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A woman attends a demonstration in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday Sept. 11, 2014, calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok. More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno on April 14. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the act. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

Report: Boko Haram threatens regional capital in Nigeria

Catholic News Agency

The militant Islamic group Boko Haram has surrounded Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, according to local leaders who charge that the national government is not doing enough to combat the group.

Pope Francis leaves after a wedding ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.  Pope Francis married 20 couples Sunday, including some who already live together and those with children, technically a sin in the eyes of the church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope's appointment may signal advances in new abuse office

- Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis’ latest appointment to a commission designed to fight sexual abuse of minors may have an effect in shaping the upcoming Vatican office also dedicated to combatting abuse.