Africa is happy and grateful for this 4th apostolic visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis – to the continent
He came as a pontiff and left words that mark out the path that the Catholic Church in Africa must follow henceforward for the years to come
Joy and deep gratitude are the feelings of the African people after the historic visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Africa is happy and grateful for this 4th apostolic visit of the Holy Father to the continent. In fact, through his visit to these two countries (Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan), Africa experienced unforgettable days with Pope Francis.
Once again, he showed the great love that he has for Africa. Even though frail, he wanted to come to us as a pilgrim of hope, and to pray with us for peace, justice and reconciliation in Africa.
Africa is experiencing varied crises which are affecting many levels of existence: political, economic, security and humanitarian.
Pope Francis came to unite his voice to the millions of Africans.
Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa, it is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!’‘No more bloodshed, no more conflicts, no more violence, African solutions must be found to African problems.’Pope Francis
He came as a father and pastor and in this capacity; he strengthened the faith of millions of Catholics, who despite many challenges faithfully keep their faith in Jesus Christ: they suffer in Christian hope.
Our joy was great as we heard the Holy Father, after presiding over the Holy Eucharist in the Roman Rite for the Dioceses of Zaire.
Yours is a Church present in the lived history of this people, deeply rooted in its daily life, and in the forefront of charity.
It is a community capable of attracting others, filled with infectious enthusiasm. The Church in Africa (Congo) is a lung that helps the universal Church breathe.’Pope Francis
Visiting the two African countries where most of the population is Christian and share the same fate of violence and war, he taught that: ‘those who would call themselves Christians must choose which side to take. Those who choose Christ choose peace. Those who unleash war and violence betray the Lord and deny his Gospel. What Jesus teaches us is clear: we are to love everyone, since everyone is loved as a child of our common Father in Heaven. The love of Christians is not only for that close to us, but for everyone, for in Jesus each person is our neighbour, our brother or sister.’