And 7 Memorable Phrases
Pope Francis left Africa today shortly after noon local time, completing his six-day apostolic visit to the “continent of hope,” after having given some 20 discourses and homilies in three nations. One of his last activities was among the most significant: a visit to a mosque in war-torn Central African Republic...
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...
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 get a look at this war-torn country, and the Church there, ZENIT spoke with Bishop Juan Jose Aguirre of Bangassou. ZEN...
Quote for November 27
'Act, and God will act.'
-Joan of Arc
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
“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