“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
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
Setting Aside Prepared Text, Francis Tells Religious to Not Let Temptations Distract From Following the Lord
The Pope says that religious need to follow Christ to the Cross during their lives, but then need not fret, for He will take care of the rest. Speaking toclergy, men and women religiousand …read more
At Mass at University of Nairobi, Pope Reminds Them They Belong to God and He'll Always Be There for Us
Becauseallfaithful belong to God, they should not be afraid and should stand strong in the faith.The Holy Father gave this advice this morning during his homily at the Mass held at the …read more
At Interreligious, Ecumenical Meeting in Nairobi, Acknowledges Barberous Attacks on Westgate Mall, Garissa University College and Mandera Are Fresh in Nation's Minds and Prays the Almighty Touches the Hearts of Those Who Engage in Violence
"His holy Name must never be used to justify hatred and violence," Pope Francis has said, stressing how important it to realize that the God we seek to serve is a God of peace. Speaking to …read more
This Is Inhumane Terrorism: ‘What Happens in Paris Happens in Tunisia, What Happens in Beirut Happens in Mali’
After Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Tunis, Tunisia, which resulted in the death of 13 people, the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of the nation emphasized that we “ …read more
"Many lives, many stories, many dreams have been shipwrecked in our day. We cannot remain indifferent in the face of this. We have no right"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening during his visit to theUnited Nations Office at Nairobi, the UN headquarters in Africa. This was the Pope's final …read more