- Kenya declares public holiday for papal Mass Updated: Nov-24-15 7:38 am
NAIROBI, Kenya - The Kenyan government has declared a national public holiday the day Pope Francis will celebrate Mass here, drawing an expected 1.4 million people.
- In Kenyan town, Christians worship under police guard Updated: Nov-23-15 10:28 am
GARISSA, Kenya - As song and prayer drifted from the open, ivy-lined doorways of a Catholic church in Garissa, several security officials, including Muslims, stood watch on the grounds nearby.
- In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers Updated: Nov-23-15 6:19 am
JOHANNESBURG - Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.
- The Latest: Senegal president visits Mali attack site Updated: Nov-22-15 3:09 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - The latest on the attack on a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako. (All times local):
- Pope Africa plans unchanged, but bodyguard does extra check Updated: Nov-19-15 1:53 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is going ahead with plans to visit the conflict-wracked Central African Republic, but his top bodyguard is doing an unusual, last-minute on-site survey to determine if security concerns require any changes to the itinerary, the Vatican said Thursday.
- Pope steady despite a crazy, messed up month of scandal Updated: Nov-13-15 12:04 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is no stranger to drama, intrigue or scandal. But even by Vatican standards, this has been one hell of a month.
- UN probing new sex abuse allegations in C. African Republic Updated: Nov-11-15 3:47 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says it is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. peacekeepers in violence-ridden Central African Republic.
- 5,000 flee Central African Republic camp after rebel attack Updated: Nov-11-15 1:57 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - U.N. officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters.
- UN sending extra troops, police to Central African Republic Updated: Nov-10-15 8:38 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is adding hundreds of troops and police before next month's elections, but their arrival is expected to be too late for Pope Francis' visit to the violent country.
- Central African Republic reschedules vote for Dec. 27 Updated: Nov-09-15 4:34 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Authorities in Central African Republic say the first round of voting in a long anticipated election now will take place two weeks later than initially planned.
- Pope still hopes to go to Central African Republic Updated: Nov-01-15 9:56 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis expressed hope Sunday he can still visit the Central African Republic this month despite what he called a worrisome flare-up of violence in that conflict-torn country.