Pope to displaced persons: peace is impossible without tolerance, forgiveness

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 08:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ first stop after arriving in the Central African Republic Sunday was to a refugee camp housing thousands of persons displaced by the country’s ongoing conflict. Upon his arrival at the camp Nov. 29, the Pope  was greeted by children living there, who held up signs displaying words such as “peace,” “love,” “unity,” and “pardon.” After … [Read more...]

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Pope to Ugandan youth: You are a people of martyrs

Kampala, Uganda, Nov 28, 2015 / 08:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On his last day in Uganda, Pope Francis heard testimonies of suffering from young people and praised Ugandan’s faith, which he said comes from the martyrs who have come before them.“All of you, be aware, be aware that you are a people of martyrs,” the Pope said in Spanish, with the help of an interpreter into English, during the youth encounter at the Kololo Air Strip in Kampala.“Through your own veins runs … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ road map for the faith? Serve the poor.

Kampala, Uganda, Nov 28, 2015 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The world is marked by growing indifference, but Christians cannot forget Christ’s call to serve the poor, Pope Francis stressed in his speech this afternoon at the House of Charity in Nalukolongo, Uganda.“I appeal to all parishes and communities in Uganda – and the rest of Africa – not to forget the poor. Not to forget the poor!” the Pope repeated. “The Gospel commands us to go out to the … [Read more...]

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Pope to Ugandan catechists: Your work is not easy. But it is important.

Munyonyo, Uganda, Nov 27, 2015 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking with catechists and teachers in Uganda, Pope Francis on Friday offered encouragement and stressed that witnessing the faith is critical for the growth of the Church. “Even when the task seems too much, the resources too few, the obstacles too great, it should never be forgotten that yours is a holy work,” he said. “The Holy Spirit is present wherever the name of Christ is proclaimed. He … [Read more...]

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Pope praises Ugandans for helping refugees rebuild their lives

Entebbe, Uganda, Nov 27, 2015 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised the Ugandan people for showing “outstanding concern” for refugees in a time when our world is witnessing an unprecedented movement of people fleeing violence and injustice. “Here in East Africa, Uganda has shown outstanding concern for welcoming refugees, enabling them to rebuild their lives in security and to sense the dignity which comes from earning one’s livelihood through … [Read more...]

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What you have is worth more than money – the Pope to Kenya’s poor

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 26, 2015 / 11:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his tri-nation visit to Africa this week, Pope Francis made a stop at a slum in Nairobi and praised those he met for their love of and emphasis on community and relationships – over what he called a vacuous, “unbridled consumption” that often plagues the West. “I want in first place to uphold these values which you practice, values which are not quoted in the stock exchange, are not subject to … [Read more...]

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Without cooperation we don’t move forward, Pope says at UN in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 26, 2015 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya, Pope Francis said on Thursday that working together is necessary to conquer problems, whether in the realms of politics, health, or development. No country “can act independently of a common responsibility. If we truly desire positive change, we have to humbly accept our interdependence, Pope Francis said Nov. 26, repeating his words from an Address to Popular … [Read more...]

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