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Nigerians demand release of student who won’t renounce faith

LAGOS (CNS): While Catholic and Muslim leaders welcomed the release of 104 schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram, they urged the government to work for the release of the remaining girl, a Christian who reportedly refused to denounce her faith. 
 
The schoolgirls, who were kidnapped on February 19, were released on March 21. Five of them were killed during captivity. 
 

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No tolerance for tribal religious politics

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis may be a man of compassion and forgiveness, but when it comes to a matter of tribal religious politics he draws his Mason-Dixon Line.
Early in June, he told priests of the diocese Ahiara in Nigeria to accept and welcome their new bishop, not just despite the fact that he comes from a different tribal background, but because of it.
 

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Migration not an economic answer

ABUJA (SE): “Human trafficking is likely to increase the number of frustrated people who cannot make ends meet. You know by the time you finish university and you are roaming the streets for three, four, five and six years with no job and you reach 30 or 31-years-of-age with no future, it is very difficult to sit down quietly,” Fides quoted John Cardinal Oneiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, in Nigeria, as saying.

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