Pope calls Central African Christians, Muslims to unite against violence

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 30, 2015 / 03:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and Muslims must unite against acts which “disfigure the Face of God” by promoting peace, Pope Francis told Islamic representatives on the final day of his visit the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). “Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” the Pope said at the Nov. 30 encounter at the Mosque of Koudoukou in the CAR capital Bangui, recalling the … [Read more...]

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Pope to Central African Christians: Be artisans of renewal in your country

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 30, 2015 / 03:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the final Mass of his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis called the Christians of the Central African Republic (CAR) to be missionaries in their nation, bringing renewal amid suffering, and hope for eternal life. “Christians of Central Africa, each of you are called to be, through perseverance in faith and missionary commitment, artisans of the human and spiritual renewal of your country,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Seeking peace and mercy, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 09:20 pm (CNA).- “Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s cathedral on Sunday--the first time a Pope has opened a Holy Door outside Rome. Pope Francis proclaimed: “We all pray for peace, mercy, reconciliation, pardon, love. Throughout the Central African Republic and in all the nations of the world which suffer war, let us pray for peace. And together … [Read more...]

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Struggle with porn? The Church can help you, US bishops say

Washington D.C., Nov 29, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time, U.S. bishops have issued a historical pastoral letter specifically addressing the global crisis of pornography, looking at how the industry is affecting the parishioners in their pews and what the Church can do to offer mercy, healing, and hope to recovering pornography users. "We offer this statement to give a word of hope and healing to those who have been harmed by pornography and to raise awareness of its … [Read more...]

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‘Can I go’ to them? Pope Francis’ stunning response to alleged murders

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reported violence near a mosque Pope Francis is slated to visit in Central African Republic caused the pontiff to reply with an immediate "can I go (be with them)?" according to a bishop who was standing close by.After hearing of the alleged death of three youth this morning in a neighborhood of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis voiced his desire to go the area, though it … [Read more...]

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Be like a banana – Pope Francis off-the-cuff to Central African youth

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his meeting with the youth of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis gave spontaneous comments in response to a young local who asked the Holy Father's advice about living in a war-torn country. “We have been taken by heavy winds and violence...these challenges remain numerous,” the young man told the Holy Father, pointing out that the symbol of their country was the banana tree because it … [Read more...]

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Christ’s love will overcome devastation, Pope Francis tells Central Africans

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the Central African Republic on Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a homily emphasizing that God’s powerful love can overcome “unprecedented devastation.” He called on Christians to be leaders in showing mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation. “The salvation of God which we await is also flavored with love,” the Pope said Nov. 29. “In preparing for the mystery of Christmas, we relive … [Read more...]

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