Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

“True encouragement”: Cardinal in DR Congo on Pope Francis’ “comforting presence”

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has described the presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as “comforting” and that it is “a true encouragement” for the people of God in the Central African nation “who are suffering in body and soul”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; Pope Francis; and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, lead a prayer service for Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian christians in Juba, Sudan. / Vatican Media

Those Who Choose Christ Choose Peace: Pope Francis at Ecumenical Prayer Service in S.Sudan

About 50,000 people attended the ecumenical prayer service.

Sr. Caroline Mbonu. Credit: Global Sisters Report

Foreign Values, “Temptations of this world” Threats to Consecrated Life in Africa: Nun

Following lifestyles that are foreign to Africa and “temptations of this world” are among aspects that threaten the future of Consecrated Life on the continent, a Catholic Nun in Nigeria has told ACI Africa in an interview. 

Pope Francis interacted with an energetic crowd of 65,000 young adults and catechists at Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Feb. 2, 2023. / Vatican Media

Catholic Priest, Students Arrested for Chants against President after Papal Event in DRC

The students and Father Guy Julien Muluku were detained nearly 34 hours before being released shortly before 10 p.m. on Feb. 3.

Today, February 4, we celebrate St. Joseph of Leonessa

Joseph of Leonessa, OFM Cap.;  was the third of eight children born at Leonessa (Italy) on January 8, 1556.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with Pope Francis at the Headquarters of CENCO in Kinshasa 03 February 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

“Unforgettable days spent with us”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Thank Pope Francis

The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanked Pope Francis for the “unforgettable days” the Holy Father spent with the people of God in the country during his four-day Apostolic visit that concluded Friday, February 3. 

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United for Peace in South Sudan in the Nine-day “walking for peace”: Bishop, Pilgrims

Pilgrims in the nine-day “walking for peace” pilgrimage organized by the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek who arrived in Juba on Thursday, February 2, the eve of the arrival of Pope Francis in South Sudan, were united for peace and reconciliation in the country.

Hon. Susan Thomas Perembata, MP for Ezo County in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State. Credit: ACI Africa

Latest Papal Trip Answers, “Can something good happen in South Sudan?": Legislator

A Member of Parliament (MP) in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State has said the second leg of Pope Francis' two African nation trip is a “miracle” to the people of God in the East-Central African nation.

Pope Francis met the Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo on his final day in Kinshasa on Feb. 3, 2023 | Elias Turk/CNA

Congolese Catholics are "a lung" for the Universal Church: Pope Francis

The enthusiasm, joy, and missionary zeal of Congolese Catholics give oxygen to the whole Church, Pope Francis said during his final meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.

An IDP Camp in Mozambique. Credit: DHPI

Catholic Charity Calls for Renewed Humanitarian Advocacy as Mozambican IDPs Face Famine

The Catholic charity, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has warned of impending famine in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, noting that IDPs in the embattled province are already experiencing food shortage.

Pope Francis speaks at an audience with the Democratic Republic of Congo's authorities, diplomats, and representatives of civil society in the on Jan. 31, 2023, on the first leg of a six-day trip that will also include South Sudan. At right is President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Vatican Media

Why Pope Francis’ Focus on Africa, Church Peripheries is “disruptive in a good sense”

Pope Francis has paid special attention to Africa, a Catholic theologian has said, noting that the Holy Father’s focus on Africa, which he says has always been the periphery, is “disruptive in a good sense.”

Blessed Benedict Daswa, who was martyred in 1990, and beatified September 13. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Stand up and be counted”: South African Catholic Bishop Urges Emulation of Blessed Daswa

At the anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Benedict Daswa, Bishop Xolile Thaddeus Kumalo of South Africa’s Witbank Diocese has hailed the martyr for standing up for Christ and encouraged the people of God in the country to follow his example, to “stand up and be counted”. 

Pope Francis addresses South Sudan’s government and members of the diplomatic corps Feb. 3, 2023. / Vatican Media

"No more bloodshed," Pope Francis Begs South Sudanese Leaders on Day 1 of Pilgrimage

On the first day of his peace pilgrimage, Pope Francis begged the leaders of South Sudan to work together to put an end to bloody conflict in their country.

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lands in South Sudan, Fulfills Yearslong Dream to Nation in Civil Strife

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.”

Today we celebrate St. Blaise, patron saint of throat diseases and laryngologists

Blaise was a hard-working bishop dedicated to encouraging the spiritual and physical health of his people in Sebastea, Armenia.

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Catholic Peace Entity Warns of Infighting Within Peace-Keeping Groups in DR Congo

The war in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could transition to infighting within armed groups that have pitched camp in the Eastern part of the country, Catholic charity Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) has said.

Pilgrims from DR Congo to Participate in Ecumenical Prayer in Juba, South Sudan

A group of pilgrims from Dorima Dungu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are in South Sudan to participate in the ecumenical prayer service to be presided over by Pope Francis, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.

Ecumenical Visit Indication Church is for “wellbeing” of South Sudanese: Jesuit Priest

The realization of the ecumenical visit to South Sudan is a demonstration of the concern the church has for the people of God in South Sudan, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has told ACI Africa.