• Central African Republic: A complicated narrative

    Central African Republic: A complicated narrative

    • Dec 30, 2015

    Religious persecution would be a much easier story to tell if it were always a straightforward matter of villains and victims, of innocents being brutalized by extremists and fanatics. Certainly Christians, alarmed by reports of violence directed at their fellow believers, would prefer to keep the narrative simple.

  • #PopeBars channels Francis' inner rap superstar

    #PopeBars channels Francis' inner rap superstar

    • Nov 30, 2015

    If you’ve ever wondered what Pope Francis would look like dropping a beat, today’s your lucky day. (And even if you haven’t, this will still make you smile.) A photo of the pope taken during his just-finished visit to the Central African Republic has gone viral. It was shot Sunday by Gianluigi Guercia for Agence France-Presse at

  • Africa trip captured the ‘Pope of the Peripheries’ at his boldest

    Africa trip captured the ‘Pope of the Peripheries’ at his boldest

    • Nov 30, 2015

    BANGUI, Central African Republic – Pope Francis has taken 11 foreign trips to date, and while each has reflected his priorities and outlook in some way, his Nov. 25-30 outing to Africa may be remembered as the single journey that best captured his entire agenda in miniature. In effect, the

  • Photos: Pope Francis visits the Central African Republic

    • Nov 30, 2015

    Pope Francis went on a six-day trip to Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic. It was his first visit to the continent. The pope delivered 18 speeches and celebrate four open-air Masses. He also met religious and political leaders as well as local youths, and reached out to the underprivileged

  • Africans believed killed in area pope is to visit turn up safe

    • Nov 29, 2015

    NOTE: This is an updated version of a story posted earlier Sunday on the Crux site. BANGUI, Central African Republic — In an illustration of the fear and uncertainty that plague the war-torn Central African Republic, a local bishop on Sunday initially reported that three young people had been shot to

  • Pope arrives as ‘Pilgrim of Peace’ in war-torn Central African Republic

    Pope arrives as ‘Pilgrim of Peace’ in war-torn Central African Republic

    • Nov 29, 2015

    BANGUI, Central African Republic — Despite strong concerns about his personal safety voiced by local and international observers alike, Pope Francis landed Sunday in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where militias have been causing havoc for the past two years in a conflict that’s caused at least 6,000 deaths. When