POPE FRANCIS
IN AFRICA
 APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE
FRANCIS
TO KENYA, UGANDA AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN
REPUBLIC
 (25-30 DE NOVIEMBRE D...
EXPECTATION
FOR THE
VISIT WAS
INTENSE
THE HOLY SEE DELEGATION
COVERING THE TOUR IN THE MEDIA
THIS AFRICAN TOUR INCLUDED 3 COUNTRIES
KENYAPROGRAMME
Wednesday , 25 November 2015
 17:00 Arrival at “Jomo Kenyatta” International Airport of Nairobi
 Welcomin...
KENYA
REMEMBERED
TWO OTHER
VISITS BY POPES
PAUL VI AND
JOHN PAUL II
WEDNESDAY 25-11-2015
WEDNESDAY 25-11-2015
ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT OF NAIROBI, KENYA.
and see
so many
bishops
The Masai
tribesmen were
delighted to
greet the Pope
Pope Francis signed the visitor’s
book at the president’s residence
…all men and women
of good will are called
to work for...
President
Uhuru Kenyata
and his cabinet
were glad to
meet the
Holy Father
He spoke
to the
leaders of
the nation
He planted an olive tree, as a sign of peace
THURSDAY 26-11-2015
THURSDAY 26-11-2015
INTER-
RELIGIOSO
ENCOUNTER
By upholding respect for that
dignity and those rights, the
religions play ...
LEADERS OF ALL
THE CHURCHES
EXCHANGED
GREETINGS
AND PRAYED
FOR UNITY
THE HOLY FATHER
RESPECTS THE FAITH
AND FEELS THE
SUFFERING
OF ALL RACES
AND RELIGIONS
MASS AT THE UNIVERSITY
ENCOUNTER WITH THE RELIGIOUS AND SEMINARIANS
In our life as disciples of
Jesus, there must be no
room for personal
ambitio...
THE CHURCH IN AFRICA IS ALIVE
WITH MANY YOUNG VOCATIONS
So never stop weeping.
When priests and religious no
longer weep, something is wrong.
We need to weep for our infidelity,
...
VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS CENTRE IN NAIROBI
POPE FRANCIS SIGNED THE VISITOR’S BOOK.
HIS SPEECH WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED
Planting a tree is first and
foremost an invitation to
continue the battle against
phenomena like deforestation
and desert...
“human beings, while
capable of the worst, are
also capable of rising
above themselves, choosing
again what is good and
ma...
I express my hope that COP21 will achieve a global and “transformational”
agreement based on the principles of solidarity,...
EXCHANGING GIFTS AND BLESSINGS
Africa offers the
world a beauty and
natural richness
which inspire praise
of the Creator.
...
FRIDAY 27-11-2015
27-11-2015
VISIT TO THE POOR QUARTER OF KANGEMI
I am here because I want
you to know that your joys
and hopes, your troubl...
JOY IS AN
INTERNATIONAL
LANGUAGE
"how beautiful upon the
mountains are the feet of him
that brings good news” - Isaiah
The path of Jesus began on
the peripheries, it goes from
the poor and with the poor,
towards others.
…countries are
frequently pressured to
adopt policies typical of
the culture of waste,
like those aimed at
lowering the bi...
I ask God that the authorities
may embark, together with you,
upon the path of social inclusion,
education, sport, communi...
There’s always
time to greet and
bless the sick
Old and
young alike
have a place
in the Pope’s
heart
The social and
environmental debt
owed to the poor of
cities can be paid by
respecting their
sacred right to the
“three Ls...
Pope Francis thanked the priests for their commitment
to the mission and perseverance in the ministry
On the road again
To meet the young
people at Karasni
stadium
We need to use the
communications
media to spread
Christ’s m...
Meeting the
students at
the Karasani
stadium
SONGS OF
UNITY AND
PRAISE TO
THE LORD
The first thing we
have to do to prevent
a young person
from being
recruited, (into
...
