Je, wajua Papa Francis wakati moja alikuwa Bouncer kilabuni?

Papa Francis alichaguliwa mnamo Machi 2013 katika kanisa la kikatoliki baada ya Papa Benedict XVI kustaafu.

Yeye ni Papa wa 266 nchini Roma kushikilia uongozi katika kanisa hilo.

Ila kile watu wengi hawajui ni kwamba jina rasmi la Papa Francis ni Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

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Aidha, kabla ya kujiunga na kanisa hilo la Kikatoliki alipitia maisha magumu sana. Alilelewa katika mazingira  yenye changamoto tele. Wazazi wake walihama na kutoroka dhuluma za kiongozi Benito Mussolini.

Na ili kujikimu, ilimbidi Papa Francis kufanya kazi kuwa bawabu wa usiku katika baa moja kwa takribani mwaka nchini Buenos Aires..

Na wakati wa mchana alifanya kazi za usafi katika baa hiyo. Ni vigumu kuamini, ila mja hupata ajaliwalicho silo atakalo.

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Pope Francis aanza ziara barani Afrika

Papa Francis hapo jana alianza ziara rasmi ya kihistoria barani Afrika wiki hii – akiwa anazitembelea Msumbiji, Madagascar na Mauritius.

Umaskini, uhifadhi wa mazingira na ufisadi ni miongoni mwa mambo yanatorajiwa kuigubika ziara ya Papa katika mataifa ya Afrika.

Wahudumu katika kanisa katoliki wamenukuliwa na baadhi ya vyombo vya habari wakisema kwamba ziara hii ambayo ni ya pili Papa Francis kuwahi kuifanya kusini mwa jangwa la Sahara Afrika, ni fursa muhimu kutoa wito mpya uliogubikwa katika barua yake ya mnamo 2015 “Laudato Si” inayuhusu kulinda mazingira.

Katika mataifa ya Msumbiji na Madagascar kumeshuhudiwa pakubwa tatizo la ukataji miti.

Mambo ambayo pamoja na mmomonyoko wa udongo, yamechangia Msumbiji kuwa katika hatari wakati vimbunga viwili vilipotuwa katika taifa hili mwaka huu, linaripoti shirika la habari la Reuters.

Kwa mujibu wa takwimu za benki ya Dunia, Msumbiji imepoteza hekari milioni 8 za misitu – tangu katika miaka ya 70.

Masuala mengine yanayotarajiwa kuigubika ziara ya Papa katika mataifa hayo ya Afrika ni umasikini, vita na ufisadi au rushwa.

Katika mahojiano naVatican News, Kadinali Pietro Parolin, ambaye ni waziri wa mambo ya nje wa Vatican amesema Papa anatazamiwa kutuma ujumbe mzito kuhusu amani na majadiliano.

Licha ya kwamba baadhi hulihusisha bara la Afrika na matatizo kama mizozo na majanga, kadinali huyo anaamini kuwa “Afrika ni zaidi ya yote eneo lililo na utajiri wa utu au ubinaadamu, lenye utajiri wa maadili na imani”, na kwamba anahisi Papa anafanya ziara hii akiwa pia na hisia kama hizi, inaripoti Vatican news.

Ziara hii ya Papa Francis inatazamwa kama jitihada zake ya kuwa na malengo mapya chini ya uongozi wake baada ya kashfa za miezi kadhaa kuhusu namna kesi za unyanyasaji wa kingono zilivyoshughulikiwa.

Papa Francis anaonekana kuwa na umakini wa kurudi katika kauli mbiu ya amani, utengamano na jitihada za kumaliza umaskini.

Mara ya mwisho Papa Francis kuizuru Afrika ilikuwa Novemba 25 mnamo 2015.

Alianza kwa kutua nchini Kenya akaelekea Uganda na kumalizia ziara hiyo katika Jamhuri ya Afrika ya Kati.

Kando na Papa Francis, Mapapa wawili wengine wamewahi kuzuru mataifa ya Afrika.

Wa kwanza alikuwa Papa Paul VI aliyezuru Uganda mwaka 1969.

