Pope Francis in DR Congo and South Sudan

Pope Francis meets with Jesuits in South Sudan on 4 February 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

World Immersed in Pagan Culture with “own idols, gods”: Pope Francis to Jesuits in S.Sudan

Feb 16, 2023

During the fraternal conversation that Pope Francis had with members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Juba, South Sudan, the Holy Father cautioned against “pagan culture”, which he said “has its own idols and gods” and that it has pervaded the world, the Jesuit-run journal, La Civiltà Cattolica reported Thursday, February 16.

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious in St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. / Vatican Media

"I believe Pope’s ministry is for life": Pope Francis in Meeting with Jesuits in DR Congo

Feb 16, 2023

Pope Francis addressed once again the question of whether he will resign the papacy in two conversations with Jesuit priests in Africa this month.

Pope Francis prayed for victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria during his general audience on Feb. 8, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Leads Hail Mary for Victims of Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Feb 8, 2023

Pope Francis concluded his public audience on Wednesday with a prayer for the intercession of the Virgin Mary for the thousands of victims of a deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Pope Francis speaks to the media on Feb. 5, 2023, during his return flight to Rome from his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ In-flight Press Conference: God Accompanies People with Same-sex Attraction

Feb 5, 2023

On his return flight from South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis said that God loves and accompanies people with same-sex attraction. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; Pope Francis; and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, lead a prayer service for Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian christians in Juba, Sudan. / Vatican Media

Those Who Choose Christ Choose Peace: Pope Francis at Ecumenical Prayer Service in S.Sudan

Feb 4, 2023

About 50,000 people attended the ecumenical prayer service.

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lands in South Sudan, Fulfills Yearslong Dream to Nation in Civil Strife

Feb 3, 2023

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.”

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, 2023, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue to bring the Congolese people Jesus, who “heals the wounds of every human heart.” | Vatican Media

Pope to Priests in DR Congo: Bring People Jesus, who "heals the wounds of every heart"

Feb 2, 2023

On the World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis thanked the more than 18,000 priests and religious in the Democratic Republic of Congo for serving others amid the country’s “difficult and often dangerous conditions.”

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019. | Vatican Media

The Pope kissed His Feet. Who is the Cowboy-hat-wearing President of South Sudan?

Feb 2, 2023

Pope Francis, as part of his visit to Africa this week, is meeting with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, this Friday. He will meet the leader for a photograph before retreating to a private setting for a talk. 

Millions gather in Manila for Pope Francis' closing Mass on Jan. 18, 2015. / Alan Holdren/CNA.

Biggest Papal Masses Ever: How Does February 1 Mass in the DR Congo Compare?

Feb 1, 2023

Papal Masses, especially in the last 50 years or so, have attracted crowds of millions — many of them at World Youth Days. 

Pope Francis recorded a video message for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Screenshot of YouTube video

Pope Francis "greatly disappointed" over Missing Pastoral Trip to Africa This Week

Jul 2, 2022

The pope released a video message in which he urged the Congolese and South Sudanese people to place their hope in God.