*Fire kills two-year-old boy, injures girl in Lagos (Punch)*Flood wreaks havoc in states as weather agencies warn coastal communities (Guardian)

Fire kills two-year-old boy, injures girl in Lagos (Punch) A two-year-old boy was burnt to death on Friday night after candlelight gutted a storey building on Ben Okonkwo Street, Ikotun area of Lagos State. It was learnt that a five-year-old…

Pope’s visit sparks spending debate in Mozambique (BBC)

Mozambique’s government expects to spend about $325,000 (£266,000) on preparations for Pope Francis’ visit next week, state radio reports, but not everybody is happy. “There is a basic budget but it is being adjusted, considering that when things like this…

Pope Francis makes it mandatory for clergy to report sex abuse (BBC)

Pope Francis has made it mandatory for Roman Catholic clergy to report cases of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups to the Church. In an Apostolic letter, which is set to become Church law, he makes clear that any sexual advance…

Pope Francis begins visit to Orthodox Bulgaria and North Macedonia (BBC)

Pope Francis has begun a three-day visit to Bulgaria and North Macedonia aimed partly at improving relations with the Orthodox Church. The Pope met Orthodox leaders in Bulgaria on Sunday, but they had already rejected taking part in joint services…

Sahara Energy’s $600m facility boosts S’Sudan Peace Process on the heels Pope’s symbolic feet kissing

As the South Sudanese people and the world remain in awe of the inspiring feet kissing and blessing of the nation’s leaders by Pope Francis, Sahara Energy Resources DMCC, Dubai, has extended a $600 million facility to help boost resurgent…

You can admire Messi but never call him ‘God’, Pope Francis cautions (Nation)

Soccer fans especially those obsessed with magical legs of Argentina international and Barcelona goal machine, Lionel Messi have been told to resist the temptation to either compare him with God or call him ‘God’ as that amounts to sacrilege. Head…

2019 Election: Declare Atiku winner now, PDP urges INEC (Punch) * 18 corps members kidnapped in Akwa Ibom (Guardian)

2019 Election: Declare Atiku winner now, PDP urges INEC (Punch) The Peoples Democratic Party has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner of the 2019 presidential election held across the country on Saturday.…

Pope compares child sex abuse to ‘human sacrifice’, vows action (Guardian)

Pope Francis on Sunday vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to “human sacrifice”. But his public address to the Church’s top bishops at the end of a landmark…

Father rapes his 2 daughters, remanded (Vanguard) * 12 presidential candidates dump ambition, endorse Buhari for Saturday election (Guardian)

Father rapes his 2 daughters, remanded (Vanguard) An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday remanded a father, Phillip Iyiola, 43, who allegedly raped his two daughters.  Iyiola has been remanded pending legal advice from the Oyo State…

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery (BBC)

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves. He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who…

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