Baadaye Mtakatifu John Paul II alizuru mataifa 42 ya Afrika akitembelea Kenya mwaka 1980, mwaka 1985 na mwaka 1995; Uganda mwaka 1993; na Jamhuri ya Afrika ya Kati 1975.

-BBC

Pope Francis kneels and kisses rival South Sudan leaders’ feet

Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan’s rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country’s faltering peace process.

At the closed two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked South Sudan’s president and opposition leader to proceed with the peace agreement despite growing difficulties.

Then he got down on his knees and kissed the leaders’ feet one by one.

The pope usually holds a ritual washing of the feet with prisoners on Holy Thursday, but has never performed such a show of deference to political leaders.

‘I express my heartfelt hope that hostilities will finally cease, that the armistice will be respected, that political and ethnic divisions will be surmounted, and that there will be a lasting peace for the common good of all those citizens who dream of beginning to build the nation,’ the pope said of South Sudan in his closing statement.

The spiritual retreat brought together President Salva Kiir and opposition head Riek Machar. Also present were Kiir’s three vice presidents. The pope kissed the feet of all of them.

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South Sudanese Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng Garang said Francis’ actions moved her profoundly.

‘I had never seen anything like that. Tears were flowing from my eyes,’ she said.

South Sudan, gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and in 2013, the country plunged into a bloody civil war, which left at least 400,000 people dead.

The two-day Vatican meeting was held a month before the end of the shaky peace deal’s pre-transition period. On May 12th, opposition leader Machar is expected to return to South Sudan and once again serve as Kiir’s deputy.

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However, the agreement, which was signed in September in Khartoum, the capital of neighboring Sudan, has been met with delays, missed deadlines and continued fighting with key aspects still not implemented.

A military coup in Sudan on Thursday fueled worries in South Sudan that the toppling of longtime President Omar al-Bashir could derail the already fragile peace deal.

‘Sudan has helped us with the peace deal. We hope that the new system will also focus on the agreement, ensuring that it will be implemented,’ said opposition leader Machar, who attended an evening prayer vigil for peace, held at Rome’s church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

-Daily Mail

“Prostitution is a crime and an offence against humanity,”Pope Francis says

Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a ‘sick mentality’ who think that women exist to be exploited.

‘This isn’t making love. This is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse the terms,’ Francis insisted.

The pope made the comments during an intimate, four-hour-long listening session with 300 young people who were invited by the Vatican to Rome.

The purpose of the session was to help church leaders learn about young people’s attitudes towards the Catholic Church.

Blessing Okoedion, who was forced into prostitution but escaped, asked Francis how the church could allow Catholics to be clients for the many Nigerian women in Italy who – like her – were victims of human trafficking.

‘I ask myself, and I ask you: Is the male chauvinistic church able to truthfully ask itself about this high demand by clients?’ she asked.

Francis, who has made the fight against human trafficking and modern-day sex slaves a priority of his pontificate, urged young people to take up the fight against trafficking and forced prostitution.

‘This is one of the battles that I ask you young people to do, for the dignity of women,’ he said.

The pontiff said forced prostitution was born of a ‘sick mentality’ that no form of feminism has managed to rid from society, one that thinks that ‘women are to be exploited.’

Speaking directly to Okoedion, he concluded: ‘I want to take advantage of this moment, because you talked about baptized and Christians, to ask your forgiveness, from society and all the Catholics who do this criminal act.’

Monday’s meeting was preparation for a big synod of bishops in October on helping young people find their vocations in life.

BY DAILY MAIL

Messi Is My Cup Of Tea, Pope Francis Chooses Barca Star Over Pele & Maradona

He might have lost at least the last three consecutive finals with his nation, but despite never captaining Argentina to glory, Messi still remains Pope Francis’ favorite cup of tea.

According to cbssports.com, Pope Francis, while in Poland for the World Youth Day gathering, voiced his opinion as to who is the best soccer player of all time.

Born in Argentina and a big fan of club San Lorenzo, the Pope selected Lionel Messi over Pele and Diego Maradona.

“For me, Messi is better than Maradona and Pele,” he said.

Those three are usually the players who come to mind when selecting the best of all time. But the Pope is 79 years old — so he has been alive when all three played at the highest of levels, with Messi the only active one. The fact that he said Messi means a lot considering he has experienced the era of each.

