Harsh sentences and ban on abortion put women at risk in Madagascar | AFP

In Madagascar, a predominantly Christian country that Pope Francis will visit in a few days’ time, abortion is illegal, including for victims of rape, and is punishable by ten years in prison. Activists campaigning for the legalisation of abortion are hoping their efforts will one day bring positive change to the many women across the country who have to turn to dangerous clandestine abortions.

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Bethlehem’s Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list | AFP

UNESCO removes Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity from its ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list after the building, identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, went under renovation and conservation works. Church and Palestinian officials have since overseen high-quality work restoring “roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors,” UNESCO said in a statement.

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In rural Nigeria, conflicts over land and scarce resources persist | AFP

In central Nigeria, where Muslim herders and Christian farmers co-exist, centuries-old conflicts over access to land and water are killing more people than the terrorist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. In recent years, tensions have been aggravated by a population boom and climate change, leading to violence spiraling out of control. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT

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Weber proud of Europe’s Christian values

A leading conservative candidate in the European Parliament elections that Europe should be proud of its Christian values. Speaking during a visit to Sofia, at a rally, Manfred Weber said: “It gives us also orientation for the future. We believe in these values.”