Ital­ian nun be­at­i­fied

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

Since an al­liance of rebels seized Tripoli last year and the in­ter­na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized lead­er­ship fled to the east, Libya has had two ri­val gov­ern­ments, fight­ing a civil war.

Both field “armies” formed mainly of loose coali­tions of rebel groups that fought against Gaddafi, fund­ing them­selves out of Libya’s oil rev­enue.

Some parts of the coun­try are also in the hands of Is­lamist groups, in­clud­ing fighters who pro­claim al­le­giance to Is­lamic State, the group that con­trols much of Syria and Iraq.

Colonel Mo­hamed Abu Breeda, as­sis­tant direc­tor of the il­le­gal migration depart­ment at the Tripoli gov­ern­ment’s in­te­rior min­istry said he had 8,000 men to cover the vast desert coun­try and lacked ve­hi­cles and weapons to guard its desert bor­ders.

“Our pos­si­bil­i­ties are very, very limited. We can­not do any­thing with­out sup­port from the Euro­pean Union,” he said.

“The south­ern bor­ders are open with­out any mon­i­tor­ing.... The smug­glers have weapons, bet­ter ca­pa­bil­i­ties.” — Reuters KAM­PALA — Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered in a cen­tral Kenyan town Satur­day to at­tend the be­at­i­fi­ca­tion cer­e­mony of an Ital­ian nun who worked for many years in this East African na­tion.

Up to 100,000 peo­ple from all over the world gath­ered in Ny­eri to wit­ness the cer­e­mony at Dedan Ki­mathi Uni­ver­sity in which Sis­ter Irene Ste­fani was de­clared “Blessed Irene,” Kenya’s Daily Na­tion news­pa­per re­ported Satur­day.

Mil­lions more watched the be­at­i­fi­ca­tion — re­port­edly the first on African soil — live on tele­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

Be­at­i­fi­ca­tion is the first step to­ward pos­si­ble saint­hood, and it comes af­ter of­fi­cial verification that a mir­a­cle hap­pened af­ter prayers were of­fered to the can­di­date. In the case of Ste­fani, a 1989 mir­a­cle in Mozam­bique — a coun­try she had never vis­ited — was at­trib­uted to her. — AP

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