POPE FRANCIS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLICWatching Pope Francis push open the Holy Door in the Cathedral in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic, brings to mind the great Old Testament prophets who brought God to the people through symbolic actions and words rich in meaning. Already Francis is calling forth the Year of Mercy and calling us in a radical way to be people of mercy, of peace and reconciliation. “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 God will have the last word. And that word will be love and peace.” We need this message. I need this message. Let us move forward in hope believing that that God will indeed have the last words… “LOVE AND PEACE”

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