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Nuns holding the Vatican and Benin's national flags kneel as they wait to greet Pope Benedict XVI after his visit at the cathedral of Cotonou in the Africa's western coast country of Benin in 2011 (AP)

What Africa can teach Francis

His Holiness would do well to listen and learn from the African Church, whose religious experience is arguably more authentic than that of the West

An African Union soldier patrols as people prepare to be evacuated  near Bangui, Central African Republic, last year (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda in late November

Bring Back Our Girls campaigners in Abuja raise candles during a gathering on August 27 to mark the 500th day that more than 200 girls of the Government Secondary School were abducted by Boko Haram  (CNS)

Cardinal Onaiyekan said he hoped the 500 day event would be a ‘symbolic catalyst’ for stirring the Nigerian community

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

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People gather around the ruins of the burned Bama Market in Maiduguri, Nigeria (CNS)

Aid to the Church in Need say 5,000 Catholics have been killed in one diocese alone

Nigerians in Abuja march in silence to demand action over the missing girls of Chibok (Photo: AP)

Those released do not include the girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok a year ago

A Nigerian woman wearing a rosary attends a prayer meeting for schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

A Nigerian bishop says Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said the rosary will vanquish Boko Haram

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai: 'We pray for all the martyrs who were killed' (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his election victory (PA)

Cardinal John Onaiyekan calls on Muhammadu Buhari to stop Islamist violence and promote national cohesion

A group of refugees picture in northern Iraq (CNS)

Francis has sent aid money to assist people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and northern Nigeria