AN EDUCATED
YOUTH IS THE
HOPE FOR THE
FUTURE OF
AFRICA
Meeting the bishops in the Karasani lounge
UGANDA
PROGRAMME
 16:50 Arrival at the International Airport of Entebbe in Uganda
Welcoming ceremony
 17:30 Courtesy vis...
27-11-2015 - UGANDA
RECEPTION BY THE PRESIDENT MOUSEVENI
AND AUTHORITIES AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT
SIGNING
THE
VISITOR’S
BOOK
Exchanging
gifts.
MEETING
THE
PRESIDENT’S
FAMILY
All the
staff
wanted
to greet
him too
AUTHORITIES AND DIPLOMATIC CORP
bear witness to the guiding
principles expressed in
Uganda’s motto – For God and
My Countr...
MEETING THE
CATECHISTS AT
MUNYONYO
Yours is a holy work. The Holy
Spirit is present wherever the
name of Christ is proclai...
MEETING THE NATIVES AT MUNYONYO,
SCENE OF THE MARTYRDOM OF MANY CHRISTIANS
We stand here today in Munyonyo at the place
wh...
you must be teachers, but this is
not enough; you also have to be
witnesses. Your example should
speak to everyone of the ...
SABADO 28-11-2015
-VISIT TO SHRINES
OF CHRISTIAN
MARTYRS
-MEETING THE
YOUTH
-VISIT TO
NALUKOLONGO
CHARITY CENTRE
-MEETING ...
SÁBADO 28-11-2015
VISIT TO THE
SANCTUARIES OF
THE CHRISTIAN
MARTYRS
NAMUGONGO
“This is ecumenism ” – Pope
Francis told the...
INSIDE THE
CHRISTIAN
MARTYRS’
MUSEUM .
There is great devotion
to the martyrs
you will
not enter
the
Kingdom
Unless you become
like children
An open air mass
was held at the
Catholic shrine
THE AFRICAN CHURCH HAS
MANY NATIVE VOCATIONS
“You shall
receive power
when the Holy
Spirit has come
upon you;
and you shal...
lift up your
eyes and
look on the
fields,
see that
they are
white for
harvest.
to see the
Holy Father
For some
it was
the blessing
of a life time
The
enthusiam
of the
children was
contagious
After the mass,
Pope Francis
went to Kololo
to meet
the youth
to show our
joy and
thanksgiving
Time for
music and
dance
Jesus can do anything.
Jesus himself suffered the most
negative experience of all:
he was insulted, he was rejected,
and h...
With the
youth
at Kololo
Be model Christians,
confident that
your love of Christ,
your fidelity to the
Gospel, and your wi...
What would the
Uganda martyrs say
about the misuse of
our modern means of
communication,
where young people
are exposed to...
Visit to the Home of Charity Nalukolongo
This is a place which has
always been associated
with the Church’s
outreach to th...
I appeal to all parishes and communities in Uganda – and the rest of Africa –
not to forget the poor! The Gospel commands ...
Passing on
the faith
Integrating
faith with
new cultures
“The blood of the
martyrs runs in the
veins of the Catholics
of U...
Once a religious or a
priest stops praying
or prays too little,
because he says he has
too much work,
he has already begun...
To be witnesses –
we need to be faithful,
faithful to remembrance,
faithful to our vocation,
faithful to apostolic zeal.
F...
like the light passing through the stained
glass windows of this Cathedral, we must let
God’s power and healing pass throu...
End of the fourth day of papal pilgrimage to Africa
Sunday 29-11-2015
Arrival at the
Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is divided between
Christians and Muslims and on the verge of civil and
PROGRAMME OF THE VISIT TO
THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Sunday 29-11-2015
 10:00 Arrival at “M’Poko” International Airport...
Arrival at
Bangui
Airport
With the Central
African Republic
transition leader,
Catherine S-P and
politcal leaders
Unity-Dignity-Labour.
Today, more ...
