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Italian priest is kidnapped in Niger, jihadists suspected

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli had spoken out against female genital mutilation

Pope Francis urges prayers for young people in Africa in new video

The Holy Father prays that young Africans be given access to an education and to quality employment.

A vicious mob destroyed his school, but he refused to give up

An Irish priest is not letting violence detract from his mission to bring literacy to war-torn South Sudan.

What is “the hand of Fatima”?

A widespread amulet or charm that many use as a lucky charm or accessory without fully understanding its meaning.

Backgrounder: The Church’s efforts to bring peace in Democratic Republic of Congo

The sitting president has just announced that he won't run for re-election, though the candidate he's chosen in his place is already under European sanction

Africa overtakes Latin America for the highest Christian population

Africa has seen the births or conversions of nearly 50 million people in the last year

After defeat in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is out to conquer Africa

The presence of jihadis in the Sahel is a threat that cannot be taken lightly

Ethiopia and Eritrea formally end a long-lasting state of war

If peace holds in spite of lingering feelings about disputed border, it could benefit the entire Horn of Africa.

Africa: The specter of external debt returns

There's good news, too: the Constitutional Court of Belgium has saved the law against "vulture funds."

Migrants drown off Libyan coast

Tragedy takes place in wake of European Union agreement on migration reform

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