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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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE
TO KENYA, UGANDA AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN
(25-30 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2015)
THE HOLY SEE DELEGATION
COVERING THE TOUR IN THE MEDIA
THIS AFRICAN TOUR INCLUDED 3 COUNTRIES
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
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
VISITS BY POPES
PAUL VI AND
JOHN PAUL II
ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT OF NAIROBI, KENYA.
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
peace, forgiveness and
…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
and his cabinet
were glad to
He planted an olive tree, as a sign of peace
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.
LEADERS OF ALL
THE HOLY FATHER
RESPECTS THE FAITH
AND FEELS THE
OF ALL RACES
MASS AT THE UNIVERSITY
ENCOUNTER WITH THE RELIGIOUS AND SEMINARIANS
In our life as disciples of
Jesus, there must be no
room for personal
ambition, for money, for
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”.
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,
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.
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 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”.
“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.
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,
and ensuring respect for human dignity.
EXCHANGING GIFTS AND BLESSINGS
Africa offers the
world a beauty and
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
expressed today in the
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
JOY IS AN
"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,
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
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.
time to greet and
bless the sick
have a place
in the Pope’s
The social and
owed to the poor of
cities can be paid by
sacred right to the
“three Ls”: Land,
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
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
We need to use the
media to spread
of hope and to
help people see
how right it is.
The first thing we
have to do to prevent
a young person
criminal life) …
YOUTH IS THE
HOPE FOR THE
Meeting the bishops in the Karasani lounge
16:50 Arrival at the International Airport of Entebbe in Uganda
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
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
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
27-11-2015 - UGANDA
RECEPTION BY THE PRESIDENT MOUSEVENI
AND AUTHORITIES AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT
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
Yours is a holy work. The Holy
Spirit is present wherever the
name of Christ is proclaimed
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.
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.
-VISIT TO SHRINES
VISIT TO THE
“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.
There is great devotion
to the martyrs
Unless you become
An open air mass
was held at the
THE AFRICAN CHURCH HAS
MANY NATIVE VOCATIONS
when the Holy
Spirit has come
and you shall be my witnesses
in Jerusalem and in all Judea
and Samaria and to the end
lift up your
look on the
to see the
of a life time
After the mass,
went to Kololo
to show our
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
Be model Christians,
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
What would the
Uganda martyrs say
about the misuse of
our modern means of
where young people
are exposed to images
and distorted views of
sexuality that degrade
leading to sadness
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
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.
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.
“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”.
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
and to confess our sins.
To be witnesses –
we need to be faithful,
faithful to remembrance,
faithful to our vocation,
faithful to apostolic zeal.
on the path
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.
End of the fourth day of papal pilgrimage to Africa
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
10:00 Arrival at “M’Poko” International Airport of Bangui
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
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
17:00 Holy Mass with Priests, Men and Women Religious,
Catechists and young people gathered in the Cathedral of
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
With the Central
Catherine S-P and
Today, more than ever,
this trilogy expresses
the aspirations of each
REFUGEE CAMP AT
ABANDONED AIR STRIP
Blessing the children
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
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 in Bangui, C.A.R.
“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!”
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).
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.
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
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.
Last day of the papal visit
A VERY IMPORTANT
MEETING WITH THE
AND A MESSAGE
OF PEACE –
“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,
violence which is
perpetrated in the
name of a religion
or of God himself.
God is peace,
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
and to work to build a more
just and fraternal society in
which no one is abandoned.
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.
for Africa and the whole world.
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
..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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.