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Father Norberto Pozzi.

Missionary priest in Central African Republic injured in land mine explosion has foot amputated

Feb 16, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

Father Norberto Pozzi was injured when the car he was traveling in drove over a land mine, causing it to... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis calls for peace in Central African Republic after disputed election

Jan 6, 2021

Pope Francis called Wednesday for peace in the Central African Republic following a disputed election.  Read more

Soldiers patrolling on streets of Bangui, Central African Republic. View from inside military vehicle.

Armed rebels threaten peace agreement in Central African Republic, bishop warns

Jul 15, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Armed rebel groups are thwarting the prospects for success of the Central African Republic’s recent peace agreement, warned the president... Read more

Children in the Central African Republic.

UNICEF: CAR is most dangerous country for children

Mar 11, 2019

Despite last month’s peace agreement between the Central African Republic government and rebel factions, the country’s citizens, especially children, continue... Read more

Central African Republic reaches peace deal with rebel groups

Feb 6, 2019

The Central African Republic government has signed a peace deal with more than a dozen armed groups this week.  Read more

Central Africans.

CAR bishops establish day of prayer for victims of violence

Nov 29, 2018

The bishops of the Central African Republic have set aside a day of mourning and a day of prayer for... Read more

CAR children.

In deadly CAR conflict, Catholic seminary shelters 2,000 Muslims

Sep 1, 2017

Thousands of Muslim refugees have fled deadly militias in the Central African Republic thanks to Bangassou’s Bishop Juan José Aguirre... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope prays for victims of heightened violence in Central African Republic

May 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis offered his prayer and support for victims of a recent jump in violence in the Central... Read more

Pope Francis visits children in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29, 2015.

Proceeds of Vatican art project will go to children's hospital in CAR

Feb 7, 2017

Inspired by Pope Francis’ trip to Central African Republic in 2015, a children’s hospital in the country will receive a... Read more

Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario. Nov. 19, 2016.

For Bangladesh's new cardinal, papal visit will boost faith

Nov 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

After becoming the first prelate from Bangladesh to ever get a red hat, newly-elevated Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario said his country... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope meets Central African Republic's new president

Apr 18, 2016

Pope Francis on Monday met with the Central African Republic's newly-installed president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who was elected to office a... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope calls Central African Christians, Muslims to unite against violence

Nov 30, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Christians and Muslims must unite against acts which “disfigure the Face of God” by promoting peace, Pope Francis told Islamic... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors of Bangui's cathedral Nov. 29.

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

Nov 29, 2015

“Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his homily during Mass in the cathedral of Bangui, CAR, Nov. 29, 2015.

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

Nov 29, 2015

In the Central African Republic on Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a homily emphasizing that God’s powerful love can overcome “unprecedented... Read more

Central Africans gathered in Bangui to greet Pope Francis, Nov. 29, 2015.

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

Nov 29, 2015

The path to Christian unity includes shared suffering, Pope Francis told the Central African Republic’s evangelical Christian communities on Sunday,... Read more

Children at the Saint Sauveur refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, welcome Pope Francis, Nov. 29, 2015.

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

Nov 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ first stop after arriving in the Central African Republic Sunday was to a refugee camp housing thousands of... Read more

Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 5, 2015.

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

Nov 24, 2015

Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims before the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 19, 2015.

Africa abuzz ahead of Pope’s visit, Ugandan archbishop says

Oct 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

As his country gets ready to receive their spiritual ‘grandfather,’ Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Uganda said Pope Francis’... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis' visit to Africa in November

Sep 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November,... Read more

Pope confirms plans to visit Central African Republic, Uganda in November

Jun 12, 2015

Pope Francis said today that he is planning to travel to Africa in November, specifically to the Central African Republic,... Read more