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Pope Francis is welcomed to the Kangemi slum in Nairobi
Today, on his final day in Kenya, Pope Francis visited a slum in the heart of Nairobi run by the Jesuits - Kangemi. There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in Nairobi, representing 60% of the city’s population and occupying just 6% of the land. The Pope’s visit to Kangemi was the first event of his day, and, according to Linda Bordoni of Vatican Radio, it was perhaps the most important and poignant. “He has made walking with the poor a top priority of his pontificate right from the...
Refugees tell give their testimonies in the JRS booklet
Refugees of East Africa will be joining staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the region at two events with Pope Francis in Nairobi today and tomorrow. This afternoon, they will be among the delegates when the Pope visits the United Nations Office in Nairobi; tomorrow morning, they will be in attendance at Saint Joseph's parish when he goes to the Kangemi urban slum in the Kenyan capital.Pope Francis started his five-day visit to Africa in Kenya yesterday; he will then go on to Kampala,...
Kenya prepares to welcome Pope Francis
The apostolic visit to Africa that starts today will be the first time that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has ever set foot on African soil. However Pope Francis, on this, his 11th international trip, will follow in the footsteps of the Pontiffs who preceded him. Blessed Paul VI went to Uganda in 1969 to consecrate the Sanctuary of Namugongo; and Pope St John Paul II’s many journeys to the continent included three visits to Kenya (1980, 1985 and 1995) and one to the Central African Republic (1985).Pope...
Previous overseas visit: Pope Francis in South Korea
Security will be tight for Pope Francis’ first apostolic visit to Africa beginning on Wednesday (25 November). During his six-day journey that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, he will address politicians and religious leaders, visit poor communities, anticipate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and meet members of the Muslim community at a Mosque.Although this apostolic visit will be Francis' 11th journey abroad, it will be his first ever trip to Africa – even before...
Terrorist attacks in Paris prompt prayers for peace and reconciliation
Jesuits and their associates throughout the world have condemned Friday’s acts of terrorism and have expressed their solidarity for the people of Paris.In Rome, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, in which he stated he was joined in prayer with the suffering of families affected by the drama and the pain of the French people. His message said he was asking God “to inspire thoughts of peace and solidarity in all”. Yesterday, at his weekly Angelus...
JRS audience with Pope Francis  Credit Osservatore Romano
Pope Francis addressed the Jesuit Refugee Service on Saturday, at an audience to mark JRS’ 35th anniversary. He told staff and friends of the agency that “the decision to be present in areas of greatest need, in conflict and post-conflict zones, has brought you international recognition for your closeness to people and your ability to learn from this how better to serve.”The Jesuit Refugee Service was founded in 1980 by the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ. “He...
A refugee child at school in the Central African Republic (Laura Sheahen)
On Saturday, 14 November at 12pm, 15 refugees, as well as staff and friends of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), will attend a private audience with Pope Francis. The Pope will speak about the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies. The event will commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS, founded by the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe SJ. Pope Francis...
Jesuits & Friends - issue 92
Pope Francis’ appeal on behalf of migrants is the cover story in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends, which is published this weekend. Recalling his address to the US Congress to urge people to see the faces and listen to the stories of refugees, rather than to simply think of them as statistics, the winter edition of the magazine considers the Jesuits’ response to the crisis and provides several ideas for action – from direct support of the Jesuit Refugee Service to campaigning and...
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We share the Holy Father’s concerns for the world and for the spread of the Gospel. Each month he entrusts his concerns to the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope’s Global Prayer Network, and asks us to invite all people of good will to pray with and about these intentions.This month, his concerns are:For the whole world, Dialogue: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.Near the beginning of his famous “Spiritual Exercises...
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Pope Francis is due to make his first visit to Africa at the end of this month, in what many are describing as the trip with the most security risks of his pontificate to date. He is due to visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic but yesterday he hinted that his planned visit to the Central African Republic might be in jeopardy. His pastoral visit – in response to invitations by each of the three heads of states and local bishops – will potentially bring him face to face with...

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