Pope to visit Africa in November

(AGI) Vatican City, June 12 - Pope Francis on Friday announcedthat he plans to visit Africa this year. "God willing, I'll bein Africa in November, first in the Central African Republicbefore the next presidential inauguration and then in Uganda tocelebrate the 50 years of the Martyrs," the Pope told clergymenfrom various nations gathered for spiritual exercises in Rome.His Holiness said he also intends to visit Kenya, but that thetrip is subject to overcoming organisational difficulties. HisHoliness stressed the importance of dialogue: "Discussion isbeneficial because where dialogue is absent, the Church is

(AGI) Vatican City, June 12 - Pope Francis on Friday announcedthat he plans to visit Africa this year. "God willing, I'll bein Africa in November, first in the Central African Republicbefore the next presidential inauguration and then in Uganda tocelebrate the 50 years of the Martyrs," the Pope told clergymenfrom various nations gathered for spiritual exercises in Rome.His Holiness said he also intends to visit Kenya, but that thetrip is subject to overcoming organisational difficulties. HisHoliness stressed the importance of dialogue: "Discussion isbeneficial because where dialogue is absent, the Church isdead; cemeteries are the only place where there aren't anyconversations," he said. Parrhesia, or the ability to speakcandidly, "is what saved the early Church, with the courage ofPaul's statements and the apostles' courage to discuss thingswith each other", Pope Francis stated. "Seeing bishops side byside with priests is the most beautiful aspect of a uniqueChurch," he said during the lengthy meditation in theArchbasilica of St. John Lateran. "We need bishops close to thepeople of God, we need priests close to the people of God". .