Africa is full of contrasts that are an essential part of its identity.
On the rich African continent, the Church strives to work for unity in diversity, respecting ethnic and linguistic divisions. “The ethnic, linguistic, and tribal divisions in Africa can be overcome promoting unity in diversity. I want to thank the religious sisters, priests, laity, and missionaries for their work to create dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of African society. Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.”
Each month, The Pope Video disseminates the Holy Father’s prayer intentions regarding the challenges of humanity and the mission of the Church.
The Church in Africa, a seed of unity
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for the continent.
you created your children to live united to you,
in communion with one another.
During this month, we pray you for Christians in Africa,
that they may open themselves to your presence and to your reconciling action
in the midst of the divisions of this world.
May your grace move hearts to forgiveness and mercy,
with a sincere desire to build peace
and nurture hope in the future,
especially among the poorest and the young.
Proposals for the month
- Look for good examples of reconciliation between people and groups separated by war or religion and spread them in your own social networks.
- Seek, in your family, school and work, to be an agent of peace and reconciliation, taking on this task as a way of evangelisation.
- Promote, in your community, a moment of prayer, praying that the Lord will heal the wounds of war and the division of the African peoples and open paths of reconciliation.