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DR Congo: Pope Francis calls for an end to ethnic differences

Pope Francis who is visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for an end to ethnic differences. The pope is visiting Congo for the first time and it is also the first time a catholic pope is visiting the country since 1980. Pope Francis told young people in Congo that putting aside ethnic differences and building a new future… Read More
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Former Pope Benedict XVI very ill

Pope Francis has said former Pope Benedict XVI is very ill and he has asked pilgrims at the Vatican to pray for him. Benedict, 95, became the first leader of the Catholic Church to stand down in 600 years in 2013, citing advanced age. At the end of the Pope’s final audience of the year, he asked people to “pray a… Read More
Africa World 

Pope regrets delaying trip to DR Congo, South Sudan

– – Pope Francis has apologized for having to postpone a trip to Congo and South Sudan next month. The delayed trip is attributed to what the Pope said was a painful knee. Speaking to the worshipers in St Peter’s Square, the pontiff said he felt “great sorrow” after canceling the trip initially planned for July 2-7. “I want to… Read More
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Pope Francis to visit DR Congo and South Sudan

– – The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will be visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan in July this year. In a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the Pope is to embark on what is called an Apostolic Journey to these two African countries. In DR Congo, the Pope will visit Kinshasa… Read More
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Pope Francis expects to remain pontiff until his death in Rome

– – Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled The Health of Popes. In an interview granted to Argentinian journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in February 2019, the pope said he thinks about death, but does… Read More
Africa World 

Pope Francis appoints first female to senior synod post

– – Pope Francis has broken with Catholic tradition to appoint a woman as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first to hold the post with voting rights in a body that studies major questions of doctrine. Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries named Saturday to the synod, where she has been a consultant… Read More
Africa World 

Pope Francis calls for prayers for Ethiopia amid Tigray crisis

– – Pope Francis has called for the world to pray for Ethiopia as fighting between federal forces and rebels in Tigray region intensifies. In a message on Twitter, the Pope invited “everyone to pray for Ethiopia where armed clashes have intensified and are causing a serious humanitarian situation.” He added that “I appeal to the parties in conflict so… Read More
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Photos: Pope Francis visits Mozambique

Pope Francis on Thursday spent most of the day during his visit to Mozambique urging citizens there to nurture peace to make it last. The pontiff spent time with warring factions in the Southern African country where a recent peace accord was signed to formally end years of civil war. The Pope said to the gathering that “Peace must be… Read More
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Pope Francis was late for prayers after getting trapped in lift

Pope Francis has apologised for arriving late for his weekly prayer in St Peter’s Square. He explained to those gathered that he was stuck in a lift in the Vatican. The 82-year-old pontiff told the worshipers that he had been trapped in the lift for 25 minutes. The trapped could not functioned due to a power outage at the Vatican.… Read More