Logo of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana. Credit: NPC

Religious Leaders in Ghana Call for Peace as Violence Sweeps Across the Country

Members of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana, among them Catholic Bishops, have condemned the rise of violence in at least three regions of the country: Kintampo, in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the North-East Region.

Smoke increases after Israeli airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

“Our staff is helpless”, Caritas MONA Says as Deadly Raids Continue in Israel-Hamas War

The West Bank remains “a huge prison” where people cannot move to get basic services, and Gaza is reeling in a deep humanitarian crisis, a Caritas official has said, noting that staff of the charity arm of the Church who are based in the two zones are unable to provide any help to those affected by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ Health "stable" Despite Breathing Difficulties, Vatican Says

The 86-year-old pope is being treated with antibiotics intravenously and is in “good and stable” condition without a fever, a Vatican spokesman said.

Karam AbiYazback, the Regional Coordinator of Caritas North Africa and the Middle East at a training workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Caritas Serving in Africa’s “forgotten crises” as Bigger Aid Follows the Media: Official

The more a crisis is highlighted by the media, the more likely it is to attract global aid, a Caritas official has said, noting that the humanitarian arm of the Church has distinguished itself for remaining committed to supporting those suffering in some of Africa’s crises that are not receiving a lot of press coverage.

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a Timeline of his Medical Issues in Recent Years

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years.

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe posing with Pope Francis. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe Decry Recalls of Elected Candidates as “new form of violence”

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe have decried what they are terming a “new form” of post-election violence characterized by “recalls of the elected” political candidates in the Southern African nation.  

Today, November 27, We Celebrate St. Francesco Antonio Fasani

St. Francesco (Francis) Antonio Fasani was born as Giovanneillo in Lucera, Italy in 1681, the son of Giuseppe Fasani and Isabella Della Monaca. He entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695 and took the names of St. Francis and St. Anthony. 

A session at a Caritas Internationalis training workshop in Nairobi Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa to Benefit from Caritas Internationalis Strategies to Foster Safeguarding

Members of Caritas Internationalis (CI) in Africa are set to benefit from a wide range of educational and funding strategies unveiled by the international humanitarian agency to enhance the protection of minors and vulnerable adults on the continent.

Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Missionary Priest in Niger Recognizes Apostolate with Blind as “a privilege”

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger has recognized with satisfaction his apostolate among children living with low vision and blindness, terming his experience “a privilege”.

Bishop Luka Sylvester Gopep. Credit: ACI Africa

Put in Place “enabling mechanism” for Self-Reliance: Bishop to Nigerian Authorities

There is need for the Nigerian government to plan for ways in which families can cope with life, providing for their day-to-day needs, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.

Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou of Brazzaville Archdiocese in Congo. Credit: Vatican Media

Pentecostalism Waging “guerrilla warfare" on Catholic Church in C. Brazzaville: Archbishop

Increasing Pentecostalism in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, is causing a kind of “guerrilla warfare" on the Catholic Church by disrupting the faith of many Catholic adherents in the Central African nation, Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou of Brazzaville has said.

Pope Francis and Mons. Paolo Braida during the Sunday Angelus address, Nov. 26 | Vatican Media

Papal Aide Relays Pope Francis’ Remarks at Sunday Angelus While Pope Recovers from Flu

During this week’s Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis spoke not from the window of the Apostolic Palace but via livestream from Casa Santa Marta.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: CEB

Address “soaring prices of basic necessities”: Catholic Bishops in Benin to Government

There is need for the government of Benin to address the rising cost of living in the West African nation, Catholic Bishops in the country have said. 

Today, November 26, We Celebrate St. Leonard of Port Maurice

St. Leonard was born on December 20, 1676 in Porto Maurizio, Italy. He was given the name Paul Jerome Casanova by his father, Domenico Casanova, a sea captain, and his mother, Anna Maria Benza.

Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula addressing delegates during the Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Three “practical” Ways Church in Africa Can Boost Evangelization Through Media

Investing in the media, training communication agents, and being innovative as a people of God are three “practical” ways the Church in Africa can realize to boost evangelization through digital culture, Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula has said.

Catholic Youths in Cape Verde at the World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: Diocese of Santiago

Plans Underway for National Jubilee Year of Catholic Youth Official Launch in Cape Verde

Plans are underway for the official launch of the National Jubilee Year of Catholic Youth in Cape Verde.

Bishop António Francisco Jaca of Benguela Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Catholic Bishop in Angola Challenges African Leaders to Contribute to “improving life”

A Catholic Bishop in Angola has weighed in on the November 22-24 Third Edition of the Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, also known as Luanda Biennial, challenging African leaders in attendance to take action that contribute to “improving life” on the continent.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama giving his speech at the 11th Convocation Ceremony of Godfrey Okoye University on Saturday, 18 November 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Nigerian Catholic University “a good setting for cross-fertilization of ideas”: Archbishop

Godfrey Okoye University (GOUNI), a Catholic institution of higher learning under the auspices of Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese, is facilitating the sharing of ideas among students and faculty drawn from “most” Nigerian States, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.