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For global 'peripheries,' poverty can lead to online exploitation

Oct 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

Aug 16, 2017

By Elise Harris

With hundreds dead and nearly 600 more still missing as a result of a giant mudslide that ravished Sierra Leone's... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Vatican: South Sudan not on Pope's itinerary for 2017

May 30, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Friday Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed that while Pope Francis had voiced his desire to travel South Sudan for... Read more

The US capitol building.

How should the US react to human rights abuses in Ethiopia?

Feb 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

One member of Congress is hoping for a “serious policy review” by the Trump administration of the United States' relationship... Read more

Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigerian bishop: Evangelize through family, social media

Feb 1, 2017

For one Catholic bishop in Nigeria, social media and family life are two keys for evangelization and sharing the values... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag.

Holy See and Benin sign agreement on Church’s legal status

Oct 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic... Read more

Candle Vigil.

After deadly protests, religious leaders in Ethiopia call for peace

Oct 18, 2016

Religious leaders in Ethiopia have joined together to plea for peace amid ongoing protests that have sometimes resulted in deadly... Read more

Pilgrims from a Cameroon chiefdom at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 21, 2016.

How Catholics brought women's equality to a Cameroon clan

Sep 21, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women to have no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks... Read more

Ethiopia women at the market.

In Ethiopia, Church-run small business program aims for a better tomorrow

Sep 1, 2016

Making a living is tough in parts of Ethiopia, but a Catholic-run program aims to change that.  Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis names American as new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau

Aug 22, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, marking the latest in... Read more

Catholic Members of Parliament with Fr.Chinkanda and Missionaries of Charity.

Catholic before partisan: African leaders unite to aid orphanage

Aug 7, 2016

In an orphanage near the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi, children are reaping the fruits of the Year of Mercy.... Read more

How the Church can help bring peace to Africa

Aug 2, 2016

Grassroots movements, local communities, and faith-based organizations – especially the Catholic Church – have an important role to play in... Read more

Portrait of Samburu woman in Kenya, Africa on Nov. 8, 2008.

Vatican diplomacy zeros-in on human rights in Africa

Mar 30, 2016

In a region fraught with political, ethnic and religious divisions, the Central African Republic's motto of “Unity, Dignity, and Work”... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday general audience Dec. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Dec 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key... Read more

Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 5, 2015.

Africa's bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Nov 24, 2015

Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope sends condolences after deadly terrorist attack in Mali

Nov 22, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis condemned the “senseless violence” of Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel which has killed at least 22 people... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah in St. Peter's Square, March 24, 2013.

Cardinal Sarah on new book: I want to help people rediscover God

Nov 21, 2015

By Elise Harris

At the presentation of his new book Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims before the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 19, 2015.

Africa abuzz ahead of Pope’s visit, Ugandan archbishop says

Oct 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

As his country gets ready to receive their spiritual ‘grandfather,’ Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Uganda said Pope Francis’... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who authored one of the essays in "Christ's New Homeland - Africa".

These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod

Oct 2, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that... Read more

Christians in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015

Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while... Read more