REFUGEE CAMP AT
ABANDONED AIR STRIP
REFUGEE
CAMP
AT THE
REFUGEE
HOSPITAL
Blessing the children
Visit to
the Evan-
gelical
School
All of us are here in the service of
the risen Lord who assembles us
today; and, by virt...
Opening the first door of
Mercy for the Holy Year
The holy year of Divine Mercy jump started
a week ahead of the rest of the world, with the opening of the
Cathedral door i...
“Today Bangui becomes the spiritual capital of the world.
The Holy Year of Mercy starts early in this land of Africa.
A la...
VIGIL AND
CONFESSION
OUTSIDE
THE
CATHEDRAL
But like the Apostles Peter and John on their way to the Temple,
who had neithe...
Jesus does not make us cross to the other side alone; instead, he asks us to make
the crossing with him, as each of us res...
It is amid unprecedented
devastation that Jesus wishes to
show his great power, his
incomparable glory (cf. Lk 21:27)
and ...
 I renew my closeness to all those among you who are have experienced sorrow,
separation and the wounds inflicted by hatr...
MONDAY 30-11-2015
Last day of the papal visit
A VERY IMPORTANT
MEETING WITH THE
ISLAMIC COMMUNITY
AND A MESSAGE
OF PEACE –
CENTRAL MOSQUE
OF KOUDOUKOU
“Christians and Muslims
are brothers and sisters.
We must therefore consider
ourselves and conduct ourselves
as such….. Th...
HOLY MASS
at Boganda STADIUM
Let us thank him for the acts of
solidarity and generosity which he
inspires in us, for the j...
Christians of Central Africa,
each of you is called to be,
through perseverance in faith
and missionary commitment,
artisa...
Thank you
Pope Francis
for your
message of
love, peace,
and hope.
for Africa and the whole world.
PRESS CONFERENCE RETURNING TO ROME
For me, a free press, whether independent or religious, provided it is professional –
b...
..in an indirect way we do get
involved in politics when we
preach values, true values, and
one of the greatest of those
v...
It strikes me that the question is too narrow, even one-sided. Yes, this is one method.
The Church’s moral teaching is – I...
They have many values and those values are constructive. I also have the experience of being friends –
this is a strong wo...
Africa is a victim. Africa has always been
exploited by other powers. From Africa people
came to America, sold as slaves. ...
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Pope Francis in Africa

summary of pope's visit to Kenya, Uganda and C.A.R.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA
  • 2.  APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO KENYA, UGANDA AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC  (25-30 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2015)
  • 3. EXPECTATION FOR THE VISIT WAS INTENSE
  • 4. THE HOLY SEE DELEGATION COVERING THE TOUR IN THE MEDIA
  • 5. THIS AFRICAN TOUR INCLUDED 3 COUNTRIES
  • 6. KENYAPROGRAMME Wednesday , 25 November 2015  17:00 Arrival at “Jomo Kenyatta” International Airport of Nairobi  Welcoming ceremony at the State House  18:00 Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the State House in Nairobi - Signing of the Golden Book  18:30 Meeting with Authorities of Kenya and the Diplomatic Corps Thursday, 26 November 2015  08:15 Ecumenical and Interreligious meeting in the Hall of the Apostolic Nunciature in Nairobi  10:00 Holy Mass at the Campus of the University of Nairobi  15:45 Meeting with Clergy, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians in the sports field of St Mary’s School  17:30 Visit to the U.N.O.N. (United Nations Office at Nairobi) Friday, 27 November 2015  08:30 Visit to Kangemi slum in Nairobi  10:00 Meeting with youth at Kasarani Stadium  11:15 Meeting with the Bishops of Kenya in the VIP lounge room of the Stadium  15:10 Farewell ceremony at “Jomo Kenyatta” International
  • 7. KENYA REMEMBERED TWO OTHER VISITS BY POPES PAUL VI AND JOHN PAUL II
  • 8. WEDNESDAY 25-11-2015
  • 9. WEDNESDAY 25-11-2015 ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT OF NAIROBI, KENYA.
