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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

French police face migrants next to the 'Jungle' migrant camp (Photo: CNS)

French and English bishops call for urgent solution to the migrants crisis

Children raise their hands in front of a mural of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who died in 1947, at St. Bakhita Catholic Church in a displaced persons camp in Jeberona, Sudan (CNS)

In many parts of the world, slavery is still common

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome

The Archbishop of Canterbury, second right, arrives for the synod vote (PA)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Meriam Ibrahim pictured on her wedding day

Meriam Ibrahim re-arrested in Sudan

Ibrahim was accused of apostasy and was forced to give birth in prison

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received a letter from the World Council of Churches (CNS)

Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference condemn sentencing of Meriam Ibrahim

Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher who was jailed in Sudan in 2007 for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Mohammed (PA)

The case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim tells us a great deal about the Muslim mindset as it exists in Sudan today

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag with her husband

‘Abhorrent’ decision condemned by religious freedom activists

People pray next to caskets containing the bodies of two men killed by sectarian violence in in Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

‘Politicians must not wait until situations get out of hand,’ say bishops in statement