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A sign of hope for Africa

· Anticipating the Pope’s journey from 25 to 30 November ·

From 25 to 30 November Pope Francis will be in Africa, where he will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. The journey is highly anticipated by the Pontiff and by an entire world which, shocked by recent violent events, looks forward to gestures and words of reconciliation, peace and hope.

Francis’ visit, writes Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya, “will strengthen our resolve to fight terrorism and encourage the spirit of religious tolerance and cohesion across the globe”. His visit, Cardinal Njue continues, “is a Godsend, as he comes to uplift Africa in hope and faith, to encourage and motivate the world that all is not lost”.

An article by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala, Uganda, highlights the strong spiritual and pastoral element of the visit. He writes that in Uganda, the “Land of Martyrs”, Christians are prepared to accept the challenge to which the Pontiff will call them: as Christ said: “You shall be my witnesses”. Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga C.S.Sp.of Bangui, Central African Republic, also offers moving words. Writing from the material and spiritual ruins of a city devastated by civil war, the prelate states: “When we received the news of the Pope’s visit, it seemed like a dream to us. Choosing the Central African Republic as one of the destinations of his first visit to the continent, the Pope chose the small, he chose the weak; the poor who cry out and whom the Lord hears”.

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