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‘Feel free to breastfeed’ in Sistine Chapel – Pope Francis tells mothers

Pope Francis has told mothers to feel free to breastfeed their babies as they took part in a long Vatican ceremony in which he baptised 34 infants.

Father Mbaka and the voice of God

Prophecies and predictions by Christian pastors often mark the end of a year and the beginning of another in Nigeria…egged on by the media, looking for juicy material for their overtly religious and superstitious readers, these pastors sometimes overreach themselves as they dish out prophecies as if they were some kind of annual merchandise.

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, Pope Francis discuss situation around Jerusalem

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey discussed the situation around Jerusalem in a phone conversation with Pope Francis on Friday, stressing the importance of preserving the city’s status, Turkish media reported, citing presidential sources.

Hamas chief calls for continued Jerusalem protests

The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pope Francis defends Rohingya silence on Myanmar trip

Pope Francis has defended his public silence over the plight of Rohingya Muslim refugees during his visit to Myanmar.

Pope Francis advised not to use term ‘Rohingya’ in Myanmar due to political sensitivities

Leading figures in the Catholic Church and international politics have advised Pope Francis not to use the term Rohingya during a trip to Myanmar due to political sensitivities.

Is another revolution imminent in the Nigerian church?

The tithe debate kick-started by the radio presenter known as Daddy Freeze is causing ripples in the Nigerian church. It has done one big thing among Christians: It has reduced the fear that has enveloped Christians for decades – the fear ingrained in them not to question whatever is said by the spiritual leaders – for fear of incurring the wrath of God.

Pope offers ‘prayerful solidarity’ to Iran-Iraq earthquake victims

Pope Francis has offered “prayerful solidarity” to victims of the earthquake which killed more than 400 people in a border region between Iran and Iraq.

Pope Francis considering allowing married men become priests – report

Pope Francis has reportedly given nod to a debate to consider the possibility of married men becoming priests.

Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya.

Pope Francis hits 40 million followers on Twitter

The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader’s status as one of the world’s biggest social media players.

Anambra church shooting: They have attacked God – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Tuesday, described the killings of worshippers at St Philips Catholic Church in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, as a direct attack on God.

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Sudan frees AFP, Reuters reporters detained covering protests

Sudan on Monday freed Agence France-Presse's reporter in Khartoum, Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali, and a Reuters journalist who were arrested last week while covering protests.

Construction of Edo refinery to commence in three months – Governor Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said that the construction of the 5,500 barrels-per-day-(bpd)-capacity Edo Modular Refinery will commence in the next three months to create jobs, train youths and guarantee availability of petroleum products.

Borussia Dortmund interested in Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

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Gunmen abduct Reps member’s children, kill three villagers

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NSCDC declares man wanted over rape of 13-year-old girl

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Nasarawa State has declared wanted a middle-aged man, Haruna Abdulkadir, from Daddare, Obi Local Government Area for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl in the area.

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Cameroon returnees: Adamawa IDP camp records 300 deliveries

No fewer than 300 successful births have been recorded in Fufore Internally Displaced Persons camp hosting Nigerians evacuated from Republic of Cameroon in the past two years.

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa denounces graft before Davos forum

South Africa's deputy president is urging state prosecutors to target suspects in corruption scandals, some of whom have been linked to a business family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma.

NAICOM announces rates for compulsory classes of insurance

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Alexis Sanchez travels to Manchester for transfer talks

Alexis Sanchez missed Arsenal's Premier League victory over Crystal Palace as he was travelling north to discuss his potential transfer to Manchester United, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

Nigerian pilgrims never humiliated in Jerusalem – NCPC

The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, has denied reports that the Nigerian contingent to 2017 Christian pilgrimage were seen as posing security threat to Jerusalem by the Israeli authorities.