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Pope Francis put peace and reconciliation in the CAR at the center of international attention by his visit here, during which he sought to create the conditions for this by, among other things, opening the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Bangui’s cathedral.

Pope Francis was given a tremendous welcome by tens of thousands of Central Africans when he arrived in this conflict-torn land.

On his last day in Uganda, he repeatedly urged Christians here to draw inspiration from their martyrs.

Good Catholics embrace dialogue; it is only our latter-day cafeteria Catholics who think they can omit dialogue from their theology, piety and practice.

The pope noted that “the nation has been blessed in its people: its strong families, its young and its elderly.”

Pope Francis first hit out hard against “the dreadful injustice of urban exclusion” when he visited the one of the city’s many slums and, an hour later at a rally with young people, he slammed corruption and tribalism.

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Camillian Father Bernard Kinvi directs the hospital at the Catholic mission in Bossemptele, northwestern Central African Republic. When brutal sectarian violence erupted in the country in 2013, Father Kinvi saved the lives of hundreds of besieged Muslims, whom he gathered from their homes and sheltered in the Catholic church.


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