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Thousands protest in Mauritius over dead dolphins, demand resignations

Mauritius dolphins

Addis Ababa. EthiopiaReuters Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Mauritius capital Port Louis on Saturday to demand an investigation into an oil spill from a Japanese ship and the mysterious death of at least 40 dolphins that have been found near the site of the spill.  Environmentalists have called for an investigation into whether the […]

Pope warns booming Mauritius against “idolatrous economic model”

Pope Mauritius

Vatican CityRNS Known as a beach bum’s paradise and a millionaire’s tax haven, the island nation of Mauritius welcomed Pope Francis, who encouraged its people to embrace their rich diversity as the country struggles with past and recent forms of colonisation. “You possess an authoritative voice, one that has taken on life,” Francis said while […]

Pope’s ex-student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry “cathedral”

Priest Madagascar

Antananarivo, MadagascarReuters Three times a year, Father Pedro Opeka celebrates Mass in a vast grey quarry in the hills above Madagascar’s capital. This week, he will welcome his old teacher, Pope Francis, to see the chiselled granite altar from where he ministers. Opeka studied theology under the future pope in their native Argentina before dedicating […]