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Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic
Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican after the first visit of a pontiff to an active war zone. As his security staff and those who were responsible for keeping him safe during his weeklong visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) breathed a sigh of relief that the trip was without incident, he spoke of the joyful welcome he had received and the spirit of the people, despite their conditions. "It was the joy [that impressed him],” he told journalists on the plane back to...
Pope Francis is welcomed to the Kangemi slum in Nairobi
Today, on his final day in Kenya, Pope Francis visited a slum in the heart of Nairobi run by the Jesuits - Kangemi. There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in Nairobi, representing 60% of the city’s population and occupying just 6% of the land. The Pope’s visit to Kangemi was the first event of his day, and, according to Linda Bordoni of Vatican Radio, it was perhaps the most important and poignant. “He has made walking with the poor a top priority of his pontificate right from the...
Refugees tell give their testimonies in the JRS booklet
Refugees of East Africa will be joining staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the region at two events with Pope Francis in Nairobi today and tomorrow. This afternoon, they will be among the delegates when the Pope visits the United Nations Office in Nairobi; tomorrow morning, they will be in attendance at Saint Joseph's parish when he goes to the Kangemi urban slum in the Kenyan capital.Pope Francis started his five-day visit to Africa in Kenya yesterday; he will then go on to Kampala,...
Kenya prepares to welcome Pope Francis
The apostolic visit to Africa that starts today will be the first time that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has ever set foot on African soil. However Pope Francis, on this, his 11th international trip, will follow in the footsteps of the Pontiffs who preceded him. Blessed Paul VI went to Uganda in 1969 to consecrate the Sanctuary of Namugongo; and Pope St John Paul II’s many journeys to the continent included three visits to Kenya (1980, 1985 and 1995) and one to the Central African Republic (1985).Pope...
Previous overseas visit: Pope Francis in South Korea
Security will be tight for Pope Francis’ first apostolic visit to Africa beginning on Wednesday (25 November). During his six-day journey that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, he will address politicians and religious leaders, visit poor communities, anticipate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and meet members of the Muslim community at a Mosque.Although this apostolic visit will be Francis' 11th journey abroad, it will be his first ever trip to Africa – even before...
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Pope Francis is due to make his first visit to Africa at the end of this month, in what many are describing as the trip with the most security risks of his pontificate to date. He is due to visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic but yesterday he hinted that his planned visit to the Central African Republic might be in jeopardy. His pastoral visit – in response to invitations by each of the three heads of states and local bishops – will potentially bring him face to face with...
The Queen has honoured a former pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Edmund Page was among 58 people from 35 Commonwealth countries who received the award, which was set up in honour of Her Majesty’s service to the Commonwealth by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.Edmund was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to...
The Jesuits have expressed their solidarity with the people of Kenya, following the massacre at Garissa University. Writing on behalf of the Society of Jesus, the Vicarius ad tempus (representing Father General Nicolás), Fr Gabriel Ignacio Rodriguez SJ wrote to the Jesuits in Nairobi: "I would like to express the Society's sympathy and prayerful support with regard to the continued abominable events in Kenya particularly the most recent Al Shabaab heinous attack at Garissa...
A Stonyhurst alumnus who set up a charity in East Africa that helps refugee children get an education has been named as one of the recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award 2014.Edmund Page was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to provide educational opportunities to refugees living in urban areas in Kenya and Uganda. The project acts as mentors to the youngsters, funds their schooling and puts them through courses to teach them...
The father of two pupils of St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow who is married to an Old Aloysian has raised nearly £2,000 for the college’s Kibera Charity Project by running in the Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon. Dr Andrew Mackay, whose daughters Amélie and Olive are pupils in classes P2 and KG respectively, completed the 53 mile race in a personal best time of just under 10 hours and 47 minutes.The St Aloysius’ College Kibera Project links the Glasgow Jesuit college...

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