  • 10. and see so many bishops The Masai tribesmen were delighted to greet the Pope
  • 11. Pope Francis signed the visitor’s book at the president’s residence …all men and women of good will are called to work for reconciliation and peace, forgiveness and healing, …in the work of building a sound democratic order, strengthening cohesion and integration, tolerance and respect for others, the pursuit of the common good must be a primary goal
  • 12. President Uhuru Kenyata and his cabinet were glad to meet the Holy Father He spoke to the leaders of the nation
  • 13. He planted an olive tree, as a sign of peace
  • 14. THURSDAY 26-11-2015
  • 15. THURSDAY 26-11-2015 INTER- RELIGIOSO ENCOUNTER By upholding respect for that dignity and those rights, the religions play an essential role in forming consciences, instilling in the young the profound spiritual values of our respective traditions, and training good citizens, capable of infusing civil society with honesty, integrity and a world view which values the human person over power and material gain.
  • 16. LEADERS OF ALL THE CHURCHES EXCHANGED GREETINGS AND PRAYED FOR UNITY
  • 17. THE HOLY FATHER RESPECTS THE FAITH AND FEELS THE SUFFERING OF ALL RACES AND RELIGIONS
  • 18. MASS AT THE UNIVERSITY
  • 19. ENCOUNTER WITH THE RELIGIOUS AND SEMINARIANS In our life as disciples of Jesus, there must be no room for personal ambition, for money, for worldly importance. We follow Jesus to the very last step of his earthly life: the cross. We are all sinners, starting with me. But the tenderness and love of Jesus keep us going. “May he who began a good work in you bring it to completion”.
  • 20. THE CHURCH IN AFRICA IS ALIVE WITH MANY YOUNG VOCATIONS
  • 21. So never stop weeping. When priests and religious no longer weep, something is wrong. We need to weep for our infidelity, to weep for the all the pain in our world, to weep for all those people who are cast aside, to weep for the elderly who are abandoned, for children who are killed, for the things we don’t understand I thank you for your courage in following Jesus. Thank you all the times you realize that you yourselves are sinners, and for all the tender caresses which you give to those who need them. Thank you for all those times when you helped so many people to die in peace. Thank you for “burning” your lives in hope. Thank you for letting yourselves be helped and corrected and forgiven each day.
  • 22. VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS CENTRE IN NAIROBI
  • 23. POPE FRANCIS SIGNED THE VISITOR’S BOOK. HIS SPEECH WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED
  • 24. Planting a tree is first and foremost an invitation to continue the battle against phenomena like deforestation and desertification. It reminds us of the importance of safeguarding and responsibly administering those “richly biodiverse lungs of our planet”, which include, on this continent, “the Congo basins”, a place essential “for the entire earth and for the future of humanity”.
  • 25. “human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good and making a new start” Laudato Si’, 205. This calls for an educational process which fosters in boys and girls, women and men, young people and adults, the adoption of a culture of care – care for oneself, care for others, care for the environment – in place of a culture of waste, a “throw-away culture” where people use and discard themselves, others, and the environment.
  • 26. I express my hope that COP21 will achieve a global and “transformational” agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation; an agreement which targets three complex and interdependent goals: lessening the impact of climate change, fighting poverty and ensuring respect for human dignity.
  • 27. EXCHANGING GIFTS AND BLESSINGS Africa offers the world a beauty and natural richness which inspire praise of the Creator. I express the support of the Catholic community, and my own, to continue to pray and work that the fruits of regional cooperation, expressed today in the African Union
  • 28. FRIDAY 27-11-2015
  • 29. 27-11-2015 VISIT TO THE POOR QUARTER OF KANGEMI I am here because I want you to know that your joys and hopes, your troubles and your sorrows, are not indifferent to me. You are able “to weave bonds of belonging and togetherness which convert overcrowding into an experience of community in which the walls of the ego are torn down andthe barriers ofselfishness overcome”
  • 30. JOY IS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE "how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good news” - Isaiah
  • 31. The path of Jesus began on the peripheries, it goes from the poor and with the poor, towards others.
