- Feb 23, 2021
During the eight hours Pope Francis spent in Mauritius, a multiethnic island nation in the Indian Ocean, he urged the inhabitants of the country to remember their immigrant roots and to integrate those who are arriving as they were welcomed by their ancestors.
An estimated 70 percent of the population of Madagascar suffers from extreme poverty, living on less than $2 a day. Life expectancy is 65, 12 years less than in the United States.
The devil, the pope said Saturday in Madagascar, “also knows our names,” but he prefers to remind people of their sins, to make “us feel that however much we do, nothing can ever change, everything will remain the same.”
For one Nigerian priest, the killing of several of his peers over the past few months is not so much a sign that Christians are being targeted as it is indicative of a much deeper, and systemic problem rooted in corruption and a “hidden agenda” to make Nigeria a Muslim nation.
John Allen gives 5 possible uses for a former papal summer residence and invites you to submit some as well.
At the close of a high-stakes meeting last week, bishops from throughout Africa have said the event was not only a sign of hope, but they doubled down on their commitment to evangelization, specifically highlighting the role of laypeople, including youth and women.