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Bishop João Noé Rodrigues of South Africa's Tzaneen Diocese. Credit:  SACBC

The Holy Spirit Fosters Unity among Church Leaders, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

The sense of communion among Church leaders is “a fruit of the Holy Spirit” in their respective lives, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said. 

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Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Visitors for Eritrean Catholics in US, Canada, and Europe

He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"God is not afraid of our sins": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

The pope made the comment at his general audience.

Ishmael Alfred Charles, the Caritas Freetown Programs Manager and In Country Manager at the Healy International Relief Foundation at a past event Credit: Ishmael Alfred Charles

Former Child Soldier Behind Sierra Leone’s Catholic Projects Eyes Prestigious Award

Ishmael Alfred Charles who was captured at the age of nine to fight in the ill-famed Sierra Leonean civil war that ended in 2002 is relishing the restoration of his biblical years eaten by locusts.  

Today, January 19, We Celebrate St. Canutus, King of Denmark

Saint Canutus, King of Denmark,  succeeded his elder brother Harold on the throne of Denmark in the year 1080. He began his reign by a successful war against the enemies of the state, and by planting the faith in the conquered provinces.

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Separatists Storm Parish in Nigeria’s Onitsha Archdiocese, Holy Mass “temporarily” Halted

Militants alleged to be enforcers of the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group in Nigeria, stormed St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish of Onitsha Archdiocese Tuesday, January 18 in an incident that saw Holy Mass that was being celebrated “temporarily” halted.

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Ursuline Sister Detained in Ethiopia Freed, “well and in good general condition”: Superior

The member of the Institute of the Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary in Ethiopia who was arrested by the government police forces more than 40 days ago has been released and is “well and in good general condition.”

Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan of Togo's Lomé Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Lomé

Accompany Prayer for Christian Unity with “concrete gestures”: Catholic Archbishop in Togo

A Catholic Archbishop in Togo has called on followers of Christ to use the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity not only to pray for unity but also to accompany the initiative with concrete gestures of love for one another.

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At Start of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Priest Urges Defense of Human Dignity

A Catholic Priest at the helm of the International Ecumenical Movement-Kenya Chapter (IEM-K) has, in his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), called on all followers of Christ to unite in the defense of human dignity and the freedom of worship. 

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican Asks Catholic Bishops to Invite Local Protestant, Orthodox Leaders in Synodal Path

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigeria Transiting “from one major national challenge to another”: Catholic Archbishop

The challenges faced in Nigeria including “criminal activities and mindless killings” are endless as they seem to replace each other, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.

Today, January 18, We Celebrate St. Charles of Sezze

Saint Charles was born John Charles Marchioni in Sezze, Italy on October 19, 1613.  His family was extremely pious. They lived in a rural area and as a child Saint Charles worked as a shepherd.  

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) with President Faustin Archange Touadera. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in CAR Highlight Country’s Challenges, Lament Negative Media Reports

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, highlighted challenges the country is facing and lamented negative media reports, which they say tarnish the reputation of the country and cause “great economic damage”.

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Ursuline Sisters “worried, saddened” about Prolonged Detainment of Colleague in Ethiopia

Members of the Institute of the Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary in Ethiopia are worried that they are being kept in the dark concerning the situation of their colleague who was arrested by the government police forces more than 40 days ago.

Fr. Edegard Silva Junior. Credit: ACN

Catholic Parishioners in Mozambique Make Wooden Crucifix from House Destroyed by Militants

Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Mozambique’s Catholic Diocese of Pemba are using a Crucifix they made from a piece of wood they salvaged from one of the houses that militants burnt down in the mission of Nangololo.

The Girls Club at Dar el Salam camp received MHM kit and training by JRS, along with ACRA and CELIAF, and the support of the MENFP, UNICEF and ECW. Credit: Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS)

Catholic Entity in Chad Providing Menstrual Hygiene Education among Refugee Students

More than 6,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) attending Chad’s local schools are benefitting from the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) education spearheaded by Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Looks Ahead to the 1700th Anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek unity.