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Symbolic act of solidarity: shoes from Pope Francis
At the weekend, tens of thousands of people around the world expressed their determination that world leaders meeting at the COP21 talks in Paris take decisive and positive action over climate change. They took to the streets of capital cities including London, but the demonstration in the French capital itself became symbolic, rather than a mass rally.Since gatherings had been cancelled following the terrorist attacks last month, people instead placed pairs of shoes where they would have stood...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic
Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican after the first visit of a pontiff to an active war zone. As his security staff and those who were responsible for keeping him safe during his weeklong visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) breathed a sigh of relief that the trip was without incident, he spoke of the joyful welcome he had received and the spirit of the people, despite their conditions. "It was the joy [that impressed him],” he told journalists on the plane back to...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic, CNA
Pope Francis is due to meet Muslim leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) today, the final day of his apostolic visit to Africa. He is also scheduled to visit a mosque in the Muslim enclave in the capital Bangui, known as PK5, before concluding his visit with a final Mass.During his visit to the CAR, Pope Francis has called for unity in the country that has been torn by strife between Christians and Muslims, urging its citizens to "avoid the temptation of fear of others".The 78-year-old...
Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)
As all eyes rest on the UN summit on Climate Change in Paris this week (COP21), Jesuit Missions is gearing up to join its voice with thousands of others by marching in London today in support of a climate change deal.The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs kicks off in major cities in the UK and around the world. It’s not only a call to us to take action; it’s an unequivocal challenge to policy makers and governments, to say that binding laws limited greenhouse emissions must be...
The Climate Change Rally in London in June, credit: Ben Philipps
This Sunday, 29 November, thousands of people will come together at London’s biggest ever climate event. Among them will be supporters of Jesuit Missions and others from Jesuit works throughout Britain. The rally has been planned to take place just before world leaders meet for major climate change negotiations at a global summit in Paris: the 21st Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP21.The People’s Climate March London will demonstrate how much...
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...

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