ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — “Every year the problems are getting worse,” the pope said. “We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.”
KAMPALA, Uganda — Pope Francis wrapped up his six-day trip to Africa in the war-torn Central Africa Republic on Monday by warning that religious conflicts are spawning civil war, terrorism and suffering throughout the continent.
BANGUI — The Central African Republic’s government is deploying around 500 police and gendarmes to secure the visit. More than 3,000 peacekeepers from the MINUSCA U.N. mission will also be deployed
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) Some waited more than 12 hours along the route outside Entebbe International Airport.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Bridging divisions between Muslims and Christians is not a luxury, the pope said, alluding perhaps to the conflict with al-Shabab militants who have inflicted multiple terrorist strikes on this mostly Christian nation.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Young people are any nation’s most valuable resource and to protect them, invest in them and offer them a helping hand, were the best ways their future could be assured, Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Engaging Africa’s youth is the focus of the trip. But concerns over the pope’s safety have emerged, especially in the Central African Republic, where there has been ongoing violence since a 2013 coup.
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) In a society that places a high value on marriage and childbearing, some in Africa hope to present Pope Francis with a petition this week asking that priests be allowed to wed.
“If the Pope was here and talking about love, compassion and equality for everyone, Ugandans will listen,” said one activist.