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Relatives gather around one of the victims of the attack by gunmen during a Pentecost Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, as she receives treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Nigeria, June 6, 2022. Reports said at least 50 people were killed in the attack. (CNS photo/Temilade Adelaja, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Chris Chatteris, S.J.
Extremist and criminal violence is on the rise across Northern Africa from Somalia to Nigeria as local security forces face off against gangs and insurgencies they are often ill-equipped to contain.
Catherine Clinch plays Cáit in the Irish language film <em>“An Cailín ”</em> (”The Quiet Girl”).
Arts & CultureDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Film-making in Ireland has been in the shadow of other cultural successes in literature and music. That may all be about to change. At this year’s Academy Awards, there are three movies with strong Irish connections up for Oscar consideration.
A man rides a motorcycle past debris from destroyed buildings in Samandag, southern Turkey, on Feb. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Clotilde Bigot
Long before the earthquakes in February, the viability of the Christian community in Samandag had been under cultural and economic threat. Many from the city’s minority Christian community had already departed, seeking economic or educational opportunities elsewhere.
A local resident gestures outside a residential building in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Feb. 2, 2023, which was destroyed by a Russian missile strike. (OSV News photo/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
The staff and volunteers of Caritas Ukraine accept a double duty—agents of humanitarian aid but also, with their families, victims and targets of conflict themselves.
Supporters of Nigeria’s Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate Peter Obi, chants during an election campaign rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria, on Feb. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Patrick Egwu
Ahead of upcoming general elections on Feb. 25 and March 11, Nigerian Catholics want their next national leaders to address the difficult political and socio-economic issues facing the country.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, is pictured in a March 25, 2022, photo.
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
With the first anniversary of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine just days away, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church spoke about gratitude and powerlessness in the face of a “blind, absurd, sacrilegious war.”