- Jan 25, 2020
Security in Africa’s Sahel region has “deteriorated significantly” over the past year, according to one of the largest Catholic development agencies.
Funding from the Gulf States is one of the reasons extremism is growing in Burkina Faso, according to a representative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a pontifical charity.
Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.
As the country fights off an attempted takeover by Islamic forces linked to ISIS and Al-Qaeda, Mali’s branch of the global Catholic charity Caritas is trying to ensure that July 29 presidential elections are free and fair.
It’s a well-kept secret of societies where Christians and Muslims rub shoulders that conversions from one faith to the other happen with sometimes surprising frequency. Muslims who embrace Christianity face special challenges, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, as a story from Lebanon about the time Jihad met the Virgin illustrates.
After the terror attacks in Barcelona, Spain, terrorists are targeting Italy and the Vatican again with videos that call for ‘lone wolves’ to drive cars into the crowds and show people tearing up images representing saints and Pope Francis. “It may be only a matter of time before such an attack takes place,” the commander of the Swiss guards said.