Jihadists Seize Key Town in Mozambique

Islamist insurgents have seized the strategic northern Mozambique port town of Mocimboa da Praia, close to where foreign companies are working on a $60 billion natural gas project. The army and the police have launched a counter-offensive. A security source said the insurgents arrived in two speedboats to attack Mocimboa da Praia from the east while others attacked by land, overwhelming the army.

Pope Francis Not Afraid of Schism, Strikes Back at Critics

“I am not afraid of schisms. I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health,” Pope Francis told journalists aboard an aircraft flying from Antananarivo in Africa, back to Rome, Italy, the headquarters of the Catholic Church. The Pope also encouraged media personnel to fulfill their duties well by sticking to the facts honestly.