Our God is a God of peace

 Dear Friends,

I am grateful for your presence this morning and for the opportunity to share these moments of reflection with you.  In a particular way, I wish to thank Archbishop Wabukala and Professor El-Busaidy for their words of welcome offered on your behalf, and on behalf of their communities.  It is always important to me that, when I come to visit the Catholic faithful of a local Church, I have an occasion to meet the leaders of other Christian communities and religious traditions.  It is my hope that our time together may be a sign of the Church’s esteem for the followers of all religions; may it strengthen the bonds of friendship which we already enjoy.

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Consecrated life and Mission

Message of Pope Francis for the World Mission Sunday 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The 2015 World Mission Sunday 2015 takes place in the context of the Year of Consecrated Life, which provides a further stimulus for prayer and reflection.  For if every baptized person is called to bear witness to the Lord Jesus by proclaiming the faith received as a gift, this is especially so for each consecrated man and woman.  There is a clear connection between consecrated life and mission.  The desire to follow Jesus closely, which led to the emergence of consecrated life in the Church, responds to his call to take up the cross and follow him, to imitate his dedication to the Father and his service and love, to lose our life so as to gain it.  Since Christ’s entire existence had a missionary character, so too, all those who follow him closely must possess this missionary quality.

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PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS ON RELIGIOUS LIFE

I want to thank God that, in these last years in Sierra Leone, has called me to deepen the reality of our consecrated life for the mission; this is because of my involvement with postulants and novices. This situation has given me more time and opportunity for reflection on the subject.

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“Stand strong in faith! Do not be afraid!”

 Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Kenya- Nairobi University Campus

Thursday, 26 November 2015

 God’s word speaks to us in the depths of our heart.  Today God tells us that we belong to him.  He made us, we are his family, and he will always be there for us.  “Fear not”, he says to us, “I have chosen you and I promise to give you my blessing” (cf. Is 44:2). We hear this promise in today’s first reading.  The Lord tells us that in the desert he will pour forth water on the thirsty land; he will cause the children of his people to flourish like grass and luxuriant willows.  We know that this prophecy was fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  But we also see it fulfilled wherever the Gospel is preached and new peoples become members of God’s family, the Church.  Today we rejoice that it was fulfilled in this land.  Through the preaching of the Gospel, you too became part of the great Christian family.

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