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Pope Francis expects to remain pontiff until his death in Rome

– – Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled The Health of Popes. In an interview granted to Argentinian journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in February 2019, the pope said he thinks about death, but does not fear it. Extracts from the book were published Saturday in Argentinian daily La Nacion. Asked how he sees his final days, Francis, who is 84, responded: “I will be…

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Africa World 

Pope Francis appoints first female to senior synod post

– – Pope Francis has broken with Catholic tradition to appoint a woman as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first to hold the post with voting rights in a body that studies major questions of doctrine. Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries named Saturday to the synod, where she has been a consultant since 2019. The appointment signals the pontiff’s desire “for a greater participation of women in the process of discernment and decision-making in the church”, said Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary-general…

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Africa World 

Pope Francis calls for prayers for Ethiopia amid Tigray crisis

– – Pope Francis has called for the world to pray for Ethiopia as fighting between federal forces and rebels in Tigray region intensifies. In a message on Twitter, the Pope invited “everyone to pray for Ethiopia where armed clashes have intensified and are causing a serious humanitarian situation.” He added that “I appeal to the parties in conflict so that the violence might ceases, life may be safeguarded and the populations can regain.” I invite everyone to pray for #Ethiopia where armed clashes have intensified and are causing a…

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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

Photos: Pope Francis visits Mozambique

Pope Francis on Thursday spent most of the day during his visit to Mozambique urging citizens there to nurture peace to make it last. The pontiff spent time with warring factions in the Southern African country where a recent peace accord was signed to formally end years of civil war. The Pope said to the gathering that “Peace must be the norm and reconciliation the best way to face the country’s difficulties,”. Peace was like “a delicate flower”, according to the Pope who said it has struggled to blossom on…

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Pope Francis was late for prayers after getting trapped in lift

Pope Francis has apologised for arriving late for his weekly prayer in St Peter’s Square. He explained to those gathered that he was stuck in a lift in the Vatican. The 82-year-old pontiff told the worshipers that he had been trapped in the lift for 25 minutes. The trapped could not functioned due to a power outage at the Vatican. Pope Francis however explained that he was freed by firefighters who detected the situation. Meanwhile the Pope’s visit to Mozambique has drawn some controversy after the Mozambique government said it…

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