Now, Maradona and Pele both won World Cups with their country, while Messi hasn’t been able to lead his country to cup glory, be it at the World Cup or the Copa America. Argentina has lost a cup final the last three summers with Messi, the most recent being the 2016 Copa America at the end of June. Some feel that Messi must win a trophy with Argentina to be considered the best ever.

Messi announced his retirement from the national team after the loss to Chile, but it remains to be seen if he ever does put the white and blue shirt back on. For the Pope, it doesn’t matter. His mind is made up.

-cbssports.com

Pope prays for strife-torn Burundi

Pope Francis prayed for peace in the troubled central African nation of Burundi on Saturday and an end to months of strife that has sparked fears of renewed civil war.

“Sadly, there are many troubling situations in our world for which we must pray, beginning with realities closest to us,” Francis told a meeting of priests, nuns and religious students in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

“I pray especially for the beloved people of Burundi, that the Lord may awaken in their leaders and in society as a whole a commitment to dialogue and cooperation, reconciliation and peace,” the pontiff said.

Burundi descended into violence in April after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a successful bid for a third consecutive term in office, despite concerns over the legality of such a move.

At least 240 people have been killed and more than 200,000 have fled the country since.

Burundi’s government blames a string of attacks on “armed criminals”, but the UN has warned that Burundi risks sliding back into civil war after a dramatic rise in violence.

Armed clashes between gunmen and security forces are a near daily event.

Pope Francis wraps up the Uganda leg of his African tour on Sunday after euphoric celebrations by heading to his most dangerous destination, conflict-ridden Central African Republic.

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Kangemi children offer gifts to welcome pope Francis

They came through the narrow and muddy streets in the rain long before dawn, intent on seeing Pope Francis as he came to their church in the Kenyan slum of Kangemi.

The first people arrived more than two hours before dawn, with the church of St Joseph the Worker already packed before sunlight crept over the crowded tin roofs of the shanty town, home to more than 100,000 people on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

Fourteen-year old Kelvin Mutwiri, who lives in Kangemi slums, came with a drawing of the pope in white and gold as a gift for the 78-year-old pontiff.

“Pope Francis I don’t want to be a street boy, pray for me,” read a set of prayers, beautifully drawn and framed by a group of a dozen children, who were rescued and supported by the church. “Pope Francis, pray for me, I am sick,” read another.

People sang, some danced inside the crowded church, with the doors at the back left open to allow those who couldn’t fit inside to at least catch a glimpse of the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Although the street directly leading to the church was clear apart from school children, thousands thronged the surrounding streets.

“They prepared for this mass, they wrote messages and prayers,” said Catholic priest Father Vittorio, who runs a programme supporting the street children.

Mutwiri’s gift, he explained, was made during a project in which painting is used as a tool to help rehabilitate the youngsters.

“We try to offer them some help — we have a school of painting so they can start to connect with themselves,” Vittorio said.

“We start directing them for rehabilitation. They’re being reintegrated. They feel the dignity of being a person again. Before they were rejected, now they participate in the life of others again.”

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Former street boy James, now 36, grew up on the streets of the tough Mathere slum in another area of Nairobi, and was also helped by Vittorio.

“I came to see the Holy Father, to take his blessing, I hope maybe to see him and talk to him,” said James.

“The Father (Vittorio) knew me for a long time. He told me: ‘Don’t go to the street’. It changed my life,” he told AFP, saying the priest had introduced him to the Bible.

“He gave me the words of God.”

As the Argentine pope began to speak in Spanish, a hush fell across the church.

“I am here because I want you to know that I am not indifferent to your joys and hopes, your troubles and your sorrows,” he told them.

“I want you to know that the Lord never forgets you. The path of Jesus began on the peripheries, it goes from the poor and with the poor, towards others.”

For many, simply being there was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“It’s a great honour to be here, I’ve been a Catholic all my life. I’ve been baptised in this church and I’ve made my first communion and confirmation here. I’m very excited,” said Margaret Mwaniki, a resident of the slum who came with her husband and three sons.

“It’s good for us. His current message of peace and empowerment of young people is the message that we need.”

