The Peace Pulpit: "That's what you, now being confirmed, are committing yourself to be -- a witness to Jesus."
Central African Republic
NCR Today: In his third pontifical year, Francis opened a Year of Mercy, made five international trips, released an encyclical, closed the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Commentary: Pope Francis is changing the metaphor for community, from an encampment with rigid and guarded boundaries to a people on journey.
Faith and Justice: The year of mercy reminds us that mercy is not only shown by God. It should also be shown by us. We who have experienced mercy must in turn grant it to others.
NCR Today: As religious bigotry against Muslims grows in both the United States and Europe, I was delighted to see that Pope Francis visited a mosque during his Africa trip.
Pope Francis will embark this week on a six-day trip to three African nations -- Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic -- in his first trip to the continent.
Comboni Fr. Moses Otii Alir recounts recent violence around Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bangui where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Nov. 29-30.
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Religious leaders in the Central African Republic have predicted the pope's upcoming visit could reconcile opposing factions, three years after a Muslim-led rebellion plunged the country into civil war.
Synod remarks: Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel said the Synod of Bishops should identify the position of the church “without condemning anybody with different views."