Pope advocates for peace, unity in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After landing in the war-torn Central African Republic, Pope Francis urged the country’s leaders to work for peace and reconciliation, particularly through disarmament and a stable administration. “As the Central African Republic progressively moves, in spite of difficulties, towards the normalization of its social and political life…I come as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope,” the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ three words for Ugandan religious: Memory, fidelity and prayer

Kampala, Uganda, Nov 28, 2015 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis wrapped up his public appearances in Uganda with an address to the priests, religious and seminarians of the country at the Cathedral in Kampala.In an off-the-cuff homily in the Jesuit tradition – brief, with three main points – Pope Francis reflected on three words: memory, fidelity and prayer.The greatest treasure of the memory of the Ugandan people is the witness of their martyrs, the Holy Father said. … [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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High military court will decide case of Marine punished for Bible verse

Charlotte, N.C., Nov 28, 2015 / 06:13 am (CNA).- The highest U.S. military court will hear the case of a Marine who says her religious freedom was compromised when she was ordered to remove a Bible verse from her work station. In May 2013, Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling refused to follow a superior’s order to remove a Bible verse from her workspace. In ruling on the case earlier this year, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals sided against Sterling, saying … [Read more...]

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Like the martyrs, witness to Jesus with your life, Pope tells Ugandans

Kampala, Uganda, Nov 28, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking his first full day in Uganda with Mass to celebrate the nation’s martyrs, Pope Francis said the call to be missionary disciples falls on all of us, whether at home or abroad, with our families or among our enemies. “Like the Apostles and the Uganda martyrs before us, we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit to become missionary disciples called to go forth and bring the Gospel to all,” the Pope said Nov. … [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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