  • 32. …countries are frequently pressured to adopt policies typical of the culture of waste, like those aimed at lowering the birth rate, which seek “to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized” Laudato Si’, 50
  • 33. I ask God that the authorities may embark, together with you, upon the path of social inclusion, education, sport, community action, and the protection of families, for this is the only guarantee of a peace that is just, authentic and enduring.
  • 34. There’s always time to greet and bless the sick Old and young alike have a place in the Pope’s heart
  • 35. The social and environmental debt owed to the poor of cities can be paid by respecting their sacred right to the “three Ls”: Land, Lodging, Labour. I wish to call all Christians, and their pastors in particular, to renew their missionary zeal, to take initiative in the face of so many situations of injustice, to be involved in their neighbours’ problems, to accompany them in their struggles, to protect the fruits of their communitarian labour
  • 36. Pope Francis thanked the priests for their commitment to the mission and perseverance in the ministry
  • 37. On the road again To meet the young people at Karasni stadium We need to use the communications media to spread Christ’s message of hope and to help people see how right it is.
  • 38. Meeting the students at the Karasani stadium
  • 39. SONGS OF UNITY AND PRAISE TO THE LORD The first thing we have to do to prevent a young person from being recruited, (into criminal life) … is education and employment.
  • 40. AN EDUCATED YOUTH IS THE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF AFRICA
  • 41. Meeting the bishops in the Karasani lounge
  • 42. UGANDA PROGRAMME  16:50 Arrival at the International Airport of Entebbe in Uganda Welcoming ceremony  17:30 Courtesy visit to the President at the State House in Entebbe  18:00 Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps in the Conference Hall of the State House  19:15 Visit to Munyonyo and greeting to Catechists and Teachers Saturday, 28 November 2015  08:30 Visit to the Anglican Shrine of the Martyrs of Namugongo  09:00 Visit to the Catholic Shrine of the Martyrs of Namugongo  09:30 Holy Mass for the Martyrs of Uganda in the area of the Catholic Shrine  15:15 Meeting with the young people at Kololo Air Strip in Kampala  17:00 Visit to the House of Charity of Nalukolongo  18:00 Meeting with the Bishops of Uganda at the Archbishop's House  19:00 Meeting with Priests, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians at St Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, 29 November 2015  09:00 Farewell ceremony at the Airport of Entebbe  09:15 Departure by plane from Entebbe for Bangui in the Central African Republic
  • 43. 27-11-2015 - UGANDA RECEPTION BY THE PRESIDENT MOUSEVENI AND AUTHORITIES AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT
  • 44. SIGNING THE VISITOR’S BOOK Exchanging gifts.
  • 45. MEETING THE PRESIDENT’S FAMILY All the staff wanted to greet him too
  • 46. AUTHORITIES AND DIPLOMATIC CORP bear witness to the guiding principles expressed in Uganda’s motto – For God and My Country. They remind us of the importance that faith, moral rectitude and commitment to the common good have played, and continue to play, in the cultural, economic and political life of this country
  • 47. MEETING THE CATECHISTS AT MUNYONYO Yours is a holy work. The Holy Spirit is present wherever the name of Christ is proclaimed
  • 48. MEETING THE NATIVES AT MUNYONYO, SCENE OF THE MARTYRDOM OF MANY CHRISTIANS We stand here today in Munyonyo at the place where King Mwanga determined to wipe out the followers of Christ. He failed in this, just as King Herod failed to kill Jesus. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it (cf. Jn 1:5). After seeing the fearless testimony of Saint Andrew Kaggwa and his companions, Christians in Uganda became even more convinced of Christ’s promises. The Christian community in Uganda grew strong through the witness of the martyrs. They testified to the truth which sets men free; they were willing to shed their blood to be faithful to what they knew was good and beautiful and true.
