In War-Torn South Sudan, Starvation is Endemic

Some in the troubled African nation hoped Pope Francis’ visit would foster “reconciliation and peace.”  But because of his ailing knee, the Pope Francis will send the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Africa in his place. 

Religious Persecution In Nigeria ‘Has Gotten Worse’: Aid Groups

Religious freedom advocates are confused over the omission of Nigeria from a U.S. State Department list of countries known for having the world’s worst attacks on Christians. “We’re baffled,” said Ed Clancy, of Brooklyn-based Aid to the Church in Need-U.S. “By every single measure, Nigeria has gotten worse.”