Pope Francis in Africa

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Pope Francis arrives in Maputo, Mozambique on September 4.

Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique for 3-nation trip

Sep 4, 2019

Pope Francis arrived in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday, kicking off a Sept. 4-10 trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The pope was... Read more

Baobab trees in Madagascar.

Solidarity is strong in the Church in Madagascar, priest says

Sep 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Later this week, Pope Francis visit the island nation of Madagascar, a place where the faith is practiced with simplicity... Read more

The "popemobile" that Pope Francis will use in Mozambique.

Before it hits the road, the 'popemobile' takes to the seas

Aug 29, 2019

Ahead of a papal trip to Africa, the “popemobile” - the vehicle in which Pope Francis will travel - has... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with journalists on the papal plane on the return flight to Rome August 18, 2014.

Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Africa to Rome

Nov 30, 2015

In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists... 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 prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

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

Nov 29, 2015

Reported violence near a mosque Pope Francis is slated to visit in Central African Republic caused the pontiff to reply... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to youth in CAR on Nov. 29, 2015.

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

Nov 29, 2015

During his meeting with the youth of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis gave spontaneous comments in response to a... 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

Pope Francis arrives in the Central African Republic Nov 29, 2015.

Pope advocates for peace, unity in Central African Republic

Nov 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

After landing in the war-torn Central African Republic, Pope Francis urged the country’s leaders to work for peace and reconciliation,... Read more

Three religious sisters attend Mass for the martyrs of Uganda on Nov. 28.

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

Nov 28, 2015

Pope Francis wrapped up his public appearances in Uganda with an address to the priests, religious and seminarians of the... Read more

Ugandan youth greeted Pope Francis with welcome signs and big smiles today during a meeting at Kampala's airport.

Pope to Ugandan youth: You are a people of martyrs

Nov 28, 2015

On his last day in Uganda, Pope Francis heard testimonies of suffering from young people and praised Ugandan’s faith, which... Read more

Pope Francis addresses residents and staff at the House of Charity near Kampala, Uganda.

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

Nov 28, 2015

The world is marked by growing indifference, but Christians cannot forget Christ’s call to serve the poor, Pope Francis stressed... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Shrine of the Uganda martyrs at Namugono Nov. 28, 2015.

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

Nov 28, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Marking his first full day in Uganda with Mass to celebrate the nation’s martyrs, Pope Francis said the call to... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Uganda.

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

Nov 27, 2015

Speaking with catechists and teachers in Uganda, Pope Francis on Friday offered encouragement and stressed that witnessing the faith is... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope praises Ugandans for helping refugees rebuild their lives

Nov 27, 2015

Pope Francis praised the Ugandan people for showing “outstanding concern” for refugees in a time when our world is witnessing... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Full text of Pope Francis' powerful, unscripted talk with Kenya's youth

Nov 27, 2015

An impassioned Pope Francis went off-the-cuff in a vast, widespread speech to Kenyan youth, touching on challenging topics such as... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members and beneficiaries of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Nairobi Kenya on Nov. 26, 2015. Photo courtesy: Community of Sant'Egidio.

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

Nov 26, 2015

During his tri-nation visit to Africa this week, Pope Francis made a stop at a slum in Nairobi and praised... Read more