- 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.
- After attacks, France walks narrow line on Islam in schools Updated: Nov-04-15 3:55 pm
PARIS - This was the week that schoolchildren in one Paris suburb got a stark choice at the cafeteria: pork or nothing at all.