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Africa

 

China to conquer Africa

A massive investment plan (around $60 billion) and the cancellation of debts of poorer countries are the two essential points of the strategy with which ...

The new silk route passes through Africa

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, is in Africa, strengthening economic-military cooperation with these countries that are experiencing steady growth. This marks yet another phase of ...

A sign of hope for Africa

From 25 to 30 November Pope Francis will be in Africa, where he will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. The journey is ...

The Pope sends video messages to the peoples of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic

Just a few days before his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis sent two video messages to the peoples that he is about to visit. ...

On the history of missions in Africa

The 37th Week of Euro-Mediterranean religious history is being held from 2 to 5 September at the Villa Cagnola in Gazzada Schianno, in the province ...

Connecting Nigeria’s faithful

Part Facebook and part Twitter, and not just for Christians. Prayerbox is a new social platform with a religious approach. Its creator is Adebambo Oyekan ...

United against terrorism

Yesterday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the Tunisian capital to march against international jihadism, as sign of solidarity for the ...

International mobilization strengthens

Pope Francis joined the international mobilization calling for the freedom of the more than 200 students abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria ...

The Bishop of Bossangoa is freed

His Excellency Nestor-Desiré Nongo-Aziagbia, Bishop of Bossangoa, who together with three priests of his diocese was abducted by a group of Séléka militia last Wednesday ...

Nigeria at the mercy of armed groups

Two massacres occurred in recent hours in northern Nigeria, confirming the increasingly prevalent violence. Violence which is linked to differences among ethnic groups over control ...

Special tribunal in Mauritania against slavery

Nouakchott, 4. The Government of Mauritania announced that it is setting up a special tribunal which will prosecute crimes of slavery, which are widespread in ...

Against apartheid amongst believers

Cape Town, 9. Nelson Mandela, a baptized Methodist, fought not only against apartheid in ethnic groups, but also against every injustice and abuse committed in ...

Lala Bouna shines again

“A building that stands as a symbol of the bonds between religions” and “must remain at the service of dialogue between the two shores of ...

Catholic church in Kenya attacked

Fighting against Islamic Somali military radicals of Al Shabaab in Kenya is becoming increasingly difficult. While the country is in a period of national mourning ...

To rebuild Somalia education for children is guaranteed

Among the signs of the international community's work on rebuilding devastated Somalia is the launching of a campaign by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNESCO) ...

Crack down in Egypt

The noose is drawn tighter round the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. Today the Egyptian authorities announced the arrest of Safwat Hegazi, one of the ...

Coexistence the only way for Egypt

The Congregation for the Eastern Churches “following, with great concern, the terrible situation in Egypt, shares in Pope Francis' prayers for the victims and those ...

Obama re-evaluates aid to Cairo

The tension in the Egyptian streets is increasingly high. Morsi supporters announced that a major protest will take place Friday, and the United States stated ...

Kenya goes to the polls fearing violence

The death toll has reached at least 17 in the last few hours in Kenya, where today presidential elections are being held. This announcement was ...

The invitation to forgive even those who kill

On Wednesday morning, 20 February, in the Cathedral of St Joseph on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania, the funeral of Fr Evarist Mushi was celebrated. ...

Explosions in Tunisia

Two years after the Tunisian Revolution of the Jasmin, yesterday's assassination of Chokri Belaid, Secretary of the United Democratic Patriots Movement and principal figure of ...

Egypt between protests and attempts at dialogue

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces continued in Egypt's capital this morning. Chaos reigned near Qasr-al Nil Bridge, one of the main points of access ...

Ceasefire of the Congolese rebels

The Congolese rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23) have declared a unilateral ceasefire in view of the second session of negotiations with the Government ...

Armoured Egypt

Egypt is on the brink of a civil war. Tension is growing in Cairo where today there was another wave of opposition protesters and supporters ...

Powder keg Egypt

Tension is growing in Egypt. Armoured military tanks and vehicles have been deployed around the Presidential Palace of Heliopolis in the centre of Cairo – ...

A constitution of discord

Anticipating the deadlines scheduled in the attempt to put an end to the violence in Egypt since President Mohammed Mursi issued a sweeping decree on ...

New unrest in Tahrir Square

New clashes between the police and the opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi were reported in Tahrir Square in Cairo, where yesterday tens of thousands ...

Attacks against Christians in Nigeria

Another bloody Sunday for Christians in the north of Nigeria. Two car bombs detonated by suicide attackers exploded in a church in a military compound ...

Civilian atrocities in North Kivu

The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office has reported a series of civilian atrocities in North Kivu, one of the 11 provinces of the Democratic ...

Pace and security for the Congolese

The Pope appealed for the Congolese peoples who “because of persistent armed conflicts are subjected to suffering, violence and severe hardship”. At the Angelus on ...

Washington fears further violence

The United States are preparing for a prolonged period of unrest in the world, an instability – according to some representatives of the administration in ...

US ambassador to Libya killed

The United States ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, an official and two marines were killed yesterday night when the American consulate in Bengasi was attacked. ...

Juba opens embassy  in Khartoum

Yesterday in Khartoum the first South Sudanes embassy opened, nourishing the hope for normalizing relations between the two African countries and for the status of ...

