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

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:20 pm .- “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.

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

Nov 29, 2015 - 02:33 pm .- 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.

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

Nov 29, 2015 - 12:23 pm .- 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.

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

Nov 29, 2015 - 10:35 am .- 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.

Christians can find unity in suffering, Pope Francis tells Evangelicals in CAR

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:05 am .- The path to Christian unity includes shared suffering, Pope Francis told the Central African Republic’s evangelical Christian communities on Sunday, exhorting them to continue showing charity amid war and violence.

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

Nov 29, 2015 - 08:12 am .- 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.

Pope to Ugandan youth: You are a people of martyrs

Nov 28, 2015 - 08:33 am .- 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.

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

Nov 28, 2015 - 08:03 am .- 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. 

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

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:53 am .- 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.

Pope praises Ugandans for helping refugees rebuild their lives

Nov 27, 2015 - 09:02 am .- 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.  

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

Nov 26, 2015 - 11:41 pm .- 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.

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

Nov 26, 2015 - 09:00 am .- 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.

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

Nov 26, 2015 - 06:01 am .- 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.

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

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:02 am .- 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.

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

Nov 24, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- 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.

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

Nov 7, 2015 - 04:23 am .- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee.

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

Oct 20, 2015 - 12:04 am .- 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.

'It's truly a miracle' – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Oct 15, 2015 - 06:03 am .- A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape.

Ugandans are eagerly preparing for papal visit with prayer, penance

Oct 8, 2015 - 06:02 am .- In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to their country, the head of the Ugandan bishops' conference has called on Catholics to make themselves ready to welcome the Pope though prayer and charitable works.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism.

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