  • 49. you must be teachers, but this is not enough; you also have to be witnesses. Your example should speak to everyone of the beauty of prayer, the power of mercy and forgiveness, the joy of sharing in the Eucharist with all our brothers and sisters. You teach what Jesus taught, you instruct adults and help parents to raise their children in the faith, and you bring the joy and hope of eternal life to all.
  • 50. SABADO 28-11-2015 -VISIT TO SHRINES OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRS -MEETING THE YOUTH -VISIT TO NALUKOLONGO CHARITY CENTRE -MEETING THE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS
  • 51. SÁBADO 28-11-2015 VISIT TO THE SANCTUARIES OF THE CHRISTIAN MARTYRS NAMUGONGO “This is ecumenism ” – Pope Francis told the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, while being led on a private tour through the new Uganda Martyrs Museum at the Anglican Shrine in Namugongo, Uganda. They stopped to meditate at the fire pit where twenty-three Anglicans and twenty-two Roman Catholic converts to Christianity were brutally martyred on 3rd June 1886.
  • 52. INSIDE THE CHRISTIAN MARTYRS’ MUSEUM .
  • 53. There is great devotion to the martyrs
  • 54. you will not enter the Kingdom Unless you become like children
  • 55. An open air mass was held at the Catholic shrine
  • 56. THE AFRICAN CHURCH HAS MANY NATIVE VOCATIONS “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end ofthe earth”Acts1:8
  • 57. lift up your eyes and look on the fields, see that they are white for harvest.
  • 58. to see the Holy Father For some it was the blessing of a life time
  • 59. The enthusiam of the children was contagious
  • 60. After the mass, Pope Francis went to Kololo to meet the youth
  • 61. to show our joy and thanksgiving Time for music and dance
  • 62. Jesus can do anything. Jesus himself suffered the most negative experience of all: he was insulted, he was rejected, and he was killed. But by God’s power Jesus rose from the dead. He can do the same for each of us, with our negative experiences, because he is Lord. Pray to Jesus, because he is the Saviour. Never stop praying! Prayer is the most powerful weapon a young person has.
  • 63. With the youth at Kololo Be model Christians, confident that your love of Christ, your fidelity to the Gospel, and your wise use of your God-given gifts can only enrich, purify and elevate the life of this country
  • 64. What would the Uganda martyrs say about the misuse of our modern means of communication, where young people are exposed to images and distorted views of sexuality that degrade human dignity, leading to sadness and emptiness
  • 65. Visit to the Home of Charity Nalukolongo This is a place which has always been associated with the Church’s outreach to the poor, the handicapped, the sick. Here, in early times, slave children were ransomed and women received religious instruction. I greet the Good Samaritan Sisters who carry on this fine tradition, and I thank them for their years of quiet and joyful service in this apostolate. And here, Jesus is present here, because he said that he would always be present among the poor, the sick, convicts, the destitute, those who suffer. Jesus is here.
  • 66. I appeal to all parishes and communities in Uganda – and the rest of Africa – not to forget the poor! The Gospel commands us to go out to the peripheries of society, and to find Christ in the suffering and those in need.
  • 67. Passing on the faith Integrating faith with new cultures “The blood of the martyrs runs in the veins of the Catholics of Uganda. Don’t ever forget that! That way you will keep the faith”.
  • 68. Once a religious or a priest stops praying or prays too little, because he says he has too much work, he has already begun to lose his memory; she has already begun to lose her fidelity. Prayer also means humility. The humility to see our confessor regularly and to confess our sins.
  • 69. To be witnesses – we need to be faithful, faithful to remembrance, faithful to our vocation, faithful to apostolic zeal. Fidelity means persevering on the path of holiness.
  • 70. like the light passing through the stained glass windows of this Cathedral, we must let God’s power and healing pass through us. We must first let the waves of his mercy flow over us, purify us, and refresh us, so that we can bring that mercy to others, especially those on the peripheries. Conversion which is the heart of the Gospel of Jesus (cf. Mk 1:15) – must be carried out each day, in the battle to recognize and overcome those habits and ways of thinking which can fuel spiritual complacency. We need to examine our consciences, as individuals and as communities.
