationship with God. Are you convinced of this?"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis had prepared for a meeting with youth outside the cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, following a Mass he celebrated there …read more