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 and diplomatic corps the three-point 'compass,' grounded in CAR's motto,needed to properly guide their nation's future. Th...
“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 completed a ceremony to open the Holy Door of the Jubilee of Mercy and celebrated Mass. * * * I greet you with my deepe...
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 hope.” Judging from the applause at certain moments during the Pope’s homily today at a Mass he celebrated in Bangui’s cat...
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 Bangui, after saying he had read the signs of the children present displaying thewords 'peace,' 'forgiveness,' 'unity,' and '...
Quote for November 27
'Act, and God will act.'
-Joan of Arc
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis' prepared script to give to Kenya's youth this morning in the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi: *** Mr President, My Brother Bishops, Dear …read more
"We stand here today in Munyonyo at the place where King Mwanga determined to wipe out the followers of Christ. He failed in this, just as King Herod failed to kill Jesus. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening to a meeting of catechists and teachers in Uganda. The meeting was held at the site of the first martyrdoms of the …read more
'How Could I Not Denounce the Injustices You Suffer?' Pope Says During Visit to Kengami Slum Francis Tells Poor That Respecting the 'Sacred 3 L's' of Land, LodgingandLaborIs NotPhilanthropy, …read more
"My visit to your country is meant above all to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs by my predecessor, Pope Paul VI. But I hope that my presence here will also be seen as a sign of friendship, esteem and encouragement for all the people of this great nation"
Here is the text of theaddress Pope Francis gave in English this evening in Uganda, to the diplomatic corps and other officials, during the welcome ceremony at State House in Entebbe. * * * …read more
“If you haven’t received understanding, be understanding with others, if you haven’t received love, love others; if you have felt the pain of loneliness, approach those that are alone”
Here is a ZENIT translation of the transcription of Pope Francis’ address to youth today in Kenya. He did not follow his prepared text and instead spoke in his native Spanish, with his words …read more
Throwing Aside Script, Pope Francis Asks Kenya's Young People If They'll Allow Difficulties to Destroy or Use Them as Opportunities
Pope Francis has asked Kenya's young people how they will respond to the challenges they face, including those of tribalism, corruption, and desperation, and challenged them to get out of …read more
"I congratulate you, I accompany you and I want you to know that the Lord never forgets you. The path of Jesus began on the peripheries, it goes from the poor and with the poor, towards others."
This is the address Pope Francis gave this morning when hevisited Kangemi slum in Nairobi: *** Thank you for welcoming me to your neighbourhood. I thank Archbishop Kivuva and Father Pascal …read more
Says It Will Be ‘Catastrophic’ If Individual Interests Prevail Over the Common Good in Paris Meeting, and Information Is Manipulated to Protect ‘Plans and Projects’
Pope Francis concluded his first full day in Kenya with an address at the UN headquarters in Africa, in which he emphasized the importance of caring for God’s gift of creation, saying that it …read more