Pope Francis’ visit to Africa will bring reconciliation and healing to the region


Pope Francis has not formally visited Africa since his inauguration.

Pope Francis will be making his first visit to Africa November 25-30th according to the Vatican’s announcement made on November 1st.

The pope will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic within the number of days traveling, an itinerary that extends his practice of focusing his international travel on developing the world.

Pope Francis is often seen as conventional in that he often straddles the divide between the liberals and conservatives in world disputes. He is symbolized by his values surrounding social justice, the epidemic of poverty, and the inequities of globalization among many others.

Pope Francis’s robust defense of the poor and unfortunate draws many people, religious and atheist alike, to his teachings and the lasting impact of his friendly presence. According to the CIA World Factbook, the Central African Republic is one of the world’s poorest countries, with an estimated per capita GDP for 2014 of only $600.

The country has also been burdened by civil war since 2011, between government forces and several rebel groups. Therefore, the government lacks control of the entire country.

I can only assume that the pope is furthering his pursuit to help the less fortunate by undergoing this risky trip. Since these countries are facing many setbacks, Pope Francis will bring healing and reconciliation to its citizens.

According to the Washington Post, “In an interview, the Rev. Stephen Okello, coordinator of the visit said the post-election violence was one of the biggest setbacks so far and the church was keen to hear the pope’s advice on how to deal with its fallouts.”

This travel is actually representative of the pope’s candid bravery given he is not affected by the possibilities of execution or great harm going to a country encountering war.

No one really can deny that the pope isn’t pretty great in this aspect. According to the Washington Post, “Kenya, a country with 14 million Catholics, recently announced the theme of the papal visit: Stand firm and be strong.”

We can expect from the pope’s visit a sense of peace after he leaves because I’m positive that is going to be his main focal point. Based on his visit to the United States, only a sense of togetherness and hopefulness followed during his presence, bringing then Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to tears.

I attest to the fact that Boehner’s reaction to the pope’s message caused him to perhaps change his specific allegiance, before stepping down from his position as head of the House of Representatives. Regardless, Pope Francis had a lasting impression on the United States and the result of his African travels will leave the same sentiments among the African people.