Africa: Pope Francis calls for solidarity with refugees
Nairobi, 30 November 2015 – Yesterday, Pope Francis returned from his five-day journey to Africa, concluding his trip in Bangui, Central African Republic, where he called for peace and spread messages of hope and unity – calls which were also echoed during his prior stops in Kenya and Uganda.
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Women can change the world. Pontifex, hear us.
Kampala, 27 November 2015 – Twenty-year-old Sylvie hopes to become an engineer one day, but is challenged by obstacles of refugee life. As Pope Francis travels to Uganda today, she asks him to "continue to work for a world where there are no more refugees, where everyone can stay in his or her country if they choose...also remember the value of women in society – we have power, we are equal and we can change the world."
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Pray for us. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Nairobi, 26 November 2015 – David Manyang, a South Sudanese refugee in Kakuma refugee camp, thanks Pope Francis for visiting Africa and asks him to pray to God for peace and protection.
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Pope Francis to make his first visit to Africa
Nairobi, 25 November 2015 – Today Pope Francis embarks on his first journey to Africa, beginning his five-day trip in Nairobi before going on to Kampala, Uganda and then Bangui, Central African Republic. Among his many stops, he will be visiting an urban slum, the United Nations, schools, churches, mosques, prayer vigils and a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic, a country still engulfed in inter-communal violence. He will meet with diverse religious leaders, heads of state and other government officials as well as citizens and refugees of varying faiths, ages and backgrounds.
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Protection for all. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kakuma, 25 November 2015 – "War seems to be the hobby of the world – there is violence in Egypt, attacks in Kenya, war in South Sudan. Since 2013, all my people in South Sudan have been dying. This problem is not ours alone to solve, we need the whole world. (Pope Francis,) you are a great person, so please help us Africans to not be victims on this continent anymore. Please pray for us to love each other and to end these wars," 18-year-old Malith said in Kakuma refugee camp.
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Protection for all. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kakuma, 25 November 2015 – "War seems to be the hobby of the world – there is violence in Egypt, attacks in Kenya, war in South Sudan. Since 2013, all my people in South Sudan have been dying. This problem is not ours alone to solve, we need the whole world. (Pope Francis,) you are a great person, so please help us Africans to not be victims on this continent anymore. Please pray for us to love each other and to end these wars," 18-year-old Malith said in Kakuma refugee camp.
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VIDEO: Pontifex Hear Us
Nairobi, 25 November 2015 – Refugees Ebba and Josiane share their messages with Pope Francis, asking him to emphasise education, integration, peace and hospitality for refugees during his visit this week to Kenya.
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Message in a Bottle. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kakuma, 23 November 2015 – This year, tens of thousands of people have crossed over seas to flee persecution. With them, they bring few possessions, many stories and important messages for the rest of the world. Millions more, however, seek refuge closer to home – in urban centres or refugee camps – but they too have messages for those overseas.
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Open our possibilities. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Nairobi, 23 November 2015 – Iragi speaks out against xenophobia in Kenya and urges Pope Francis to call for integration and inclusion of refugees in society so they can contribute to their host communities. "Just because we are refugees doesn’t mean we cannot be engineers or doctors," he says.
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Pray for mercy. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kampala, 20 November 2015 –  "Power comes from God, not people, because people all around the world have stained their hearts. Many people use power for wicked actions – they lack mercy and compassion.  Let them change and turn to God. Let the people stop harming each other and shedding innocents' blood." Jackine says in her message to Pope Francis.
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