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Pope to South Sudan's clergy: We need courageous souls ready to die for Africa

Vatican News - 4 hours 32 min ago

While addressing clergy in Juba for his long-awaited ecumenical pilgrimage in South Sudan, Pope Francis insists we need courageous, generous souls ready to die and suffer for Africa.

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Pope Francis is now in South Sudan.

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 13:47

Pope Francis arrived in South Sudan Friday evening from the Democratic Republic of Congo to start a long-awaited ecumenical pilgrimage for peace in South Sudan.

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Ecumenical leaders tell South Sudan’s rulers to act for peace now

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 11:47

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland are in South Sudan with Pope Francis on a long-planned “Pilgrimage of Peace”. They had direct words for the country’s leaders at a Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and Diplomatic Corps in Juba.

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President of South Sudan lifts suspension on Peace Talks

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 10:33

Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan, welcomes Pope Francis and his call for peace and reconciliation announcing the country has lifted the Suspension on the Rome Peace Talks.

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Pope appeals to South Sudan’s leaders to halt the bloodshed

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 09:20

Pope Francis tells the leaders of divided South Sudan that future generations will either venerate their names of cancel their memory, based on what they do now, and he issues an appeal “to leave the time of war behind and let a time of peace dawn.”

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DR Congo: Human value in the joy of an encounter

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 07:11

Today the Pope leaves the Democratic Republic of Congo for South Sudan. In Kinshasa, indescribable gratitude and joy for this meeting, which has shattered predatory and possessive ways of thinking.

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Pope Francis arrives in South Sudan for 'ecumenical pilgrimage'

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 06:58

After bidding farewell to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pope Francis' flight lands in Juba for his long-awaited "ecumenical pilgrimage" for peace to South Sudan with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.

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DRC: Young Congolese appeal to Pope Francis to canonise Blessed Anuarite and Bakanja.

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 05:17

"Santi subito" - Saints at once, written on a banner in red and blue on a white background, with the images of Blessed Anuarite and Bakanja. This inscription, seen on Thursday, 2 February, at the Martyrs' Stadium where Pope Francis met with young people and Catechists, is meant to be a profound wish and a prayer for the canonisation of these two Congolese martyrs, beatified in 1985 and 1995 respectively.

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Sr Margaret: Education helping in the development of South Sudan

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 04:08

For almost 15 years, Sister Margaret Scott and other sisters of various congregations have been working in South Sudan, helping to develop the world's youngest nation by giving a future to young people through the training of teachers.

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Fighting kills 27 as Pope Francis heads to South Sudan

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 03:55

Fighting has killed 27 people ahead of Pope Francis' arrival in South Sudan for an ecumenical pilgrimage with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

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Pope Francis bids farewell to Democratic Republic of Congo

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 03:50

Pope Francis concludes his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, as he boards his the papal plane bound for his long-awaited ecumenical pilgrimage in South Sudan.

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South Sudan: A suffering nation awaits Pope Francis

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 03:30

The Mission Promoter of "Solidarity with South Sudan", Father David Gentry, paints a a fresco of a nation in dire need of comfort, closeness and hope, as Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Journey to the East African nation.

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Pope to DRC Bishops: Be prophets of reconciliation and peace

Vatican News - Fri, 02/03/2023 - 02:11

Pope Francis meets with the Catholic Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and urges them to recall that God is close to them in their ministry to be prophets for the Congolese people.

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Highlights of Pope Francis' third day in DR Congo

Vatican News - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 14:22

Video highlights from Pope Francis’ third day in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during which he held a lively encounter with young Catholics and catechists, encouraged local Church ministers in their mission, and met with Jesuits serving in DR Congo.

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Pope: Consecrated men and women have special role in Church’s mission

Vatican News - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 11:45

Pope Francis sends a message to the world’s religious men and women for the World Day for Consecrated Life, and highlights the importance of their rich charisms on behalf of the mission of the Church.

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Pope launches "Borgo Laudato Si’" Project in Castel Gandolfo

Vatican News - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 09:21

Pope Francis establishes an education center on integral ecology in the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, to promote “ecological conversion” as called for in his Encyclical Laudato si’.

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Pope to clergy and religious in DR Congo: The Church needs you!

Vatican News - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 08:07

Pope Francis encourages priests, deacons, consecrated persons and seminarians to put Christ at the centre of their lives and to be joyful witnesses of the Gospel.

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Pope to DRC youth: ‘A different future is in your hands’

Vatican News - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 03:33

Pope Francis meets with young people and catechists from across the Democratic Republic of Congo, and urges them never to grow discouraged in their quest to resist corruption.

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Bishops of nations split by conflict unite around the Pope

Vatican News - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 01:48

Amid ongoing tensions between the bordering nations, Bishops from DRC and Rwanda come together during Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Inhuman cruelty and the miracle of forgiveness

Vatican News - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 16:11

Pope Francis’ meeting with the survivors of violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday was deeply touching. The Holy Father was clearly moved as he listened to the stories of those marked by extreme violence, pain and evil that knows no reason

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