Africa

Mali bishop Jean-Gabriel Diarra listens to question during an interview with The Associated Press in Rome on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Faith News
An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety assured the Vatican on Tuesday he plans to show up at St. Peter's Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis.
African migrants gather at the Caritas diocesan center in Palmero, Sicily, on June 1. (CNS photo/Dale Gavlak)
Politics & Society News
The latest survivors of the dangerous sea voyage across the Mediterranean from Libya as European Union leaders expressed alarm at the rising numbers of migrants flooding into Italy.
South Sudanese Catholics pray during Mass in 2011 at a church in Juba (CNS photo/ Mohmaed Messara, EPA).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJune 21, 2017
The war has “caused a grave humanitarian crisis that has left half of the country’s population, around 7.3 million people, hungry every day."
A mother cradles her baby May 30 at the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Arua, Uganda, where thousands from war-ravaged South Sudan have fled in search of shelter and safety. (CNS photo/Helen Manson, U.S. Embassy in Uganda)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJune 14, 2017
United Nations sources report that as many as 30 million are threatened by hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen—and 20 million “are at immediate risk.”
Nigerian Marist Brother Christian Mbam, right, talks with a farmer on a church-sponsored farm in Riimenze, South Sudan. Brother Mbam serves as a technical consultant to a religious-run agricultural project. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)
Faith News
Solidarity with South Sudan's farm has become a major teaching center, modeling agricultural techniques for farmers seeking more sustainable ways of producing food.
A statue of Nelson Mandela is seen in early April outside the South African Parliament building in Cape Town. Following findings of severe corruption in government, the South African Council of Churches called for the dissolving of parliament and new general elections. (CNS photo/Nic Bothma, EPA)
Politics & Society News
The government "has lost its moral legitimacy" and new polls are needed, the South African Council of Churches said.