- Jan 24, 2020
More than 200,000 dollars were raised by a Vatican art project for the Jubilee Year of Mercy to be given to the Bangui Pediatric Hospital in Central African Republic. Pope Francis visited the hospital in 2015 and was struck by the lack of equipment and the poor state of the children.
In recent years, thousands were killed in the Central African Republic in an ethnic cleansing and the country’s de facto partition between the Muslim northeast and Christian southwest. A new government took charge in 2016, but very few efforts have been made to promote long-lasting reconciliation.
Hundreds of people from around the world, many of them coping with jet lag from long flights, stood patiently in line on Nov. 19 waiting for their turn to greet, get a picture with or receive a blessing from their new cardinal in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.
ROME — Francis’ papacy now has spanned parts of four years, and each of the first three brought a signature diplomatic breakthrough: helping prevent an anti-Assad Western offensive in Syria in 2013, restoring US/Cuba relations in 2014, and providing moral support for the Paris climate change accord in 2015. On
Religious persecution would be a much easier story to tell if it were always a straightforward matter of villains and victims, of innocents being brutalized by extremists and fanatics. Certainly Christians, alarmed by reports of violence directed at their fellow believers, would prefer to keep the narrative simple.
If you’ve ever wondered what Pope Francis would look like dropping a beat, today’s your lucky day. (And even if you haven’t, this will still make you smile.) A photo of the pope taken during his just-finished visit to the Central African Republic has gone viral. It was shot Sunday by Gianluigi Guercia for Agence France-Presse at