Christians flee Mali

For months Christians have been fleeing the northern part of Mali from Islamic fundamentalists. The alarm was sounded by the Algerian daily El Khabar which ...

The body of Meles Zenawi returns to his homeland

The body of Meles Zenawi has been taken back to his homeland. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia died yesterday at the age of 57 in ...

Platinum and blood

The situation including the violent encounters yesterday between South African police and striking miners is deteriorating with each passing hour. The clashes took place in ...

Violence against Christians in Kenya

The Christian communities in Africa are the target of terrorist violence by various Islamic Fundamentalist Groups that in recent months have emphasized their strategy of ...

Limitless violence in Nigeria

One hundred fifty dead and at least 200 wounded. This is the tragic outcome of the latest wave of violence devastating northern Nigeria this week. ...

Nigeria in a spiral of violence

Violence has once again been reported in the past hours in north Nigeria. And the effects of the attack in Kaduna on Sunday on five ...

The Africans that are not united

The day of African Unity, being celebrated today to commemorate the institution 49 years ago of the Organization of African Unity – which 10 years ...

New outbursts of violence in North Kivu

More than 100 people were killed in further explosions of violence last week in North Kivu, the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the ...

Africa land of drama and hope

The traditio fidei is the principle duty of the Church, it is her mission and her vocation. Since the Synod of 1971 and especially that ...

Christians still under attack in Africa

The persecutions of Christians is never ending and Africa — a land where the presence of Christians is a sign of hope and openness — ...

Africa is the continent of the future

While Africa is often described “in a belittling and humiliating way as the continent of infinite and insoluble wars and problems” on the contrary it ...

Permanent Error

Cattle graze peacefully in the midst of dense black smoke: what from afar seems a marsh from close up turns out to be an immense ...

Still bloodshed in Tahrir square

Three claimed dead and nearly 60 injured, including a fifteen-year old in serious condition at the clashes at dawn in Tahrir square in Cairo, on ...

The egotism of the world and the hope of Africa

Old and new slavery makes Africa’s journey of development today still uncertain and difficult. Egotism of the market and special interest masked as piety, exclude ...

Libya testing reconciliation

The dramatic end of Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte marks a point in Libya’s bloody war while the international community hopes that a new government is ...

The weakest women pay

The most used contraceptive in sub-Saharan Africa doubles the risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to scientific research published in the medical journal, The ...

Care, water and food for people in the Horn of Africa

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. ...

The Africa of Pirates

The challenge of piracy is one of the most persistent African emergencies and is continually increasing, despite the deployment of imposing international naval operations, especially ...

Unresolved problems for democracy

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is preparing for presidential and legislative elections next 28 November, while leaving as yet unsolved the majority of the ...

China and Sudan’s oil

Last week’s visit by Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, to Sudan and South Sudan, confirms the Peking government’s decision to maintain an important role in ...

A solidarity without pauses

There has been an emergency situation in the Horn of Africa for a few weeks now. Yes, the situation still has not been resolved, because ...

Inhuman to remain indifferent

“There is no worse deaf man than he who does not want to listen and no worse blind man that he who does not want ...

Hunger, politics and propaganda

Aside from the delay in international financial aid, there are also questions of internal politics and even propaganda which are creating obstacles for humanitarian action ...

The Pope’s closeness to the people in the Horn of Africa

As the Pope recalled in his appeal on Sunday July 17, after the Angelus, the famine caused by drought in the Horn of Africa is ...

The UN returns to the most devastated areas of Somalia

For the first time in more than a year and a half, the United Nations is preparing to distribute aid to populations in areas of ...

Reform in Morocco

From the traditional “Hiba” – an Arabic word which means terror and sacred respect for an absolute sovereign who commands everyone – to a modern ...

The French Parliament extends the military mission in Libya

A double all-clear from the French Parliament to extend the military mission in Libya, under NATO command, after the National Assembly and the Parisian Senate ...

The worst disaster

The worst humanitarian disaster in the world is occurring in Somalia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, said yesterday after visiting the ...

The difficult birth of a nation

If the birth of a nation were compared to the birth of a baby, the case of South Sudan could be considered a delivery with ...

Khartoum’s army controls Abyei

This weekend, the Sudanese army claimed that it had ended its military operation in the oil region of Abyei, an area disputed with South Sudan. ...

Harmony does not flow on the waters of the Nile

This weekend’s mission to Addis Abeba by the new Prime Minister of Egypt, Essam Sharaf, does not seem destined to bring any new agreement on ...

Peace for Côte d’Ivoire and Libya

On Wednesday, 6 April, at the end of the General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Pope appealed once again for Côte d’Ivoire and Libya. ...

Gentleness and mercy witness to the optimism of goodness

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 30 March, in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about a holy Doctor of the ...

Let the weapons be silenced in Libya  and let dialogue begin

After praying the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 27 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal for peace on ...

Peace on the horizon for Libya

After praying the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 20 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal on behalf of the people of ...

The rock of Christ and the sands of power

After the Angelus on Sunday 6 March the Pope appealed for the protection of religious freedom and human dignity in Pakistan and for help to ...

The holiness of priests a sign of hope for the Church

The Holy Father spoke to the community of the Pontifical Ethiopian College in the Vatican on the holiness of priests as a sign of hope. ...

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Sept. 21, 2018