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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

The replica of the Shroud of Turin

Barrie Schwortz, a leading expert on the Shroud, spoke at the event

Migrants line up as they wait for a food ration distributed by the Banque Alimentaire of Calais at a camp set in northern France (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The farce at Calais cannot go on. We either enforce the law or change it

Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines (CNS)

Archbishop Socrates Villegas says the Philippines is taking ‘all possible approaches’ to dealing with environmental issues

Muslim and Christian leaders attend Mass together. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Fr Jaques Mourad worked tirelessly for displaced refugees, regardless of their religion

The bishop baptises a child in a church attacked by militants three years ago (AP)

Don’t be fooled by appearances: the meek-looking Bishop Alessandro has the heart of a lion and is putting his life on the line in northern Kenya

A demonstrator burns a cross during a protest in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Pakistan (CNS photo/Adrees Hassain, Reuters)

A teenage boy was attacked on Friday for saying he was a Christian

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis will offer encouragement to Catholic minority in the Balkan country

An anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration in Pakistan (CNS)

Four students were reportedly injured in the attack