Africa

The Catholic Church in Kenya is promoting a variety of energy-saving stoves with a view to stopping forest destruction and climate change.
With thousands of people killed and almost 1 million of the country's 4.6 million people displaced in the past six years, trauma is rampant throughout the former French colony.
Pope Francis meets with Jesuits in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Gerard O’Connell September 26, 2019
“My election as pope did not convert me suddenly,” Pope Francis said, “so as to make me less sinful than before. I am and I remain a sinner. That’s why I confess every two weeks.”
Linus Unah September 24, 2019
For nearly two decades, Nigeria has been struggling to reform its congested prison system. Courts grapple with huge backlogs of cases, compounding delays in the delivery of justice and contributing to prison overcrowding.
Dancers perform before Pope Francis leads a vigil with young people at the Soamandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Sept. 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell September 20, 2019
In all three countries, Pope Francis pleaded for protection of the environment. Mining by foreign companies to extract precious minerals has been a major problem in Madagascar and Mozambique. In Madagascar, deforestation is especially a threat.
Terence Sweeney September 13, 2019
St. Augustine has much to teach us about the meritocracy and recent college admissions bribery scandals.