French-owned beverage company STAR said on Tuesday it has requested an independent audit of its supply chain in Madagascar following media reports linking maize production to deforestation in the west of the country.
Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated a former student of his who is now sometimes called Madagascar's "living saint" for having changed the lives of thousands of poor people who once lived in garbage dumps.
Pope Francis, on a visit to Madasgascar, on Sunday condemned what he said was its clan culture of privilege and corruption that allows a very few to live in wealth while the vast majority languish in grinding poverty.
As a shocked world watches fires ravage the Amazon, slash-and-burn farmers are wreaking proportionally worse destruction half a world away in Madagascar, driving humanity's smallest relative - the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur - to extinction.
Three times a year, Father Pedro Opeka celebrates Mass in a vast grey quarry in the hills above Madagascar's capital. This week, he will welcome his old teacher, Pope Francis, to see the chiseled granite altar from where he ministers.
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