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Pope Francis urges religious leaders to instil spiritual values in the youth

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Pope Francis has challenged religious leaders to instill good spiritual values in the youth for the good of the public.

The Pope says many youth are being targeted for radicalization in the name of religion, but leaders can help train them to be good citizens by instilling in them values of honesty and integrity.

Meanwhile, Christian and Muslim leaders have been challenged to dialogue to guard against extremist attacks. Pope Francis says religious leaders should’ve a solid bond of friendship to confront various challenges as cooperation among them and communities is important.

Pope Francis’ Homily At The University Of Nairobi Holy Mass

The following are words said by Pope Francis in his Homily during the Holy Mass at the University of Nairobi on Thursday morning.

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.

Isaiah’s prophecy invites us to look to our own families, and to realize how important they are in God’s plan.  Kenyan society has long been blessed with strong family life, a deep respect for the wisdom of the elderly and love for children.  The health of any society depends on the health of its families.  For their sake, and for the good of society, our faith in God’s word calls us to support families in their mission in society, to accept children as a blessing for our world, and to defend the dignity of each man and woman, for all of us are brothers and sisters in the one human family.

In obedience to God’s word, we are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn.  We are called to respect and encourage one another, and to reach out to all those in need.  Christian families have this special mission: to radiate God’s love, and to spread the life-giving waters of his Spirit.  This is especially important today, for we are seeing the growth of new deserts created by a culture of materialism and indifference to others.

The Lord makes us another promise in today’s readings.  As the Good Shepherd who guides us on the paths of life, he promises to make us dwell in his own house for days unending (cf. Ps 23:6).  Here too, we see his promise fulfilled in the life of the Church.  In Baptism, he leads us beside restful waters and revives our soul; in Confirmation he anoints us with the oil of spiritual joy and strength; and in the Eucharist, he prepares a table for us, the table of his own body and blood, for the salvation of the world.

We need these gifts of grace!  Our world needs these gifts!  Kenya needs these gifts!  They strengthen us in fidelity amid adversity, when we seem to be walking “in the valley of the shadow of death”.  But they also change our hearts.  They make us more faithful disciples of the divine Master, vessels of mercy and loving kindness in a world wounded by selfishness, sin and division.  These are the gifts which God, in his providence, enables you, as men and women of faith, to contribute to the building up of your country in civil concord and fraternal solidarity.  In a particular way, they are gifts which must be shared with the young, who here, as elsewhere on this great continent, are the future of society.

Here, in the heart of this University, where the minds and hearts of new generations are being shaped, I appeal in a special way to the young people of the nation.  Let the great values of Africa’s traditions, the wisdom and truth of God’s word, and the generous idealism of your youth guide you in working to shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity.  May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God.

All of us are familiar with Jesus’ parable about the man who built his house on sand, rather than rock.  When the winds came, it fell with a mighty crash (cf.Mt 7:24-27).  God is the rock on which we are called to build.  He tells us this in the first reading, and he asks us: “Is there a God besides me?” (cf. Is 44:8).
When the Risen Jesus says, in today’s Gospel, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Mt 28:18), he is telling us that he, the Son of God, is himself the rock.  There is none besides him.  As the one Saviour of mankind, he wishes to draw men and women of every time and place to himself, so that he can bring them to the Father.  He wants all of us to build our lives on the firm foundation of his word.

That is why, after his resurrection and at the moment of his return to the Father, Jesus gave his apostles the great missionary mandate which we heard in today’s Gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”.

And that is the charge which the Lord gives to each of us.  He asks us to be missionary disciples, men and women who radiate the truth, beauty and life-changing power of the Gospel.  Men and women who are channels of God’s grace, who enable his mercy, kindness and truth to become the building blocks of a house that stands firm.  A house which is a home, where brothers and sisters at last live in harmony and mutual respect, in obedience to the will of the true God, who has shown us, in Jesus, the way to that freedom and peace for which all hearts long.

May Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the rock on whom we build our lives, guide you and your families in the way of goodness and mercy all the days of your lives.  May he bless all Kenyans with his peace.

“Stand strong in faith!  Do not be afraid!”  For you belong to the Lord.

Mungu awabariki!             (God bless you!)

Mungu abariki Kenya!         (God bless Kenya)