Italian nun beatified
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