“This is why I love Africa, because Africa was the victim of other powers”
At the end of his Apostolic Journey to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, Pope Francis met with journalists for a press conference on board the plane, during the return flight from Bangui to Rome. Here is a ZENIT translation of the Vatican transcription of the Pontiff’s conversation with the journal...
Because God "Never Tires of Forgiving"
This month, the Pope is praying that all of us might experience God's mercy. The Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for December. His universal intention is “that all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving." For his evangelization intention, the Holy Fa...
Local Customs OK If Not Banned by the General Instruction
Q: "Is it forbidden by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) or the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments for concelebrating priests, deacons assisting, religious in choir, or laypeople present at Mass, to bow athearingthe holy names of Jesus and Mary(and by extension the saint of the d...
Suggests 3 Pillars for 'Global and Transformational' Agreement
The Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke Monday at the opening of the 21st Conference of States Parties to the Convention COP 21, which is underway in Paris through Dec. 11. After communicating Pope Francis' greetings and encouragement to the the participants in the hope of a fruitful outcom...
Quote for November 27
'Act, and God will act.'
-Joan of Arc
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 …read more
Bishop of Bangassou: “If the Holy Father doesn’t resolve this situation, no one will”
The rapid escalation of violence over the last few weeks in the Central African Republic put the last stage of Pope Francis’ trip to Africa in doubt. In the lead-up to the apostolic visit, to …read more
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 …read more
'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 …read more
'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
Prayers Answered: Pope Leaves Africa After Proclaiming Message of Peace And 7 Memorable Phrases Pope Francis left Africa today shortly after noon local time, completing his six-day apostolic …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