Pope issues strong appeal for traditional family values

2015-11-26 14:07
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Nairobi - Pope Francis is issuing a strong appeal for traditional family values in his first public Mass in Africa.

In his homily on Thursday, Francis called for Kenyans to support families and welcome children as a blessing. He urged them to resist practices "which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women and threaten the life of the innocent unborn".

The African church is among the most conservative in the world, and African bishops have been at the forefront in insisting that traditional church teachings on marriage and sexuality, and its opposition to abortion, be strongly emphasized.

Francis obliged, but also stressed issues of his own concern: He called for Kenyans to shape a more just society that looks out for the poor and to "reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things are not of God."

Read more on:    pope francis  |  kenya  |  east africa  |  religion  |  africa

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