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Month of the Bible: Catholics in DR Congo Urged to be “stewards of nature”

Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been urged to be “stewards of nature” during the annual month of the Bible declared by members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Today, October 2, We Celebrate The Guardian Angels

The truth that each and every human soul has a Guardian Angel who protects us from both spiritual and physical evil has been shown throughout the Old Testament, and is made very clear in the New.

Archbishop Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba of Libreville Archdiocese in Gabon. Credit: Libreville Archdiocese

Success of Gabon’s Transition Depends on “involvement of everyone”: Archbishop

The success of Gabon’s transitional government put in place following the August 30 military  coup  that ousted President Ali Bongo from power will depend on the “involvement of everyone,” the Catholic Archbishop of Libreville has said.

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Priest in Niger Facilitating Help to Families in “almost impossible situation” after Coup

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese is facilitating help to members of families in “almost impossible situation” amid effects of the July 26 military coup that led to the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

Mass burial in Runji village, Zangon Kataf LGA on 16 April. Credit: Nasarawa Mirror

Nigerian Police Commissioner Seeking Ties with Religious Leaders to Address Insecurity

The new Police Commissioner of Nigeria’s Kaduna State is seeking to strengthen the relationship between the Police and religious leaders as a “strategy” to address insecurity in the State.

Trócaire programme officers held a GBV awareness programme in Luuq, Somalia. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Bishops’ Entity Seeking to End Gender-Based Violence in Somalia, Helping Victims

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, is seeking to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Somalia in an initiative that also involves supporting victims of the vice. 

Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: Vatican Media

Cardinals Send "dubia" to Pope Francis Ahead of Synod on Synodality

Five cardinals have sent a set of questions to Pope Francis to express their concerns and seek clarification on points of doctrine and discipline ahead of this week’s opening of the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican. 

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

"Not much new" Will Come out of this Year’s Synod, Vatican’s Doctrine Chief Predicts

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández predicts that “those who expect big changes” to come out of this month’s Synod of Bishops will be “disappointed.”

Five children representing five continents speak with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Oct. 1, 2023. The pope will hold a meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Hold Meeting with Children at the Vatican on Nov. 6

The theme of the event in the Paul VI Audience Hall will be “Let us learn from boys and girls.” 

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Returnees Fleeing War-Torn Sudan Thank Caritas South Sudan for Facilitating Evacuation

Returnees who were recently evacuated from war-torn Sudan have lauded Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the East-Central African country,  for facilitating their return to Juba.

Today, October 1, We Celebrate St. Therese of the Child Jesus

On October 1, Catholics around the world honor the life of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, or St. Thérèse of Lisieux on her feast day.  St. Thérèse was born January 2, 1873 in Alençon, France to pious parents, both of whom are scheduled to be canonized in October 2016.

The Coat of Arms of Cardinal-designate, Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla of juba Archdiocese in South Sudan. Credit: ACI Africa/Eye Radio

A Drum, Other Elements on South Sudanese Cardinal-Designate’s Coat of Arms Explained

The Vicar General of South Sudan’s Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has explained the symbols and motto represented in the coat of arms of Cardinal-designate, Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla.

A poster for the Season of Creation. Credit: JCED Malawi

“Season of Creation Documentary”: Church Officials in Malawi Call for Justice for Creation

Catholic Church officials in Malawi have, in a new documentary on the Season of Creation 2023, called for “justice, reconciliation and healing for people affected with climate change.”

Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops with former President, Edgar Lungu of Zambia and other attendees of the first sub-regional consultative meeting. Credit: Vatican News

Planned 2024 Meeting of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Bishops to “address various challenges”

Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are to deliberate on “various challenges” bedeviling the people of God in the African region, including inequality, and concerns around the environment. 

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at a Saturday morning consistory in St. Peter’s Square (Sept. 30, 2023). | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Creates 21 New Cardinals, Expanding Body's Geographic Diversity

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at a Saturday morning consistory in St. Peter’s Square, reflecting on how the geographic expansion of the Church’s leadership represents a fulfillment of the promise of Pentecost.

The Sept. 30 prayer service, called “Together,” which was organized by the ecumenical community Taizé, included eight minutes of silence for personal prayer. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Calls Silence "essential" at Prayer Vigil for Synod on Synodality

Pope Francis told those gathered at an ecumenical prayer vigil days before the opening of the Synod on Synodality that silence is essential for Christians.

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals for the Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. The men, whose ages range from 49 to 96, come from 15 different countries and five continents. | Vatican Media

We Asked the New Cardinals: How Should the Church Evangelize the World Today?

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals for the Catholic Church on Saturday. The men, whose ages range from 49 to 96, come from 15 different countries and five continents.

Archbishop Alex (center) pose for picture with catechists who recently graduated from Emthonjeni Pastoral Centre. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Catechists in Zimbabwe Urged to Indiscriminately Spread God’s Love, Mercy to All

The Archbishop of Bulawayo Archdiocese in Zimbabwe has called upon catechists in the Southern African nation to spread God’s love and mercy among all the people without discrimination.