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By Christopher Torchia The Associated Press

’Day Zero’: Water shut-off looms in South Africa’s Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Long lines of South Africans collect water daily from a natural spring pipeline in an upscale suburb of Cape Town, illustrating the harsh impact of a drought that authorities say could force the closure of most taps in the country’s second largest city in just over two months, an occasion ominously known as “Day Zero.”

Pope Francis to visit Africa for first time; Catholics there await a message of reconciliation

JOHANNESBURG Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a “new homeland” for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II travelled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname “the African.” Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope.