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As Covid-19 cases increase, Kenyans flee cities, seeking safety

As the coronavirus cases rise in Kenya, many city residents are fleeing to their rural homes, despite a warning from clerics and government officials. Weeks after Covid-19 was first reported, panicking Kenyans - including Catholics - left cities and towns and...

Stranded migrants, lack of food: in Indian lockdown, poor suffer

The three-week Covid-19 lockdown of India's 1.37 billion people has stranded millions of domestic migrant workers and left people scrambling for food and other basics amid the ensuing harsh and often violent crackdown by police. "Especially when I look at my poor...

Pope joins UN call for immediate global cease-fire

Saying conflicts can never be resolved with war, Pope Francis added his support to a UN appeal for a global cease-fire amid the worldwide threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. "May our joint effort against the pandemic lead everyone to recognise our need to strengthen our...

Catholic students join South African protests; chaplain shot in face

As students and police clash at South African universities, with many campuses closed because of protests against fee increases, Catholic students called on the government to increase its education budget.

‘Higher education in South Africa is chronically underfunded,’ the Johannesburg-based Association of Catholic Tertiary Students said in a statement, noting that ‘the country spends far less on this sector than many other developing countries’.

The high cost of university education, unaffordable for most black South Africans, has become a symbol of the racial inequalities that remain more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

In a day of violent clashes between students and security forces at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on 10th October, a priest was struck in the mouth by a rubber bullet fired by police.

Jesuit Fr Graham Pugin, university chaplain, was urging an end to the violence while standing outside his parish church, where protesting students were taking shelter when he was shot. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

Picture: Students from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, march during a protest on 5th October demanding free tertiary education. As students and police clash at South African universities, with many campuses closed through protests against fee increases, Catholic students called on the government to increase its education budget. (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters).

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As Covid-19 cases increase, Kenyans flee cities, seeking safety

As the coronavirus cases rise in Kenya, many city residents are fleeing to their rural homes, despite a warning from clerics and government officials. Weeks after Covid-19 was first reported, panicking Kenyans - including Catholics - left cities and towns and...

Stranded migrants, lack of food: in Indian lockdown, poor suffer

The three-week Covid-19 lockdown of India's 1.37 billion people has stranded millions of domestic migrant workers and left people scrambling for food and other basics amid the ensuing harsh and often violent crackdown by police. "Especially when I look at my poor...

Pope joins UN call for immediate global cease-fire

Saying conflicts can never be resolved with war, Pope Francis added his support to a UN appeal for a global cease-fire amid the worldwide threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. "May our joint effort against the pandemic lead everyone to recognise our need to strengthen our...