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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Newly built church in refugee camp lifts Christians’ spirits in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, Nov 26, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The construction of a new church building in a Baghdad refugee camp has encouraged the camp's inhabitants, as they now have a place for worship and for activities during the week. According to Amigos de Irak (Friends of Iraq), a project of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, the church, named for the Virgin Mary, was dedicated during a Nov. 13 Mass. The Mass was said by Archbishop Jean Sleiman of Baghdad, and concelebrated by … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis in Kenya: no matter what our divisions, we must work for peace

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 25, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis began his trip to Africa in Kenya, where he praised the “young and vibrant nation” and encouraged Kenyans to continue working for peace in their country. “Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration,” Pope Francis said Nov. 25 during his first public address in Kenya. His arrival in the capital of Nairobi marks the … [Read more...]

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Africa’s bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Accra, Ghana, Nov 24, 2015 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the importance of the family in African society and the need for peace in regions suffering terrorism and violent conflict. “As representatives of the Church in Africa we warmly welcome the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he makes his first apostolic visit to our continent,” said the standing committee of … [Read more...]

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Even a missile strike couldn’t stop Sunday Mass at this Syrian church

Aleppo, Syria, Nov 7, 2015 / 04:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee. Instead, they continued Mass outside, confident in the Virgin Mary’s protection. “If the bomb had gone off on top of the dome, there could have been a tragedy,” said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, the Mass celebrant. “Even if it had made the chandelier fall, it could have killed about 10 people. As … [Read more...]

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Ghana’s bishops ask country to work for fair elections in 2016

Accra, Ghana, Oct 20, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Ghana have asked the country’s election commission to register all eligible voters and to work to ensure confidence in the accuracy of the voter registry. They also urged Ghana’s government to provide the necessary resources and logistics to the electoral commission to update the voter registry. They hoped and prayed that all stakeholders, especially political parties, will be honest and truthful in … [Read more...]

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