  • 71. End of the fourth day of papal pilgrimage to Africa
  • 72. Sunday 29-11-2015 Arrival at the Central African Republic
  • 73. The Central African Republic is divided between Christians and Muslims and on the verge of civil and
  • 74. PROGRAMME OF THE VISIT TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Sunday 29-11-2015  10:00 Arrival at “M’Poko” International Airport of Bangui Welcoming ceremony  11:00 Courtesy Visit to the President of the State of Transition at Renaissance Presidential Palace  11:30 Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps  12:15 Visit to a Refugee Camp  13:00 Meeting with the Bishops of the Central African Republic   13:30 Luncheon with the Bishops and Papal Entourage   16:00 Meeting with the Evangelical Communities gathered in the FATEB Headquarter (Faculty of Evangelical Theology of Bangui)  17:00 Holy Mass with Priests, Men and Women Religious, Catechists and young people gathered in the Cathedral of Bangui  19:00 Administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to some young people and Prayer Vigil at Cathedral Square Monday, 30 November 2015  08:15 Meeting with the Muslim Community in the central Mosque of Koudoukou in Bangui 09:30 Holy Mass celebrated at Barthélémy Boganda Stadium
  • 75. Arrival at Bangui Airport
  • 76. With the Central African Republic transition leader, Catherine S-P and politcal leaders Unity-Dignity-Labour. Today, more than ever, this trilogy expresses the aspirations of each Central African
  • 77. REFUGEE CAMP AT ABANDONED AIR STRIP
  • 78. REFUGEE CAMP
  • 79. AT THE REFUGEE HOSPITAL
  • 80. Blessing the children
  • 81. Visit to the Evan- gelical School All of us are here in the service of the risen Lord who assembles us today; and, by virtue of the common baptism we have received, we are sent to proclaim the joy of the Gospel
  • 82. Opening the first door of Mercy for the Holy Year
  • 83. The holy year of Divine Mercy jump started a week ahead of the rest of the world, with the opening of the Cathedral door in Bangui, C.A.R.
  • 84. “Today Bangui becomes the spiritual capital of the world. The Holy Year of Mercy starts early in this land of Africa. A land which has suffered for years from war and hatred, lack of understanding, lack of peace; in this land of sufferings there are many countries bearing the cross of war. Bangui now becomes the spiritual capital of prayer for the Father’s mercy. Let us all implore peace, mercy, reconciliation, forgiveness and love. For Bangui, for the entire Central African Republic, for the whole world, for those countries experiencing war, let us ask for peace! Now, all together, let us ask for love and peace. All together: Doyé Siriri!”
  • 85. VIGIL AND CONFESSION OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL But like the Apostles Peter and John on their way to the Temple, who had neither gold nor silver to give to the paralytic in need, I have come to offer God’s strength and power; for these bring us healing, set us on our feet and enable us to embark on a new life, to “go across to the other side” (cf. Lk 8:22).
  • 86. Jesus does not make us cross to the other side alone; instead, he asks us to make the crossing with him, as each of us responds to his or her own specific vocation. We need to realize that making this crossing can only be done with him, by freeing ourselves of divisive notions of family and blood in order to build a Church which is God’s family, open to everyone, concerned for those most in need.
  • 87. It is amid unprecedented devastation that Jesus wishes to show his great power, his incomparable glory (cf. Lk 21:27) and the power of that love which stops at nothing, even before the falling of the heavens, the conflagration of the world or the tumult of the seas. God is stronger, more powerful, than all else. This conviction gives to the believer serenity, courage and the strength to persevere in good amid the greatest hardships.
  • 88.  I renew my closeness to all those among you who are have experienced sorrow, separation and the wounds inflicted by hatred and war. In such situations, forgiving those who have done us harm is, humanly speaking, extremely difficult. But God offers us the strength and the courage to become those artisans of reconciliation and peace which your country greatly needs.
