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Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BANGUI-MERCY Nov. 29, 2015.

Pope in Bangui: Open the doors of mercy, counter violence with love

BANGUI, Central African Republic (CNS) — Put down the weapons of war and work for justice, Pope Francis urged the people of the Central African Republic. “Even when the powers of hell are unleashed, Christians must rise to the summons, their heads held high, and be ready to brave blows in this battle over which…

Pope Francis kneels in prayer as he visits the Anglican martyrs' shrine at Namugongo in Kampala, Uganda Nov. 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Honor your martyrs by putting faith into action, pope tells Ugandans

KAMPALA, Uganda (CNS) — As Pope Francis encouraged Ugandan Christians to draw inspiration from the 19th-century Ugandan Martyrs, he carried with him graphic images of the horrors the 45 Anglican and Catholic martyrs endured. The pope made an early morning visit Nov. 28 to the Anglican shrine and museum located on the site where many…

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