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Pope Francis on Friday met representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches and discussed how to promote peace in a country ravaged by a bloody four-year civil war.Read More
Vatican City (AFP) Pope Francis on Friday met representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches and discussed how to promote peace in a country ravaged by a bloody four-year civil war. “The Pope holds the suffering people of South Sudan in his heart,” said Council Secretary James Oyet Latansio following the Vatican meeting with Francis. Father Oyet Latansio said the delegation and the pontiff debated ways of resolving the Sudanese conflict that has raged since December 2013 — just two-and-a-half years after gaining independence from Sudan. Tens of thousandsRead More
A Catholic bishop in southern Nigeria has resigned after the Vatican failed to quell fierce objections over his nomination because he did not belong to a local clan of the Igbo ethnic group.Read More
Vatican City (AFP) A Catholic bishop in southern Nigeria has resigned after the Vatican failed to quell fierce objections over his nomination because he did not belong to a local clan of the Igbo ethnic group. The Vatican announced the resignation of Monsignor Peter Ebere Okpaleke on Monday, six years after Pope Francis’s predecessor Benedict XVI named him to the post. Okpaleke, who hails from neighbouring Anambra state, was never able to take up the post because the priests and laypeople of the diocese insisted that their bishop belong toRead More
The Vatican on Saturday declared seven French Trappist monks beheaded by Islamists in Algeria in 1996 as martyrs, paving the way for their beatification -- the first step towards sainthood.Read More
Vatican City (AFP) The Vatican on Saturday declared seven French Trappist monks beheaded by Islamists in Algeria in 1996 as martyrs, paving the way for their beatification — the first step towards sainthood. On the night of March 26-27 1996, the monks were abducted from the Priory of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibehirine, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Algiers, by members of the insurgent Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA). Their heads were discovered two months later and their death was announced by the GIA. The monksRead More
Vatican City (AFP) Pope Francis on Wednesday made a fresh appeal for calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a bloody crackdown on anti-government marches organised by the country’s powerful Catholic Church. Six people were killed, scores injured and dozens arrested, according to the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, when security forces opened fire on Catholic-organised rallies against President Joseph Kabila on Sunday. The government has put the death toll at two. “Unfortunately, worrying information continues to reach us” from DR Congo, the pope said at the end of hisRead More
The grand imam of Egypt's famed Al-Azhar institution Ahmed al-Tayeb, one of the Muslim world's leading religious authorities, on Tuesday met Pope Francis and pledged greater cooperation to fight terrorism.Read More
Pope Francis on Sunday called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with "close attention" over disputed elections.Read More
Vatican City (AFP) Pope Francis on Sunday called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with “close attention” over disputed elections. “I am paying close attention in these days to Kenya, which I visited in 2015,” Francis told pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer. Francis said he was praying “that the whole country might be able to face the current difficulties in a climate of constructive dialogue, having at heart the search for the common good.” In a shock decision, Kenya’s SupremeRead More