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The international community is facing a stark and serious choice on climate change, Pope Francis said in Kenya before next week’s climate conference in Paris. “We have no right” to remain indifferent to human dignity, he said.
Pope Francis visited Nairobi’s Kangemi neighborhood, a slum with tiny dwellings made of cinder block, tin or reclaimed boards. The homes are jumbled together with dirt paths running between them.
Dancers wearing traditional attire and playing drums and horns welcomed Pope Francis to their capital where he mentioned the Ugandan martyrs who “remind us of the importance that faith, moral rectitude and commitment to the common good” play in Africa.
The extensive vetting process that all refugees undergo before arriving in the United States “screens out any possible threat of terrorism,” said the executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services.
Pope Francis was greeted at Nairobi’s main airport by a small group of dancers, women ululating and President Uhuru Kenyatta. The pope then traveled past hundreds of offices and factories where employees lined the road to greet him.
The theme of the cathedral parish’s annual devotion is preparation for the Year of Mercy. Special Masses, adoration and liturgies are planned for Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
As 23,000 youths from across the country worshiped together during the closing Mass of the National Catholic Conference in Indianapolis, Leanna Long felt “amazingly overwhelmed” to be in the midst of so many people who shared her faith.
“I’ve witnessed the most amazing thing in my life — 24,000 kids kneeling and staring at the Eucharist,” the 15-year-old from the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, said Nov. 20.
Jason Evert will present “Parenting for Purity” at the Paoli parish on Sunday, Dec. 6. Jason Evert will talk with parents while teens enjoy pizza, then he will talk later with them. Music and benediction will round out the program.
All five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential documents about Vatican finances were present at the opening of the criminal trial in a Vatican courtroom Nov. 24.