  • 89. MONDAY 30-11-2015 Last day of the papal visit
  • 90. A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING WITH THE ISLAMIC COMMUNITY AND A MESSAGE OF PEACE – CENTRAL MOSQUE OF KOUDOUKOU
  • 91. “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters. We must therefore consider ourselves and conduct ourselves as such….. Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace”. Together, we must say no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam.
  • 92. HOLY MASS at Boganda STADIUM Let us thank him for the acts of solidarity and generosity which he inspires in us, for the joy and love with which he fills our families and our communities, despite the suffering and violence we sometimes experience, and our fears for the future Let us thank him for his gift of courage, which inspires us to forge bonds of friendship, t o dialogue with those who are different than ourselves, to forgive those who have wronged us, and to work to build a more just and fraternal society in which no one is abandoned.
  • 93. Christians of Central Africa, each of you is called to be, through perseverance in faith and missionary commitment, artisans of the human and spiritual renewal of your country.
  • 94. Thank you Pope Francis for your message of love, peace, and hope.
  • 95. for Africa and the whole world.
  • 96. PRESS CONFERENCE RETURNING TO ROME For me, a free press, whether independent or religious, provided it is professional – because what is important is true professionalism, so that the news will not be manipulated - because reporting injustice and corruption is something important
  • 97. ..in an indirect way we do get involved in politics when we preach values, true values, and one of the greatest of those values is fraternity, among ourselves. We are all children of God; we all have the same Father. In this sense, we must support a politics of unity, reconciliation and tolerance and also coexistence, friendship! Fundamentalism is a sickness which exists in all religions. We Catholics have some people– who believe they possess absolute truth and go around slandering and defaming everyone else; they do a lot of harm. Religious fundamentalism is not religious. Why? Because God is missing. It is idolatrous, just as money is idolatrous. Being political, in the sense of winning over people who have this tendency… that is the “politics” in which we religious leaders must engage. But fundamentalism, which always ends up in tragedy or crime, is something evil, but there is a bit of it in every religion.
  • 98. It strikes me that the question is too narrow, even one-sided. Yes, this is one method. The Church’s moral teaching is – I think – uncertain about whether it has to do with the fifth or the sixth commandment: protect life or keep sexual relations open to life? But that is not the problem. The problem is bigger than that. The question makes me think of what they once asked Jesus: “Tell us, Master, is it permissible to heal on the Sabbath?” It is a duty to heal! This question… is it permissible? But malnutrition, exploitation, slave labour, the lack of drinking water: these are the problems. Let’s not worry about using this or that bandage for a small wound. The big wound is social injustice, environmental injustice, the injustice I mentioned with exploitation and malnutrition. AIDS + condons
  • 99. They have many values and those values are constructive. I also have the experience of being friends – this is a strong word, “friends” – with a Muslim: he is a world leader. We can talk: he has his values, I have mine. He prays, and I pray. Many values… For example, prayer, fasting, religious values but not only. One can not write off a religion because there are some groups – or sometimes many groups – of fundamentalists. It is a historical fact that there have always been wars of religion. And we too have to ask forgiveness…..We too have to ask pardon for cases of fundamentalist extremism, for the wars of religion. Anyway, [Muslims] have their values and we can dialogue with them. Today I was in the mosque and I prayed; and the Imam wanted to come with me to circle the little stadium where many people were not able to fit… And there, on the popemobile, were the Pope and the Imam FUND AMEN TALIS M
  • 100. Africa is a victim. Africa has always been exploited by other powers. From Africa people came to America, sold as slaves. There are powers who seek only to take the great wealth of Africa, which is perhaps the richest continent… But they don’t think about helping the country to grow, about making sure that everyone has a job… Exploitation. Africa is a martyr. Historically, it has been a martyr to exploitation. Perhaps people who associate Africa only with disasters and wars don’t really understand the harm done to humanity by some forms of development. That is why I love Africa, because Africa has been a victim of other powers.
  • 101. THE END