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    Pope says Failure of Climate Summit will be Catastrophic

    Pope Francis has warned of a “catastrophic” outcome if vested interests blocked an agreement to tackle climate change at the UN talks opening in Paris next week. “In a few days, an important meeting on climate change will be held in Paris… It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects,” said Pope Francis at the world headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. “We are confronted with a choice which cannot be ignored:…

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    Work together for Peace, Pope Tells Religious Leaders

    Pope Francis has called upon interreligious leaders to work together for peace. Speaking today during a meeting with interreligious and ecumenical leaders at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi on his second day of Apostolic and state visit to the country, Pope Francis said while ecumenical relationships can be demanding, they are not optional. “…ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is not a luxury. It is not something extra or optional, but essential, something which our world, wounded by conflict and division, increasingly needs,” the Pope said. The Holy Father noted that “not only is it essential for peace, interreligious dialogue can be…

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to hold a Mass at the campus of the University of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Francis met with a small group of Kenya's faith leaders before celebrating his first public Mass on the continent, a joyful, rain-soaked celebration attended by tens of thousands of faithful, including Kenya's president. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Thousands turn up for First Papal Mass in Africa

    Pope Francis celebrated a historic Mass in Kenya on November 26, a day declared a national public holiday on his first visit as a pontiff to Africa. The Mass was held at the University of Nairobi grounds and brought together faithful from all the dioceses in Kenya, archbishops and bishops from AMECEA region and Congo, thousands of priests, men and women religious. In his homily the Holy Father noted that Kenyan society has long been blessed with strong family life, a deep respect for the wisdom of the elderly and love for children and called on Kenyans to offer more…

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KENYA: Pope Arrives for his Three Day Visit

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 25, 2015 (CISA) – Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya for his three-day visit. The Alitalia flight carrying the Pope touched down 4:30pm at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and at 4:50 pm the pontiff was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. He was later introduced to a number of government officials including Deputy President William Ruto and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. Catholic archbishops and bishops from Kenya and the AMECEA region were also on hand to welcome the pontiff. A group of traditional dancers and a Catholic choir entertained the pope who waved in  acknowledgment…

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KENYA: Pope Calls on Kenyans to keep working for Peace

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 25, 2015(CISA)-Pope Francis has encouraged Kenyans to continue working for peace in the country. “Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration,” Pope Francis said November 25 during his first public address in Kenya. He noted that Kenya’s public officials have “a special responsibility to work to protect peace and to secure a just society.” “To the extent that our societies experience divisions, whether ethnic, religious or economic, all men and women of good will are called to work for reconciliation and peace, forgiveness and healing,” said…


KENYA: Jubilant Crowds welcome Pope Francis

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 25, 2015(CISA) – The anticipation is over. It has been a countdown of months, days, hours and now the Holy Father has landed in Kenya. Hundreds of faithful lined up along Mombasa and Uhuru highway to welcome Pope Francis to Kenya when he began his three-day Apostolic and state visit to Kenya. “I am very excited about the pope’s coming, and being the first time I am meeting him in person and not on screen, it is really a blessing to me,” Evelyn Atieno told CISA. Fidelis Kairithia, who had travelled from the Catholic Diocese of Meru said the pontiff’s…


AFRICA: Pope Sends Goodwill Message Ahead of Visit

VATICAN NOVEMBER 24, 2015 (CISA) – Pope Francis on Monday November 23 sent a joint video message to the people of Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda ahead of his maiden visit to Africa. “Dear friends, I send a word of greeting and friendship to you and your families… I am coming as a minister of the Gospel, to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ and his message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace,” the Pontiff told the people of Kenya and Uganda. The pontiff said the aim of his visit will be “to confirm the Catholic community in its worship of God…